Hung Huynh for ASUC Senate
1. Cal 1 Card University Points: Generalization of the Card Point System
Financial wellness here at Berkeley is significant to all students, especially with 29% of our campus being first-generation and over 47% of us being eligible to access resources from the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). By enabling Cal 1 ID cards to purchase textbooks, school supplies, and much more with a generalized point system, students can have the security of knowing that they will be able to attain all proper resources for their education here. This transforms the Cal 1 ID card into an accessible card that allows people to purchase more than just items with meal points; this helps students of all different socioeconomic backgrounds to navigate payments when money is not accessible or when people cannot have access to debit cards. By using this general points system, the points can be used whenever needed and refilled throughout the semester by deposition of money. There will be a financial literacy guideline and informational sessions offered to guide students on how to make efficient use of the generalized and refillable point system. These guidelines can come in pamphlets students can receive along their ID cards and addressed during CalSO and Welcome Week programs. Ultimately, this reformation is to serve students the guarantee that they can receive their education here at UC Berkeley without the worry of being unable to attain proper necessities that go beyond food here.
As an ASUC Senator, I will work closely and persistently with the ASUC CTO and CalCentral to ensure that this development can be integrated into our current system. Although there will be many steps of progression to bring this platform into fruition, I will work to have the administrative and ASUC support to properly carry this out with the resources and capacity that our student government and university has. By advocating this plan to the ASUC Senate and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, I will proceed to make this platform happen so that every student can use their point system for beyond meals.
2. CalCentral: Streamlining Resources for Accessibility
CalCentral can truly be the main system used to navigate and simplify a plethora of resources here at UC Berkeley when we address the possibilities that it could become. Currently, students are only using the website mainly to schedule classes and manage their finances—but it could be used for so much more. By simplifying Tang Center appointments and access through CalCentral for convenience and linking organization websites such as the ASUC, Greek Official Website, business organizations, and many more under compartments (i.e., Business, Entertainment, Politics, Dance, etc.) to CalCentral for accessibility, the site can fully be a resourceful center integrated into students’ daily lives. This systematic combination will allow students an easy navigation through the main activities and hundreds of resources here at Berkeley.
I will propose and advocate this idea to the ASUC Senate and Interim Vice Chancellor Stephen C. Sutton. I can then proceed to carry out this platform by working, once again, closely with the ASUC CTO, Cal Central. And with thorough outline of my vision for the reformation of CalCentral, I will work to improve the system to simplify and better it for all students to access as an ASUC Senator.
3. Textbook Affordability: Mandating Price Limit on Course Readers
Students here at UC Berkeley share the concern about reducing the high cost of course materials. Alongside expensive textbooks, there are also course readers of which many range over $100. To ensure textbook affordability, there will can be a hard limit mandated on course readers along with multiple page-to-price limits. Depending on the amount of pages of the course reader, it will fall under a particular price with the highest price being $100 (i.e., 50-400 would be under $15, 401-700 would be under $40, 701-1,100 would be under $60, 1,101-1,500 would be under 80, and 1,500+ would be under $100). This hard limit set on course readers will ensure that students will never have to budget over $100, making them more accessible to purchase when they have multiple other course textbooks to purchase.
Having the opportunity to serve as an ASUC Senator, I will advocate for this platform to the ASUC Senate. Once my platform is supported and approved, I will then work thoroughly alongside the AAVP and Berkeley administration (i.e., Vice Chancellor of Undergraduate Education Kathy Koshland) to ensure that the hard limit on course readers is enacted and ensure no course reader will be above $100.
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