Student Government Elections

2021 - 2022

ASI UxSU Student Elections

Elections Overview

What is the purpose of ASI Elections?

ASI Elections are held each year during the spring semester, where Executives and Directors are elected to serve the following academic year on the ASI Board of Directors. Elections are your chance to get involved in ASI Student Government!

The ASI Board of Director's purpose is to serve the students of Stanislaus State in all matters pertaining to the quality of their education. As the collective voice of the students, leaders advocate for change, support, and provide resources to create positive contributions both on and off-campus.

Positions

ASI Executive Seats

ASI Board of Director Seats

Elections Documents

Before you begin your ASI Board of Directors application, we require you to review the following information and documents:

Elections Timeline & Important Dates

Monday, March 1st ASI Election Applications Available
Monday, March 29th The appeal of Candidate Eligibility Due
Due by 5:00pm
Thursday, April 1st ASI Election Applications due
Due by 5:00pm
Friday, April 2nd Mandatory Candidate Meeting
​Meeting time 12:00pm-1:00pm
Friday, April 2nd ASI Candidate Campaigning Begins
following Mandatory Candidate Meeting
Wednesday, April 14th Deadline to change Campaign
Deadline to change affiliations and bio responses on the ballot
Due by 5:00pm
Monday, April 19th  Deadline to add/update campaign personnel list
Due by 5:00pm
Wednesday, April 21st ASI Elections
Online Polls open at 8:00am
Thursday, April 22nd ASI Elections
Online Polls close at 6:00pm

 

Meet Your Candidates

ASI President

Zoe Martinez

Zoe Martinez ASI President Candidate

If elected, what are two main goals you hope to accomplish?

If elected, two main goals I would hope to accomplish are to: First, eliminate the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (formally known as the WPST) in whichever form it may be. By accomplishing this I hope to eliminate another obstacle and expense for students. Second, I would hope to ensure student’s privacy while taking classes, exams, and quizzes in a virtual setting. As students, we should be focused on our academics, well-being, and mental health, not the invasion of privacy. This is an issue that has affected students across our campus and needs more attention and to is addressed.

Why should students vote for you?

Students should vote for me because I have been involved as a student leader since my first year here. I have also been heavily involved with other departments on campus such as athletics, FLEx, housing, and SC Board. I am a well-rounded leader and have developed skills that leaders should possess such as advocacy and communication. Using my voice to speak up for the student body as a whole is a passion of mine. Recognizing and acknowledging that there is room for change within our university, I will do everything in my power to enrich the experience of students.

Please describe your understanding of diversity, inclusion, and belonging and how or why you think is important to this position?

Diversity, inclusion, and belonging, and how or why do you think is important to this position? Diversity, inclusion, and belonging are a huge part of this position and are extremely important given that our student body exemplifies diversity, and working with our student body is something I would do on a daily basis. Everyone's voice should be heard and taken into consideration at the decision-making table no matter what race, gender, legal status, sexual orientation, etc. Not only do I hope our university stays diverse but continues to diversify. Diversity does not stand alone and instead goes hand in hand with the act of inclusion and creating a sense of belonging for all students.

Cynella Aghasi

Cynella Aghasi ASI President Candidate

If elected, what are two main goals you hope to accomplish?

If re-elected, one of my main goals is to bridge the gap between underrepresented and represented communities on campus by amplifying their voices at every decision-making table. I will prioritize connections and relationships with students in the absence of in- person interaction to strengthen communication with the community I represent. Another goal of mine is to continue being a mental health advocate for more resources as we begin to slowly transition out of self-isolation. Along with advocating for sustainable advancements to create long-term financial growth and preserve our beautiful campus.

Why should students vote for you?

I do everything with passion and heart. I am re-running because I love representing students at all levels of governance. My involvement at Stan began my freshman year by joining The Warrior Lobby Team where I gained experience in lobbying on behalf of CSU students. Sophomore year, I was elected for the ASI Board of Director for Sustainability, co-founded the Eco Warriors Club, and joined Greek Life. I currently serve as ASI President where I have spent my term building strong relationships with faculty and administration in order to bring more voices to the table and establish true shared governance.

Please describe your understanding of diversity, inclusion, and belonging and how or why you think is important to this position?

Diversity, inclusion and belonging to me means celebrating our differences while acknowledging that everyone is entitled to justice and inclusivity. I think these values are the exact model that the ASI President should strive to cultivate within their advocacy. Fostering a welcoming environment for meaningful discussion with students from all backgrounds and making sure that those ideas are being communicated with the appropriate administrator and governing body. If elected I plan to continue expanding and improving the Student Commission on Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging as a student who took part in creating the commission.
 

ASI Vice President

Trinity Morataya

Trinity Morataya ASI Vice President Candidate

If elected, what are two main goals you hope to accomplish?

I hope to provide more resources regarding mental health to students and to also have clear communication with students on what is happening system-wide, locally, and statewide regarding the university and our community.

Why should students vote for you?

I think students should vote for me because I love Stan State, and when you love something you do everything in your power to make it thrive. I am willing to put in the work and dedication to making this university better for students. I also am ready to be approached by any issues students have that need my assistance.

