Maddie Miller for ASUC Senate
1. Greek Inclusivity & Diversity Education
This platform focuses on inclusivity and unity among Greeks in the Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils. I strive to support members of the Greek community by educating potential new members (PNMs) on topics such as gender and racial identities, body image, and mental health. I want to do this to start better acknowledging the diversity of identities, personalities, and positions among members of the Greek community, especially during recruitment. In conjunction with the IFC and PHC Vice Presidents of Community Development, we will begin the implementation of education sessions before PNMs begin the recruitment process. I think it is important to start creating a rhetoric of knowledge and empowerment among new members when entering into our Greek community. Conversely, it is also necessary and important for PNMs to be educated on topics that we as a community value. This education will increase community respect and help set a precedent of value and educational standards for our new members. The Berkeley Greek community is unlike many other Greek communities in the sense that we strive to hold each other to a higher standard of appreciation and respect. Educational accountability is a great place to begin this precedent. I seek implementation of this change by working with the VPs of Community Development, the Gender Equity Resource Center, mental health coalitions and other on campus organizations to establish effective and informative programing sessions for PNMs. This education requirement will also apply to active members of the Greek community before they begin recruitment as well. During the days leading up to recruitment each chapter will address these topics in an educational and conversational setting. It is important for our active community members and PNMs to be on the same page when beginning the recruitment process. It’s not only important for active community members to be aware of their words and actions, but for the PNMs to be educated as well.
2. Cal Central & Course Enrollment
I plan to revitalize and improve the CalCentral course enrollment system by increasing accessibility and transparency of the system itself. After meeting with the Student Information Systems Project committee, we will start by creating simple surveys and feedback forms students can be presented with after they finish the online enrollment process. This will allow for a more frequent and accurate assessment of students’ experiences with the system. I’m seeking the removal of the shopping cart function, as well as updating to a direct enrollment process. I will facilitate town halls and meetings between administrators and students to help provide the undergraduate community with a face-to-face opportunity to communicate about any issues they are having with the system. Working with the SIS committee, we will routinely be the voice and representation for students’ needs, helping express concerns with the process. The long-term goal of this platform is to implement a Golden Bear Orientation program to teach incoming new students about the enrollment process and Berkeley online student systems (CalCentral, bCourses, etc.).
3. Pre-Law Programming
Along with continuing our current pre-law work (LSAT DeCal, coalition, etc), I want to also establish a smaller opportunity for students to apply to a program that grants them access to certain specified classes at Berkeley Law. The students selected would be able to sit in on the available class(es), gain a little insight into what it's like, and hopefully be more sure in their decisions to attend law school. I'd want the selection of students to be done by a governing body within Senator Hernandez’s pre-law coalition along with faculty from the Law School. A governing body (president, VPs, etc.) will receive applications from members of the coalition (also supporting the presence of the pre-law community itself). Upon review of the applications, a decision could be made based on merit, desire, and qualification. This way, students are still able to have the opportunity to connect with Berkeley Law, but the law school is not overrun with any undergraduate who may or may not be interested in law in the long run. In past work I've found that working with the law school is much more efficient if we as undergraduates can do the majority of the project planning ourselves. Having a predetermined select group of students makes the process a lot easier for the law school administration. I'm already very close to Berkeley Law Professor Franklin Zimring, who's helping us with the DeCal. Working with pre-law organizations will also be necessary, as well as the Graduate Assembly.
- Chief of Staff, ASUC Senator Hernandez
2016 President, CalGreeks Programming Council
Chapter President, Alpha Phi; Pre-law student
- Lauren Hadley, Vice President of Programming and Education, Alpha Phi Lambda Chapter
Brianna Rotherham, Vice President of Membership Recruitment, Alpha Phi Lambda Chapter
Lauren Vetter, Vice President of Risk Management, Alpha Phi Lambda Chapter
Sarah Cassell, Vice President of Marketing, Alpha Phi Lambda Chapter
Alexandra Dutch, Vice President of Chapter Operations, Alpha Phi Lambda Chapter
Max Klaiman, Chapter President of Chi Phi Fraternity
Natasha Cougoule, President of BMUN*
Summer Collins, Panhellenic President*
Eric Berger, Interfraternity Council President*
Miranda Hernandez, ASUC Senator*
*Titles for identification purposes only