Executive slates

Khaled/Ocon (validated with 200 signatures)

We're not here to make vague promises! We're here to make real change! Content is what makes the difference.

We are running for ASSU Executive because we believe in the unlimited potential of the Stanford student body to effect meaningful and lasting change. Stanford, if it is to be a home to all, must ensure the safety of every single student, it must promote the validity and security of the many identities represented, and it must reflect, in its leadership and actions, the diversity that makes our student body the vibrant and indomitable culture it is. To this end, we formally submit our respective bids for election to the posts of ASSU President and ASSU Vice President. https://www.khaled-ocon.com

What needs to be done:

As ASSU executive, we promise to:

  • Ensure ample funding for community centers and spaces.

  • Reform Stanford Student Title IX policies as they ...

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Means/Lozano (validated with 200 signatures)

We are running for Exec with Community and Progress at the forefront of our minds and at the center of our efforts. We understand Stanford students are a diverse set of people, yet we are all bound together by our affiliation to Stanford. We come from different communities and different student groups but are goals are the same, to make Stanford a better place for all. Pablo and I love the opportunities that Stanford has given us, but we know there are still issues around diversity, class, inclusivity, and in general both physical and mental safety and care on this campus that need to be addressed. We hope to work with and for the student body to make Stanford better.

Sexual Assault and Gender Based Issues

We know that the issues of sexual and gender based violence are nuanced issues that cannot be solved overnight, but we believe through education ...

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Justice & Vicki (validated with 200 signatures)

Hey Stanford!

We are Justice Tention and Vicki Niu and together we are running for ASSU Exec. We’re excited and we’re prepared to represent you. As ASSU Senator, Freshman RA, and co-founder of CS+Social Good, we’ve dedicated our time at Stanford to impact and we're ready to spend our senior year serving the entire the entire student body. Together we bring:

EXPERIENCE: Exec is a role that requires hand-off. Exec needs intimate knowledge of the ASSU to understand what progress had been made, what's left, and where to pick up. Justice served as Appropriations Chair of the ASSU Senate, working to ensure all clubs and student groups get the funding and resources they need for you to do what you love. Vicki co-founded CS+Social Good, one of the largest student groups on this campus that provides opportunities for Stanford students both on campus ...

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Stanford Flipside (validated with 200 signatures)

Under the guise of caring about your needs and concerns, Jason Seter and Deedee Anderson propose these initiatives for making Stanford a better place to learn and grow.

--A movement to replace all teachers with glow-in-the-dark mannequins.

--Substantive policy changes to modernize Stanford's nuclear program.

--Free dental.

--If elected, we'll fit our whole fists in our mouths.

--More Chobani yogurts. You know, the ones that get all soupy at the top.

--Passage of legislation allowing for more than one aged troll per steam tunnel.

--Fewer squirrels, because they're honestly just rats with fluffy tails.

--We'll let you play Arthur Iula's Xbox. We asked if it was okay, and he told us yeah, it's fine.

--More Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest screenings.

A vote for us is a vote for whimsy and delight. We won't let you down, unless you need ...

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Annual Grant and Special Fee Groups