Please describe your understanding of diversity, inclusion, and belonging and how or why you think is important to this position?

When it comes to diversity, inclusion, and belonging, not only does that mean race/ethnicity, but it also means, gender, sexual orientation, and expression. Students should feel safe and welcomed on this campus. This is important to the position because the ASI Board of Directors is meant to serve all students. All of our students’ voices matter and no one should feel unheard or left out.

Karlos Marquez

Karlos Marquez ASI Vice President Candidate

If elected, what are two main goals you hope to accomplish?

My main focus in student government would be enhancing resources and services for Undocumented students. I will make sure undocumented students and their families are supported by providing the necessary resources and safety measures. I will use my platform as Vice President to develop new scholarships, internships/ fellowships for undocumented students. Undeniably, COVID-19 has thrown a wrench into the job searching process. Stan State graduates deserve a transition to help us secure employment upon graduation during and after the pandemic. As a student leader, I will make sure to work with the University to provide job opportunities for ALL majors.

Why should students vote for you?

Being Undocumented has instilled a deep sense of responsibility and given me a passion for empowering, advocating, and uplifting undocumented students. Three years as a student leader have given me an understanding of student life. As ASI Vice President, I will advocate rebuilding the college experience that we all miss. I want students to feel a sense of passion that motivates them to make Stan State be the best it can be. I will make sure that all our concerns are communicated to the University, our needs are met, and all of us have a great and safe experience.

Please describe your understanding of diversity, inclusion, and belonging and how or why you think is important to this position?

These values are extremely important to me, together and on their own. When I think of diversity, I think about representation across categories that shape someone into the person they are. The more diversity at the decision-making table, the stronger we are. Inclusion means creating a safe space that is welcoming to all. Belonging is the feeling of being part of something. It's important for student leaders to ensure all students feel safe, accepted, valued, and have an equal opportunity to grow and succeed. Together, these values help create a campus culture that drives us to be successful.

ASI Vice President of Finance

Destiny Suarez

 Destiny Suarez ASI VP of Finance Candidate

If elected, what are two main goals you hope to accomplish?

Our campus has many great educational financial & basic needs resources. My first goal would be to collaborate with these departments to see how we can create more outreach to benefit the students better.
My next goal would be to create sustainable literacy which would help students be more aware of sustainable purchasing practices through events, workshops, and training.
My last goal is to emphasize budget transparency through education on what funds are spent on.

Why should students vote for you?

As a student, YOU have the power to choose who represents your voice. I will go beyond my abilities to make sure every concern is heard and met. I will listen and do everything I can to learn and understand every perspective of a student's voice and will stay authentic to the student's needs. My focus is to serve the student body and provide the best opportunities and services a student should receive.

Please describe your understanding of diversity, inclusion, and belonging and how or why you think is important to this position?

Diversity means inclusion- not just the inclusion of few but inclusion of all. On our campus, we recognize we have a variety of students from different backgrounds, cultures, races, ethnicities and it is our jobs as student leaders to be the voice of each individual. It's important that every student is presented with daily, equal opportunities for growth and inspiration to be knowledgeable in higher education. For my position, it is crucial that I advocate for that diversity and inclusivity in financial matters so that way ALL students feel properly represented when it comes to financial needs.
 

Director, College of Science

Shaheen Khan

 Shaheen Khan Director for College of Science Candidate

If elected, what are two main goals you hope to accomplish?

I wish to help students acknowledge the benefit of different classes and be able to engage and get more students to evolve in warrior activities.

Why should students vote for you?

Students should vote for me because I have a driven passion to help. I am outgoing and easy to talk to. I love to talk and I have a lot of experience apart from college.

Please describe your understanding of diversity, inclusion and belonging and how or why you think is important to this position?

I feel like diversity means different cultures, religions, and ethnicity coming together and working. I am half Muslim and Hindu and I have the great honor to be able to learn two types of different cultures and celebrate different cultural holidays.
 

Director, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Hector Yerena

Hector Yerena Director, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Candidate

If elected, what are two main goals you hope to accomplish?

The two main goals that I hope to accomplish are to continue enriching the topic of mental health and supporting the idea of communication with peers. The pandemic has taken a toll on both mental health and communication skills for a lot of people, and I want to help improve and enrich these goals so everyone can benefit from them and be better people from this. I also know that these subjects are not easy ones for people to tackle, and I want them to know that we can help them tackle these subjects.

Why should students vote for you?

I believe that students should vote for me because I am very social, I am a very open person who loves to make new friends and to help others in need, I believe I have great leadership skills, I am very kind, and I have a huge interest in all sorts of topics and subjects so I can bond with just about anyone! I am also very optimistic.

Please describe your understanding of diversity, inclusion, and belonging and how or why you think is important to this position?

My understanding of diversity, inclusion, and belonging is how we are all people who will be treated equally. Regardless of our beliefs, racial status, knowledge, or personality, at Stan State, we will all be inclusive and respected upon one another no matter who we are. This is crucial for this position as everyone in the field of arts, humanities, and social sciences has shown me that we all bring something unique to stan state, and as someone who is very inclusive to everyone I meet, I feel confident in continuing building upon what this inclusivity is about.
 

