Melvin for Senate

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Melvin Tangonan is a second year undergraduate student majoring in Political Science and Public Health and minoring in Education. Melvin first became involved in the ASUC in the Fall of 2017 an an intern in the Office of former Senator* Rizza Estacio. In Melvin’s second year in the ASUC, he has served as the Director for Pilipinx Outreach and Development in the Office of the President*. He is excited to bring all that he has learned to address the lack of representation for the Pilipinx Community in the ASUC. Melvin is excited to run for ASUC Senate because he sees issues with centralized academic resources, funding of student organizations in and out of the Pilipinx Community, food accessibility for students and the difficulty for student organizations to book events in the Student Union. He believes that working with the ASUC and its resources will make an impact in improving the experiences of students as a whole. On campus, Melvin is a member of the Rally Committee, a Community Liaison for the Pilipinx Basketball Association, and works as a member of the Event Staff in the MLK Student Union.


Qualifications

  • Intern, Office of Senator Rizza Estacio* (2017 - 2018)

  • ASUC Student Representative, ASUC Academic Senate-American Cultures Committee* (2017 - 2018)

  • Director, ASUC Office of the President-Department of Pilipinx Outreach and Development (2018 - Present)

  • Community Liasion, Pilipinx Basketball Association* (2018 - Present)

  • Pilipinx Community Representative, Undocumented Student Coalition* (2018 - Present)

  • Technical Assistant, Pilipinx American Alliance-Pilipinx Cultural Night* (2017 - 2018)

  • Technical Director, PAA Pilipinx Cultural Night (2018 - Present)

  • Student Service Representative, Student Ministry Team: Newman Hall Holy Spirit Parish* (2017 - 2018)

  • Fellow, Buffy Wick’s Campaign for District 15 Assembly* (2017 - 2018)

  • Intern, Pilipinx Academic Health Association: Medical Mission Trip Coordinator* (2018 - 2019)

  • Intern, Pilipinx Academic Student Services: Outreach Component* (2017 - 2018)

  • Planning Committee, PASS Shadow Weekend 2017 and 2018* (2017 - 2018)

  • Volunteer Coordinator, Planning Committee: Friendship Games 2018* (2018 - 2019)

  • Planning Committee, Bridges Senior Weekend, PASS (2018)

  • Member, UC Rally Committee* (2017 - Present)

*Titles for identification purposes only, and do not signify endorsement.


Endorsements

  • Pilipinx Community*

  • Alexander Wilfert, ASUC President*

  • Joshua Laurel, Pilipinx Basketball Association (PBA) Co-Executives*

  • Allen Ciancaglini, Pilipinx Basketball Association (PBA) Co-Executives*

  • Katrina Songco, Pilipinx Cultural Night (PCN) Co-Producer*

  • Victoria-Ashley Alvarez, Pilipino American Alliance (PAA) Chair*

  • Kara Turner, Pilipino Association For Health Careers (PAHC) Executive*

  • Stephanie Luna, Associate Chief of Community Development, Office of the President*

  • Joseph Simbre, Newman Hall Student Ministry Team Co-Executive*

  • Liam Jocson, The Partnership for Pre-Professional Pilipinos (P4) Co-Executive*

  • Maddy Malicdem, Maganda Magazine Editor in Chief*

  • Nick Araujo, ASUC Senator*

  • Nikhil Harish, ASUC Senator*

  • Amma Sarkodee-Adoo, ASUC Senator*

  • Andy Theocharous, ASUC Senator*

  • Aaron Bryce Lee, ASUC Senator*

  • Ethan Schlatter, President of Theatre 4 Charity*

  • Anton Gutierrez, Vice President of Relations, ABA*

All titles are for identification purposes only.


How We’ll Get it Done

I. Pilipinx Organization Representation

  • Increase financial and space support for the Pilipinx Organization through the ASUC and University

    • Equity and Inclusion: Advocate to the University to provide spaces for other communities, like the Pilipinx Community

    • Long Term: Go beyond the senator position and advocate to the Chancellor and Vice Chancellors in the topic of Deferred Maintenance. CA is looking for a bond to get money for the renovations of Campus Buildings. I hope to advocate for an increase of spaces for the Pilipinx Organizations on campus.

  • Access to Academic Resources

    • Create a centralized resource bank, online through students berkeley emails, for the Pilipinx Community where they can access academic, mental health and events resources. In addition, stay updated with work that the ASUC is doing for the Community.

II. Food Accessibility for Students

  • Support more food access to EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) users  

    • Support the work with Cal Dining to meet the EBT authorization standards

    • Create a resource guide for students to know where they can use their EBT and have them access it through email

  • Support the reforming Meal Plans for students

    • Increase Flex Points for students on the standard meal plan, so they can have the sufficient amount of meals on a given day

III. Event Policies and Operations

  • Reform the Major Events Policy on Cultural Performances

    • The time it takes to notify campus of events from a six weeks decrease to 4 weeks

    • Help alleviate the process for Registered Student Organizations to run Cultural Shows in Zellerbach

  • Improve Administrative support and accessibility for Student Union Venues

    • Improve space reservation system for Performance Venues by reducing financial burdens on events by student organizations through CACSSF

    • Expand catering options for students who utilize Student Union venues