Group Total request Current budget % chg Acct statement
Stanford Theater Laboratory $11,650.00 $12,750.00 -9% PDF More info »
Sexual Health Peer Resources Center $56,850.00 $72,350.00 -21% PDF More info »
NAACP: Stanford National Association for the Advancement of Colored People $25,000.00 $23,900.00 5% PDF More info »
The Stanford Mendicants $17,095.00 $16,670.00 3% PDF More info »
Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band $96,700.00 $96,930.00 0% PDF More info »
The Bridge Peer Counseling Center $9,790.00 $9,790.00 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Mock Trial $22,163.46 $39,485.00 -44% PDF More info »
Cardinal Free Clinics (Grad Special Fee) $10,260.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Speakers Bureau (Undergrad) $118,380.00 $197,300.00 -40% PDF More info »
Stanford Student Space Inititaive $124,421.00 $118,538.00 5% PDF More info »
Stanford Undergraduate Research Association $25,897.00 $24,944.33 4% PDF More info »
Stanford Symphony Orchestra $34,450.00 $33,700.00 2% PDF More info »
Biological Interdisciplinary Open Maker Environment $37,600.00 $46,500.00 -19% PDF More info »
Stanford Film Society $14,263.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
L'Chayim Club: Chabad at Stanford $11,313.75 $10,775.00 5% PDF More info »
Stanford Robotics Club $47,575.00 $47,575.00 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Collaborative Orchestra $8,779.90 $8,497.90 3% PDF More info »
Stanford Mixed Company $12,899.25 $12,285.00 5% PDF More info »
Stanford Concert Network (Grad) $43,320.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Mariachi Cardenal de Stanford $14,725.00 $14,030.00 5% PDF More info »
Everyday People $7,293.47 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Kids with Dreams $6,790.00 $6,670.00 2% PDF More info »
Akasma Bellydance $17,730.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
The Stanford Daily $103,600.00 $98,730.27 5% PDF More info »
Volunteers in Latin America $16,476.00 $15,926.00 3% PDF More info »
Stanford Women in Business $15,355.00 $15,193.00 1% PDF More info »
Society for International Affairs at Stanford $27,359.30 $26,583.00 3% PDF More info »
Stanford Jazz Consortium $96,000.00 $85,400.00 12% PDF More info »
Stanford in Government $37,360.00 $27,980.00 34% PDF More info »
Stanford Harmonics $20,960.00 $20,559.00 2% PDF More info »
Cardinal Calypso $16,216.55 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Los Salseros de Stanford $33,035.00 $33,546.00 -2% PDF More info »
Stanford Social Entrepreneurial Student's Association $43,036.00 $44,501.55 -3% PDF More info »
Stanford Quidditch $6,371.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Speakers Bureau (Grad) $78,920.00 $197,300.00 -60% PDF More info »
KZSU Stanford $108,429.05 $103,279.05 5% PDF More info »
International Undergraduate Community $19,890.00 $18,670.00 7% PDF More info »
Stanford Outdoor Outreach Program $8,792.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
The Stanford Flipside $9,500.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Basmati Raas $21,670.00 $21,520.00 1% PDF More info »
Asian American Student Association $80,274.00 $77,824.00 3% PDF More info »
First Generation and / or Low Income Partnership (FLIP) $17,855.00 $17,010.00 5% PDF More info »
Stanford Solar Car Project $102,300.00 $97,650.00 5% PDF More info »
Club Sports (Undergrad Annual Grant) $135,000.00 $128,000.00 5% PDF More info »
Student Organizing Committee for the Arts (SOCA) $48,000.00 $54,000.00 -11% PDF More info »
Stanford African Students Association $22,016.40 $21,042.00 5% PDF More info »
Stanford Women in Politics $19,725.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Jewish Student Association $31,737.95 $31,089.00 2% PDF More info »
Stanford Outdoors (Undergrad) $29,799.00 $24,684.92 21% PDF More info »
Students for a Sustainable Stanford $22,522.00 $30,200.00 -25% PDF More info »
The Stanford Fleet Street Singers $17,221.90 $16,700.00 3% PDF More info »
Viennese Ball (Grad) $12,990.00 $18,742.00 -31% PDF More info »
Stanford Shakespeare Company $9,970.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Black Family Gathering Committee $109,400.00 $50,000.00 119% PDF More info »
Stanford Martial Arts Program $35,528.17 $33,990.89 5% PDF More info »
Stanford Wind Symphony $15,465.00 $15,020.00 3% PDF More info »
Stanford Jump Rope $20,891.00 $21,000.00 -1% PDF More info »
Cardinal Free Clinics (Undergrad) $15,390.00 $13,579.75 13% PDF More info »
Stanford Dance Marathon $25,688.11 $24,531.83 5% PDF More info »
Muslim Student Union $44,100.00 $42,150.00 5% PDF More info »
Stanford Energy Club $13,877.10 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Enthusiasts, Engineers, Entrepreneurs $27,390.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Black Student Union $65,392.89 $62,233.85 5% PDF More info »
Stanford Axe Committee $44,000.00 $44,000.00 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Concert Network (Undergrad) $262,655.00 $305,975.00 -14% PDF More info »
Alternative Spring Break $83,900.00 $82,180.00 2% PDF More info »
Arab Students Association at Stanford $8,635.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Educational Studies Program $35,225.00 $33,980.00 4% PDF More info »
Club Sports (Grad Special) $64,999.99 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan $34,300.00 $33,169.50 3% PDF More info »
Stanford American Indian Organization $43,720.00 $43,060.00 2% PDF More info »
Viennese Ball (Undergrad) $12,990.00 $18,742.00 -31% More info »
Stanford Outdoors (Grad) $29,799.00 $28,380.00 5% PDF More info »

Rising Seniors Class President slates

Gradu18 (validated with 100 signatures)

Lake Lag has water... The band is back... and there were 3 sunny days this week instead of 2. Things are really looking up here at Camp Stanford, and as we move into our last year on the Farm, we understand that each person has their own unique goals and bucket list items that they want to fulfill. That's where we come in. We want to make sure that you love senior year as much as Stanford loves its 750 mL bottles.

We are Gradu18 - four people who care tremendously about what next year looks like for you. Though we can’t provide a time machine to bring you back to the good ole days of Freshman year, we can do everything in our power to have one final hurrah, and make sure that you have an outstanding last year at Stanford (coterm notwithstanding). We have learned a lot ...

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18+ (validated with 100 signatures)

Dear Class of 2018,

We can’t wait for senior year—to celebrate that we’ve made it this far and get ready for our next adventure, whatever that may be. Off to San Francisco? Wisconsin? Shanghai? Grad Student Housing?

We believe in the Senior Class Presidency’s role in making this year memorable and edifying. We aspire to work towards rallying the class together through Senior Nights, speaker series, out-there events, senior-year spins on freshman-year classics like Faculty Dinner and Major Night and much, much more.

But we also care deeply that this office reaches across the diverse communities we are a part of and truly brings our many voices into the fold. As a slate with experience in cabinet but also fully new perspectives and insights into who we are as a class, we think we’re uniquely positioned to listen carefully and thoughtfully. To this end, we ...

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Camp Stand for U (validated with 100 signatures)

Stanford can get tough. Everyone struggles, rejection is everywhere, bike lights (and entire bikes) get stolen, Fraiche was replaced by The Grill which has been replaced by Decadence, the University is urging against recreational water activities in Lake Lag, and even in paradise, it’s not always sunny.

Camp Stand for U believes that what makes this campus so bright are the incredible everyday moments of community and support, helping each other up, pushing each other on.

We -- TG Sido, Maddie Bradshaw, Kyle D’Souza, and Liz Trinh -- want to be a part of those good-rolling times. We come from completely different corners of campus life, with eclectic friend groups, various extracurriculars, and diverse majors. Drawing from our assorted experiences, we want to dedicate our senior year to serving the Class of 2018, you all, for our final undergraduate year on The Farm. We want everyone, not just a few ...