Director, College of Education, Kinesiology, and Social Work

Avery Reed

Avery Reed Director, College of Education, Kinesiology, and Social Work Candidate

If elected, what are two main goals you hope to accomplish?

If I were to be elected to this position, I would do my best to ensure the fairness of all decisions made within the College of Education, Kinesiology, and Social Work. If there is a situation in which this fairness is not achieved, I would advocate for these students to make sure this wrongdoing gets resolved. I would also like to try to get students more opportunities that will benefit their future careers. For example, I would like to make it easier, and hopefully even develop a program, enabling students to shadow and assist in their desired profession.

Why should students vote for you?

Students should vote for me because I truly care about the well-being of the students on campus. I have been involved with trying to fix other issues on campus. For example, I started a petition which got over 6,000 signatures and was featured in the Modesto Bee twice trying to get the tuition lowered during this pandemic because of the resources we have been paying for that we do not have access to.I will go into this position with the same initiative to make things right.

Please describe your understanding of diversity, inclusion, and belonging and how or why you think is important to this position?

I think understanding the importance of diversity is very relevant to this position. If I were to be elected, I would ensure that every student is given equal opportunities and does not face any type of discrimination. I think it is important for all students to be represented equally, and I would do just that. If there are any instances where there is a lack of inclusion, I would make sure to promptly get the situation resolved.
 

Director, Diversity

Lorena Jurado

Lorena Jurado Director for Diversity Candidate

If elected, what are two main goals you hope to accomplish?

One of the goals I hope to accomplish is for students to feel safe and accepted by promoting more diverse events and make online learning less stressful. Another goal I want to accomplish is to have a diverse commencement for students by representing each culture in a certain way. For instance, I am Mexican and would love to have live Banda play during commencement. This may not seem important, but as a first-generation student, it is a way to celebrate my parent's efforts to give me an education.

Why should students vote for you?

Students should vote for me because I have acquired leadership skills by being a member of FLEx, National Society of Leadership and Success and also I have prior experience of being on the Executive Board for NSLS.  

Please describe your understanding of diversity, inclusion, and belonging and how or why do you think it is important to this position?

Accepting and promoting diversity is a form of making everyone feel accepted regardless of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, gender, and other traits of identity.
 

Gabriella Shimon

Gabriella Shimon Directory for Diversity Candidate

If elected, what are two main goals you hope to accomplish?

As the Director of Diversity, one of my main goals is to increase diversity awareness by creating programs that will increase student involvement on campus. These programs will allow for students to come together and become educated on different cultures and learn more about our diverse student body. By educating and empowering students and faculty, I aim to have everyone be a part of an inclusionary school in which people are educated, informed, and responsible for the safety of our diverse student body.

Why should students vote for you?

Voting for me would allow me to help bring awareness to current world problems that address diversity and I will make sure that it will not affect our campus. It is important to have education and background on these issues, and that our student body feels safe to be on campus when we are allowed to resume in-person classes. No one should feel afraid to enter campus because of their affiliation, and it is my job to ensure that we are a safe and tight-knit community.

Please describe your understanding of diversity, inclusion, and belonging and how or why do you think it is important to this position?

Growing up in Hughson, I was the only Assyrian woman in my graduating class. Even though that was the case, it did not stop me from embracing who I am and what I believe in. Diversity to me allows everyone to connect with people of different backgrounds. While not everyone may be aware of the different hardships people go through, the inclusion of diverse people allows for more knowledge, understanding, and acceptance to be spread. As a director, it is important to be aware of the student body’s diverse background so I can help them more effectively.
 

Director, Graduate Students

Santos Ayala

Santos Ayala Director, Graduate Students Candidate

If elected, what are two main goals you hope to accomplish?

To continue to be a presence for the student body and represent their interests. To continue with support systems for the student body that will allow for a great experience.

Why should students vote for you?

Because I am committed to be involved in various committees and advocating for students.

Please describe your understanding of diversity, inclusion, and belonging and how or why do you think it is important to this position?

I come from a first-generation background and am a Hispanic American student that has grown up with different viewpoints that has caused me to grow and understand others upbringings and decisions.
 

When and how do I vote in the election?

Vote

Vote for your 2021-2022 student representatives.

Election Dates:

Online Polls Open – Wednesday, April 21st at 8:00am

Online Polls Close – Thursday, April 22nd at 6:00pm

  • Must be currently enrolled Stan State students to vote.
  • Check your Stan State email for the BigPulse link to enter our online poll. Your ballot will be emailed to your Stan State account.
  • You can vote from any computer or device.

What is on the ballot?

  • 2021-2022 ASI Board of Directors
    • Your Vote is Your Voice. Decide who will be your Student Representatives for the 2021- 2022 Academic Year.

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Contact Info

Any questions may be directed to:

Maria Marquez – ASI Elections Chair
mmarquezmendoza@csustan.edu

Katie Rotan – ASI Leadership Manager
krotan@csustan.edu