Alexandra Origenes for ASUC Senate

 
 

PLATFORMS

1.   LEAD Center RSO Advising and Student Relations

The LEAD Center was created to be the center of student organizations’ affairs, advising, and support. With over one thousand RSOs (registered student organizations) on campus, they are a vital part to the thriving Cal culture and an outlet for students to engage in what they’re passionate about beyond the classroom. But because of budget and staffing cuts, the advising in the LEAD Center has become increasingly inaccessible and invisible. Students should feel empowered and comfortable in the frameworks in place currently to utilize the important resources that the LEAD Center provides, such as funding resources, transactional guidance, and fostering leadership skills. To this end, there needs to be a liaison between student organizations and the LEAD center to compile information that can be provided to advisors for improvement. To address necessary feedback, we can utilize feedback forms from student organizations in consistent meetings with their advisors to increase communication and accountability. There are also opportunities to implement meet-and-greet hours with RSO signatories and advisors. To alleviate the need for more efficient and quick advising questions, there is a goal to create a permanent peer advisor position that would host drop-in hours for any RSOs needing help with basic administrative needs. There will also be an overall re-evaluation of the function and structure of the LEAD Center so that students, their organizations, and advisors are working together in the best ways that they can. The LEAD Center is one of the apexes for student organizations on this campus, making it a crucial and integral piece of many communities and student representation that deserves and needs a restructuring to better serve student organization. Through the fostering of more productive relationships between students and advisors, we can resist space and budget cuts, empower the advising process, and empower students.

 

2.   Greek Risk Management Policy, Education, and Advocacy

CW: party culture, power dynamics, SVSH, alcohol-related incidents

The UC Berkeley Greek community has made strides over the last few years in facing and attempting to combat instances of alcohol-related tragedy, sexual violence/harassment, drugging, and coercive gendered/powered behavior between members of its own community and members of the rest of campus. To achieve an atmosphere of equity, respect, and safety within the Greek system, there is a continued need for the education and advocacy efforts that have been introduced previously by students. Advocacy and education of the Responsible Bystander Policy needs to continue so that students understand their rights and are not afraid to seek medical assistance. The implementation of education structures using pre-existing campus organizations, like PartySafe@Cal, GASA (Greeks Against Sexual Assault), the Gender Equity Resource Center, among others, is important in showing solidarity with campus efforts and continuing the education of Greek students related to risk management. Particularly through the education of newly matriculating students, there is the possibility to use discourse and education to change the social norms around party culture and promote the safety of students above all. The Greek community has the responsibility of assuming impact reduction on other communities, and creating an intersectional approach to education. The use of data, collected by campus groups such as C.A.T., will help inform the gaps in community education and help dictate how we educate our members.

 

3.   Community Standards of Health

A community is only as thriving and productive as its health standards are. As students at UC Berkeley and community partners with the larger city of Berkeley, it is imperative that we hold ourselves to a standard of accessible, affordable, humxn-centered health and are proactive in the pursuit for adequate health services. Health care is a humxn right, and it encompasses physical, mental, emotional, campus, academic, and environmental wellness. The vision is to create actionable items and institutional student health rights, with the input from students, the Tang Center/UHS, SHIP, CE3, the School of Public Health, the Vice Chancellor of Equity and Inclusion, and other campus actors who would like to be participatory in the conversation about what it means to have health and be healthy on Berkeley’s campus. Additionally, it would set the minimum standards that students can hold the University accountable to in seeking an environment that is conducive to mental, emotional, physical, and environmental health. Additionally, if I were elected, I would hope to create a health clinics where students/staffers in my office can coach other students through basic medical forms, through navigating UHS or healthcare options, and can serve as volunteer caseworkers for the improvement of health literacy of students in simple ways that can set students up for success in managing their own healthcare. As a student in the School of Public Health, I promise to represent student interests in SPH and work to increase their voices and resources. Additionally, as a member of the Berkeley community, I promise to uphold and advocate for Berkeley community health.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Chi Omega Risk Manager* | December 2016-present
  • UC Berkeley Panhellenic Council Vice President of Communications* | November 2015-December 2016

  • Lead Undergraduate Research Apprentice* | Center of Expertise in Women’s Health, Gender, Empowerment, UCGHI, The Bixby Center, School of Public Health | September 2016-present

  • PartySafe@Cal Peer Advocate/Community Health Educator* | January 2017-present

  • Undergraduate Representative to the Wellness Fund Advisory Committee (Office of the AAVP)* | January 2017-present

  • Undergraduate Representative to the CERC/F8 Committee* | September 2016-present

  • Undergraduate Public Health Program (major program)* | July 2016-present

  • Cal Undergraduate Public Health Coalition Member* | September 2016-present

  • FeelGood World Member* | September 2014-present

 

ENDORSEMENTS

  • Lizzy Rothstein, President, Chi Omega Fraternity
  • Jon Jay, President, C.A.T (CalGreeks Alcohol Taskforce)

  • Juliet Swanson, President, FeelGood Berkeley Chapter