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Rising Juniors Class President slates

Slate Farm (validated with 200 signatures)

Slate Farm is bringing FARM back to the Farm...

F: Fun on the Farm

Junior year is crucial to our personal development, both as students and as young professionals. Through stressful career searches, staffing, studying abroad, or heavy academic workloads, it’s easy to forget the importance of balancing self-care and fun. Whether it’s the tradition-laden Full Moon on the Quad or puppies to supplement your finals week, fear not, Slate Farm has got your back!

A: Alliance with the Student Body

As representatives of the class of 2019, we strive to embody the values, interests, and unique backgrounds of Stanford juniors. With open office hours, we want to hear your perspectives and see how to best serve you. Our focus is the student body and hearing what you want from your junior year, whether that’s support for your organizations, more avenues to meet new people, or a ...

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Rising Sophomores Class President slates

Your SophFour (validated with 100 signatures)

Your Soph-Four:

Live More, Laugh More, Sophomore

Hey Stanford Class of 2020! We hope that you are all excited for spring quarter just as much as we are! Dang, we are almost done with our first year and are soon going to be sophomores. We (Zach, Julie, Disha, and Martin, pictured top to bottom) are running to be your Sophomore Class Presidents!

As students, we each feel that we represent different aspects of the Stanford community. As Sophomore class presidents, we each feel that we will be a good contribution to student government because of our diverse and unique backgrounds. Though we don't represent everyone, the key thing about all of us is that we are listeners and doers - so do not be afraid to reach out to us as we do have open ears.

Let’s get to the point: we hate being stressed; you hate being stressed ...

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Golden Slate Warriors (validated with 100 signatures)

~ride our edgy wave~

We are a party of THE PEOPLE.

Potential Policy Options Include:

Stanford One-Child Policy

Fill Lake Lagunita with California tiger salamanders

Build a second Hoover Tower

Build a wall around Cal and make them pay for it with their public funds

Make all dining halls accept bit coin

Create an underground bike transit system via steam tunnel expansion

Make memes the de jure currency of all Stanford R&DE affiliates

Make scary path half as long but twice as scary

Ban all hard alcohol under 749 mL

To stop bike theft, ban all new students until senate can figure out what the hells going on

Guaranteed 4-year education for all students

Turn Full Moon on the Quad into "Moon on the Quad"

What do YOU want?

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SophServe (validated with 100 signatures)


Hey, Class of 2020! We’re Mo, Will, Jonah, and Izzy: four ‘20s in the running to be your sophomore class presidents! In these past few months of treedom, we’ve lived, loved, and learned. We’ve grown. We’ve struggled. We’ve made lifelong friends and unforgettable memories. We’re running to represent this class because we love the Class of 2020, and we want to do everything in our power to make YOUR Stanford experience the best it can be.

Here’s what we’ve planned for our Soph Serve CONE:


The dorm environment has been an integral part of our college experience thus far, and we know first-hand how scary it can feel to think about leaving such a tight-knit family next year. Together, we can work to stop the sophomore slump and stay actively connected with our different communities on campus:

  • Organizing dorm reunions ...
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Undergraduate Senate candidates

Lark Wang (validated with 100 signatures)

Hello! I’m Lark, and I am a first-year student running for ASSU Undergraduate Senate. As a Frosh Council representative, member of an ASSU working group to fund traditions, and Markaz Frosh Intern, I gained a deep appreciation for how students can better the Stanford community. I am running for Senate because I want to represent my communities as a female of color, serve as a voice and resource for student concerns about the Senate, and create tangible change. I plan to continue existing Senate projects and ensure all student groups receive adequate funding. Please feel free to email me at larkw@stanford.edu at any time if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas. Hit the mark with Lark!

What do I plan to do for you?

Tl;dr: Protect and celebrate diversity, bolster sustainability efforts, support sexual assault prevention/women’s health, and increase access to mental health ...

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Vinicius Garcia (validated with 100 signatures)

Hi, Friends! My name is Vinicius Garcia – also known as Vinnie – and I am a freshman, coming from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As many of you, I decided to come to Stanford because I saw in it an environment that combined academic excellence with deep care for its student community. Six months after moving to campus, I am more and more in love with our community and surprised with how it strives to leave its mark on this institution, by turning the university into what we believe to be a better and more welcoming place to all. Still, I believe that the process for the changes we want to see at Stanford follow the dynamics of the “outside world” and, thus, has no definite end. Therefore, I decided to run for Student Senate because I want to work for our community and to help to fortify the bridge between students ...

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Jacob Randolph (validated with 100 signatures)

As a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Caucus Chair for the College Democrats of America, and a current delegate representing California Assembly District 47, I have worked to ensure that marginalized communities have a voice in the political process and the issues impacting them remain at the forefront of political discourse at both the state and national levels. If elected to the ASSU Senate, I will continue supporting these marginalized communities and work to ensure that every Stanford student is provided the resources and support necessary to knock down any class/race/gender barrier that prevents them from pursuing a successful academic career. As a first-generation/low-income student, I understand the powerful impact these barriers can have on student life, and the need for them to be addressed by both the Senate and the Stanford administration.

If elected Senator, I will focus on the following:

Tackling Issues Facing ...

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Cole McFaul (validated with 100 signatures)

Hi! My name is Cole McFaul, and I am a Freshman in Twain. Over my first few months at Stanford and as a representative on Frosh Council, I have fallen in love with this university, but at the same time, I have seen many problems that face the university--some of which I think are problems that could be easily remedied. I think Senate is a tremendous platform to implement change and make the university a better place. But fancy words won't get the job done. Real problems require real solutions. Below, I have outlined 10 concrete solutions to improve 10 areas in which I believe the school is lacking. I have included a short list below, with more reasoning in the following section.
1. Increase funding for CAPS counselors while promoting diversity among CAPS counselors
2. Textbook exchange system
3. Establish a community center for first-generation and low-income students ...

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Michael Marsh (validated with 100 signatures)

How do all students not have an equal opportunity at Stanford, when they supposedly attend one of the best universities in the world?

Why does Stanford claim to benefit both its own community and the world around them, but cause social injury through their investments?

I came to Stanford thinking the opposites of these realities were true. As a result, I became to think of Stanford as paradise. However, I soon learned that not everyone felt the same way about Stanford and it is partly due to existing institutional problems. Because of this, I decided to run for ASSU Senate and help attack these problems head on.

My platform is split into two areas: Intracommunity and Intercommunity Policy

Intracommunity Policy

I will work to…

-Pass a joint resolution with the graduate student council in order to pressure the faculty to increase CAPS funding and diversity

-Increase funding to and knowledge ...

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Katie Hufker (validated with 100 signatures)

Hi! My name is Katie Hufker and I am a junior majoring in Computer Science. I decided to run for Senate because I’m really interested in working with the administration to tackle big problems like sexual violence and mental health and making sure that student groups get the funding they need.


Through serving as the financial officer for the Band, Kids with Dreams, and the Undergraduate Catholic Student Association, I have gained a good understanding of how the current funding system works and have ideas on how to improve it. First, I want to proactively work with financial officers from a variety of groups to set funding policies that ensure that groups have what they need to be successful and are fiscally responsible. Second, I want to ensure that Senate is transparent with groups throughout the funding process to make sure they understand the process, are notified of ...

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Sam Baucom (validated with 100 signatures)

Hello fellow trees! My name is Sam Baucom and I am a freshman Political Science major living in FloMo. I am running for our Undergraduate Senate because I believe in the mission of ASSU, I want to address pressing issues that are often overlooked, and because through the Undergraduate Senate I can affect meaningful change that will be great for the Stanford community.

I believe that to have a successful Undergraduate Senate we must have leaders that are not simply idealists, but also pragmatic in their approach to governing so that we can build trust in ASSU and its bodies while simultaneously accomplishing tangible things on behalf of the student body. To this end, I encourage everyone to challenge those of us that are running by asking us what our stances on the issues are and by pitching ideas that YOU find important. If you have any ideas on how ...

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Erica Scott (validated with 100 signatures)

Hi everyone! My name is Erica Scott and I’m a freshman living in Serra. After working on Frosh Council this year, I’d really love the opportunity to continue serving the Stanford community next year as a Senator. If elected Senator, my priorities will include advocating for marginalized communities on campus, addressing and preventing sexual violence, improving mental health awareness and resources, and promoting environmental sustainability.

With these broad goals in mind, here are some of the specific policy initiatives I’d like to spearhead:

1. Establishing a financial aid/stipend program for class fees.

Many Mechanical Engineering, Product Design, Art, and Architecture classes require students to pay out of pocket for building materials, art supplies, and access to the Product Realization Lab. This places an undue burden on low-income students and creates barriers to entry for students that want to pursue these majors. I want to create a ...

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Aamnah Khalid (validated with 100 signatures)

Freshman. From Lahore, Pakistan. Navigating the nebulous waters of the "Undecided Major."

TLDR: Take back the Senate; Better Axess; quick CAPS; help with College Life 101; Puppies, bunnies and more during DEAD WEEK; Make Dining Halls Great Again; fly FLI; Making Makerspaces; Sustainable Stanford; more job$ for $tudent$

Why am I running for senate? I just really enjoy advocating for the concerns of my fellow students. I love debating on issues and as a member of the senate, I look forward to being a part of debates that have an impact. The most fulfilling experience for me in high school was being a voice for my peers as the head of student government. I want to continue doing that at Stanford!
As an Undergraduate Senate member, I promise to:

• Get the Senate more involved with the student body. It should be your agenda, not the Senate's. Life at Stanford ...

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Gabe Rosen (validated with 100 signatures)

I'm a current ASSU Senator (the one mentioned here) running for re-election. I'm running for re-election because I know there is still work to be done addressing systemic issues on campus. During my past term I authored and passed the Full House Fund, supported the Senate and Exec's joint initiative to adopt Callisto, and helped run the Senate's appropriations process. Next term I hope to continue my work advocating for concrete reforms that improve quality of life on campus by spearheading course fee reductions and facilitating dialogue between communities affected by a national uptick of bigotry and hate crimes.

After serving a year on the Undergraduate Senate, as Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee and a member of both the Appropriations and Administration & Rules Committees, I have the experience needed to govern effectively and know what the Senate is capable of accomplishing. I hope to continue ...

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Ana Carolina Queiroz (validated with 100 signatures)

Hi folks,

I still could be doing my SLE readings, but here am I running for Undergrad Senate. I am Ana Carolina (she/her/hers pronouns), a Brazilian freshman eager to fight for the wellness of groups that have the right to have more voice inside our campus, including (but not limited to) women, students of color and low-income/first-generation students. My work fighting for student empowerment and workers' rights on campus has always been guided by a feminist, intersectional approach, and if you elect me, issues related to gender, class and race will be central on our Senate.

My main goals are:

Promoting student empowerment

  • Foster discussions on race, class and gender promoted by student groups, and make them visible to all Stanford students. Also, encourage students to be more explicit in discussions about privilege, to create collectively ways to impact now and in the future our communities, by ...
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Matthew Cohen (validated with 100 signatures)

Hi! My name is Matthew Cohen, and I am running for a third term on ASSU Senate! I would really appreciate it if you could sign my petition.

If elected, I would continue working on environmental sustainability and sexual violence prevention. I would also further advocate for the safety and security of students who are the targets of bigotry.

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Shawn Ahdout (validated with 100 signatures)

Far too often in the education system, there is a disconnect between the wishes and concerns of the students and the actions of the administrators. As the largest stakeholders in the education system, students deserve to have their voices heard and the Senate is the best way to help bridge that gap at Stanford.

As a Senator, I would have two main goals and work with the administration to maintain these goals:

Ensure that every student on campus feels safe and secure. This has become especially pressing during the rise of intolerance and bigotry we have seen across this nation in recent months and it is vital that every student on campus feels safe on campus.

Ensure that every student has the financial resources to thrive on campus. There are costs that extend further than just tuition, room, and board, and it is important that our lower-income students have all ...

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Samantha Feuer (validated with 100 signatures)


Hi! My name is Samantha Victoria Feuer. I am a freshman running for ASSU Undergraduate Senate. I want to serve on Senate because I care deeply about the Stanford community and believe in the power the Senate in representing the voices of our undergraduate community. Below are some initiatives I wish to advocate for.


  • Encourage greater communication between student groups in order to tackle intolerance in solidarity.

  • Increase funding for groups that support and promote the various diverse communities on campus.

  • Increase representation amongst Stanford faculty and councillors that serve within student services.

  • Foster a greater relationship between Senate and the Stanford Community so that more voices can be heard.


  • Improve student access to sexual health services in a way that supports students' needs not protocol.

  • Increase the time allocated for free legal counselling to students involved in sexual assault cases.

  • Continue strides already made ...

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Lizzie Ford (validated with 100 signatures)

Hi everyone! My name is Lizzie Ford and I am a freshman living in Soto. It is because of my unwavering dedication to low-income and first generation students, students of color, immigrants, and female-identifying students and faculty among other communities that I am so excited to become a candidate for Senate. I am running for office first and foremost to become a member of Senate and a voice for these communities, but also to raise awareness about issues that profoundly affect members of the Stanford family. With this goal in mind, I have spoken to student groups and current senators to understand what changes need to be made in order to make Stanford a more accessible, diverse, and welcoming place for all its students, professors, and workers.

Here is my policy plan:

1. Improve Access for First-Gen and Low-Income Students:

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Joseph Hanson (validated with 100 signatures)

Hi everyone! My name is Joseph Hanson and I'm a freshman living in J-Ro. I'm running for ASSU Senate because I want to be a representative beholden to the student body. The policies and goals I have for office are very important to me, but I'm truly passionate about engaging in active conversations with students and bringing their issues and ideas to the Senate agenda. As Frosh Council president this year, I had the opportunity to interact heavily with the Class of 2020, and I want to expand that representation to include the entire undergraduate community at Stanford. To me, it's critical to bring the voices of all students, especially minority and first generation or low income members of the community, to discussions of policy at the Senate level.

Here are some key issues I'd like to address:

1. Transfer vital activities and programs from ...

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Chapman Caddell (validated with 100 signatures)

Why I’m Running

I didn’t expect to be running for Undergraduate Senate. Many of my peers had told me that the Senate didn’t do anything—that campus politics would be a waste of time. This is false, and the more I learned about the Senate, the more I began to appreciate just how much power our Senators have. Senators have control over a VSO-funding process that dozens of student groups depend on. They also have a direct line to the administration that gives them influence over such critical issues as sexual-assault prevention and Stanford’s sustainability policy. The first step in making any government accountable is to know what that government can and cannot do. I intend to make the Undergraduate Senate more transparent, more democratic, and more representative of the voices of every student on this campus.

If you believe in pragmatic leadership that responds to ...

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Doris (Dory) Rodriguez (validated with 100 signatures)

Words backed by Actions

Students for ACTion

With the current political climate in place, it is more important than ever that Senators are not simply attending meetings but also actively bringing up issues that affect our community as a whole.

ACTing means

Holding ourselves Accountable

  • Changes to the ASSU website: Surveys for Undergraduates to easily give input to Senators
  • Taking responsibility as a University for our role in the Gentrification of the Bay Area BY ASKING BIG QUESTIONS: How will the expansion into a "Redwood City Campus" affect the surrounding communities? Why are our summer programs for High School students so unaffordable for the high achieving low-income students in our area?

Taking Care of our Community

  • Trump's executive ban and it's effect on our students: We need to demand legal aid for affected students. If students can't go home, how will Stanford help ...
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Kojoh Atta (validated with 100 signatures)

Kojoh Got That Mojo!

Always pushing for equality, energy, and effectiveness.

Leave No One Behind

Considering the current political climate, We NEED an official Undocumented Student Resource Center Push for Counselors dedicated to working specifically with our Undocumented Students & Students affected by the Travel Ban

Build Solidarity & Community

Increase funding for Community Centers Expand opportunities cross community communication Highlight the intersectionality of issues (Race, Class, Gender, Sexual orientation, Religion, etc)

Money Shouldn’t Matter

Push For A Community Center for First-Generation & Low-Income Students Ensure dining halls stay open during breaks OR Increase Cardinal Dollars based on financial aid Extend eligibility for Welcome Grant to students whose families make less than $20,000 a year to all undergraduate years

Take Sexual Assault Seriously

Push for policies empowering victims Call for all Title 9 lawyers to represent victims & expand the pool of lawyers available

Improve Mental Health Services

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Kimiko Hirota (validated with 100 signatures)

For All of Us.

Hello! My name is Kimiko Hirota, and I am a first year who aims to advocate on behalf of the Stanford community I love as part of the Undergraduate Senate. Beyond student funding, Senators have the responsibility and opportunity to push administration to make real changes that improve students’ quality of life.

Here are the initiatives most important to me:

CREATING COMMUNITY between Senators & the student body

  • Required diversity training for Senators to engage with all of the communities we represent

  • Accessible online feedback form that sends directly to Senators

  • Quarterly social open to all undergraduates to get to know Senators

  • Active social media presence for awareness and accountability

SUPPORTING COMMUNITY through open dialogue & advocacy

  • Secure crucial funding for all community centers

  • Quarterly town halls that unite senators and community center staff

  • Consistently available CAPS counselors that match demographics in community centers

  • Support sustainability efforts related ...

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Allen Wehner (validated with 100 signatures)

Academic Life

We are all, first and foremost, students. We are unified by our love of learning, our passion for exploration, and our dedication to using our education to better our communities. Yet despite this dedication to learning, academic life so often takes a toll on our love of learning and ability to use our knowledge for good. With your help, I hope to turn the ASSU's attention to the university's academic procedures and make sure that the work of this educational institution is effective and efficient in educating us all.

I don't mean to suggest that school shouldn't be hard - to the contrary, our education must push us in order to be effective. But when the manifestation of "pushing us" so often results in discrimination ("weed-out courses," whether the university calls them that or not, discriminate significantly on the basis of race, gender, and ethnicity ...

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Janique Lee (Jan) (validated with 100 signatures)

Yes We Jan

Hi everyone! My name is Janique Lee but most people call me Jan! With family hailing from Jamaica, USA, St. Lucia and Barbados, I believe I will bring a unique perspective to the ASSU Senate. Growing up around these diverse perspectives, I intrinsically believe that every outlook can contribute positively to our community and whether it may be offering my own ideas or lending a listening ear, I always encourage others to be proud of their voices. As a member of the Frosh Council this year, I have been able to foster a greater sense of community among the Freshman class. Now, I would like to further my contribution and create a community of passion, creativity and diversity, throughout Stanford.

As an ASSU Senator, I plan to play an active role in:

1. Building Communities

•I plan to create user friendly platforms that can improve communication between ...

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Remy Gordon (validated with 100 signatures)

Better Together

Hello! My name is Remy Gordon and I’m a frosh running for Undergraduate Senate. I want to serve as your Senator because I believe in the power and influence of the ASSU. There are some issues with meaningful and effective representation as well as a few issues around campus in general that I want to tackle. Here are some viable action items that I’d like to address:

1. More than just funding.

I understand the importance of funding and pledge to continue and even increase ASSU funding for student organizations so that they can further the positive communities and impacts that these groups foster. However, while funding from ASSU is crucial for the missions of Volunteer Student Organizations (VSOs) and other clubs/organizations that benefit, ASSU has the power and responsibility to represent the student body in more than just money. Many students don’t have ...

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Hamzeh Daoud (validated with 100 signatures)

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Grad Student Council (Graduate at Large District) candidates

Natalie Deam

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Gabby Badica


My name is Gabby Badica and I have been the GSC Social Chair for the past two years. I have really enjoyed expanding the number of social events in my time as Social Chair; I hope to do that even more over the next year.

I organized the Welcome Back Party, Thanksgiving Dinner and Grad Formal, as well as added a number of other events for grad students: the Silent Night Winter Party and the Valentine's Day party with the CA program, Speed Friending with the Alumni Association, De-Stress Day, and How to Find Off-Campus Housing Info Sessions (first started as a partnership with the off-campus CA program) and this summer I will do a July 4th Barbecue!

I think getting to know other graduate students and taking a study break is important for our well-being and I will work hard to constantly improve and increase our number ...

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Melanie Malinas

Hello, my name is Melanie and I am currently a third-year PhD student in the Biophysics program. I am running as an at-large candidate as part of the Graduate Empowerment Coalition. Please vote for me, Natalie Deam, Kari Barclay, and Aaron Hopes for your at-large candidates!

As a candidate for the GSC I am interested in the following issues.

1) Graduate student well-being is of the utmost importance and should be prioritized. I want to advocate for graduate students on important issues that affect them such as healthcare benefits, transportation benefits, and mental health resources.

2) I want to work with the Undergraduate Senate and the Exec in their efforts to reform and improve Stanford's sexual misconduct and discrimination policies and procedures. I also want to work to make graduate students more aware of the options available to them in cases of sexual misconduct, discrimination, and partner violence - these ...

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Gregor Quack

Hi everyone! I’m Gregor, a second-year PhD student in the Art & Art History department. I am running for an at-large position on the GSC as part of the **Graduate Solidarity Coalition.**

Being a Grad Student, and moving to another country to be one, is more than just a full-time job. For many of us it's a life-altering and sometimes disruptive decision. Born and raised in Germany, I am at Stanford as an International Student and hope to advocacy for internationals a central focus of my work in the GSC. I hope to pair creating an enjoyable social environment with advocating for more just university policies that will allow us to enjoy that environment.

Together with my friends from the Graduate Solidarity Coalition, I will push for the GSC to advocate for the changes that affect us most directly. Although the GSC does **not yet** have a seat at ...
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Kari Barclay

Hello, folks! I’m Kari, a first-year PhD in Theater and Performance Studies committed to building a supportive, compassionate, and fun graduate student community. I am running at-large for GSC as part of the Graduate Solidarity Coalition. If elected, I hope to pair creating an enjoyable social environment with advocating for more just university policies that will allow us to enjoy that environment. I especially want to advocate for international students, co-terms, and those with marginalized identities who are sometimes overlooked. Here are some of the areas in which I hope to improve graduate life:

University Policy

I want to ensure that university provides a good place to work and live for students. To this end, I will push for better healthcare in the form of full health insurance across departments, paid parental leave, and wider health provider options, especially for mental health care. I want to ensure that all ...

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Grad Student Council (Graduate Earth Science District) candidates

Tianze Liu

I am a 4th year PhD in the Department of Geophysics, who is originally from China. I served in the last year's GSC as a voting member and as the chair of the funding committee. My goal in the coming year is to improve the welfare of graduate students, to help graduate student organizations thrive, and to promote diversity of the graduate community.

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Shanna Chu

I am a 3rd year PhD student in the Geophysics Department. I am interested in improving the welfare of graduate students, by 1) improving transparency between the Stanford administration/staff and the student community, 2) improving the accessibility of resources to graduate students, including healthcare, transportation, housing, career services, and child care, 3) supporting graduate student organizations, and 4) conducting investigations into the quality of graduate student life. I'm also interested in hearing input from the student community at large, on how you believe graduate student welfare can be improved.

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Grad Student Council (School of Education District) candidates

Rosie Nelson

My name is Rosie Nelson and I am a third year PhD student in the Graduate School of Education (GSE). I currently serve as the Graduate Student Council (GSC) Education Representative and am running for re-election to the GSC. If re-elected, I will focus on issues related to improving graduate student experiences at all levels, whether you are a new student or coterm working on your master's degree, a doctoral student preparing to defend your dissertation, or a professional student thinking about next steps and life after Stanford.

Next year, I want to work with the GSC to identify the challenges Stanford graduate students are facing and address those challenges through focused programming and advocating for campus policy changes. I initially want to focus on three primary areas: student health and wellness, diversity and inclusion, and housing.

Beyond those areas, I am currently working with other GSC members to ...

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Grad Student Council (Graduate School of Engineering District) candidates

Kate Gasparro

Stanford’s vibrant graduate community deserves a Graduate Student Council that can represent the needs of the graduate student body and provide students with access to resources. If elected to the GSC, I want to work with graduate students from across campus to:

  1. Increase community on campus: Graduate students come from all backgrounds and our diversity is a strength. I am interested in continuing graduate-wide events that promote camaraderie and create new events that bring together different student groups.

  2. Support graduate student well-being: Graduate students have different priorities and goals. As mental health awareness and care has become a greater issue for the graduate student community, it is important to make sure students have adequate resources for living a healthy life at Stanford.

  3. Organize resources for graduate students: As graduate students, we are often busy with our coursework, research, family and social lives. I would work to make sure GSC ...

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Yiqing Ding

Hello everyone! My name is Yiqing Ding or just Yiching, a first year M.S student in Aeronautics and Astronautics. I would like to serve our great Stanford graduate community from several perspectives:

(1) Diversity

First as a graduate student, then as a minority, I value the culture of diversity and inclusion in our great community but I am also concerned with the implication of the recent election. Therefore, it would be my utmost goal to perserve, protect and promote the diversity in our community while making sure prejudice and discrimination will not be tolerated.

(2) Housing

It is well known that we are currently undergo a graduate housing crisis and many Master's students will likely lose on-campus housing in the upcoming year. If elected, I pledge to not only urge the university to provide proper assistance (such as off-campus housing information, transportation subsidy, etc) to those affected by ...

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Ruishan Liu

Hi! My name is Ruishan Liu, a first-year PhD student in Electrical Engineering. I am running for GSC because of my passion and dedication to serve our Stanford graduate students.

I would love to advocate for improving the student welfare, such as health care, psychological aid, campus security, dining, housing and transportation. I am also interested in 1) student activities and events: better organization and arrangement, improving the participation of students, and enhancing our diverse culture; 2) study and research: support for working students, promoting more TA opportunities, and guides for new students 3) academic resource: interdisciplinary and intercollegiate communication & collaboration.

To serve in the GSC is to serve all the graduate students. There are far more issues not listed here. Contact me through ruishan@stanford.edu and I am excited to address, advocate and solve them for us.

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Yikai Yin

Hello! I am Yikai, a 2nd-year Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering.

I believe that GSC is a home for expression of thoughts, ideas or concerns associated to both academic and extracurricular activities of all graduate students. I wish to be part of it and dedicate myself to the graduate community at Stanford.

I would be striving to: (1) build a better platform to visualize graduate students' ideas and realize graduate students' wishes related to their campus life; (2) continuously improve the overall in-class and after-class experience for graduate students; (3) keep enhancing the communications and collaborations of graduate students from different years, majors and backgrounds.

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Zhiyuan "Jerry" Lin

Hi! I am a first-year Computer Science PhD student. I would love to be part of the GSC to better serve the graduate student community. I'm particularly interested in

1) First and foremost, the overall well-being of graduate student body is always going to be the top priority of my work at the GSC.

2) As the Computer Science new admit weekend co-chair and a first-year Computer Science student myself, I understand it might not be easy to transition into a graduate student life and I would like to work on creating a smoother transition for junior students into their graduate study.

3) Having served at Career Services during my undergraduate, I love to connect people with opportunities! At the GSC, I want to help facilitate better communications between departments as well as between Stanford and industries so that graduate students can be exposed to new ideas, connections and ...

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Dan Walls

Hi Grad Community - I am a 4th year PhD candidate in ChemE. I declare my candidacy for the GSC as part of the Graduate Empowerment Coalition. We are interested in sourcing, addressing, and resolving issues that we face as graduate students, who may also be spouses, parents, LGBTQIA, POC, international, indigenous, undocumented, first generation, part-time, commuters, or embody other identities.

I will work to:

  • support grad orgs and events
  • expand access to housing, transportation, health and wellness services (primary, mental, dental, childcare), and research funding
  • end sexual violence on campus
  • promote cross-campus discussion for interdisciplinary scholarship and community-building

Our university should be an inclusive space, absolutely rejecting racism, sexism, transphobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, jingoism, ableism, and all other bigotries, in word and action. It should support and uplift all of its students, workers, and faculty, and we have the responsibility and ability to hold it to account. Thank you.

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Isa Rosa

Hello Graduate Student!

Thanks for voting! My name is Isamar Rosa (Isa for short) and I'm a fourth year PhD student at the Department of Civil Engineering focusing on Structures (CEE-SEG). I’m an average graduate student who tempts procrastination by cooking, baking, running and attending Stanford and GSC-sponsored events. (Free food fuels my life)

What have I been doing these past 2 years as your representative?

In 2015-2016, I organized the PhD Movie events series, the PhD Movie 2 showing and Dr. Cham’s visit. In addition, I made the GSC meetings longer by asking tough questions to make sure that the events sponsored with your money are being as inclusive as possible. Also volunteered at our events, wondered if the administration actually listened to my anecdotal comments about the growing grad stipend inequality, and learned about the pros and cons of a decentralized university.

In 2016-2017, I ...

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Sahar El Abbadi

I’m a 4th year PhD student in Civil & Environmental Engineering, running with the Graduate Empowerment Coalition. Together, our coalition aims to improve graduate student life at Stanford through policy and social support that address the variety of experiences in the graduate student body. In particular, I will prioritize the following:

  • Outreach and advocacy on behalf of students vulnerable under ongoing/future Trump administration policies. Ensure Stanford is an inclusive space in which university policies and practices actively reject all forms of discrimination

  • Quality of Life: Increase availability of affordable housing, improve health care coverage and subsidies for graduate students as well as our partners and dependents, expand transportation options by providing Go Passes & Ecopasses to all graduate students.

  • Academic: Establish university-wide policies for admissions, program milestones and TA requirements. Promote cross-campus discussion and interdisciplinary research & collaboration.

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Grad Student Council (H&S-Humanities District) candidates

Pau Guinart


My name is Pau Guinart and I'm the incumbent co-chair of the GSC with Terence Theisen. I've been involved in the GSC for the last three years and during the past year in a pretty intense way. I have the feeling that by now I have accumulated enough experience to be able to advise the new members of the GSC and make sure that they have all the necessary information to properly represent the interests of the graduate students .

The topics I feel most passionate about are:

  • Housing: let's try to reach a point in which this is not the main concern for so many grad students...

  • Mental health: during the past year we've built a good relationship with the administration and it will be good to keep working with them regarding this dimension that affects so many graduate students. I particularly believe in intensifying ...

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Juan Lamata


Paid parental leave, more coverage, more local providers, more mental health support. Proper healthcare is fundamental to doing good work. Graduate students are expected to fulfill a host of functions absolutely vital to the university— teaching, coordinating workshops, organizing departmental events, and so much more— all while also producing cutting-edge research, and world-class writing. We deserve a healthcare plan that is commensurate to the quality and quantity of work we do, so that Stanford can continue to be a center for education and innovation.


According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, "Families who pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing are considered cost burdened." Sadly, too many graduate students fall into this category. Whether it's by building new units, offering more and better subsidies, or some other means, the university needs to expand affordable living options to graduate students.

Fair ...

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Grad Student Council (H&S-Natural Sciences District) candidates

Megan Conlon

My name is Megan, I am a 4th year Ph.D candidate in the Biology department. While I have not run for GSC positions before, I have served in a number of capacities to represent bioscience graduate students including: vice-president and social chair of the Stanford Bioscience Student Association, co-founder and mentor of the Biology Mentorship Program, and graduate mentor for First-Generation/Low-Income undergraduates. I am running as a part of the Graduate Empowerment Coalition dedicated to "empowering students by improving policy, social bonds and support, and an efficient GSC."

While I am committed to broadly advocating for, and working toward improving graduate student life, a few distinct personal platforms are below.

1) Protecting vulnerable student populations subject to persecution from the Trump administration is my top priority. The executive orders threatening the security of our students cannot be left unanswered. I will do everything in my power to give ...

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Grad Student Council (H&S-Social Sciences District) candidates

Jennifer Hill

Hey, I’m Jennie Hill – a fifth year Sociology PhD student. I currently serve as the Graduate Student Council (GSC) Social Science Representative and am running for re-election.

You're my rep?

While on the GSC, I have been a consistent and fierce advocate for internal reform, most notably in the areas of procedural and financial transparency and accountability: a) Objected and voted against the repeated closure of meetings to public observation and comment. (Translation: no “secret” portions of meetings, nor confidential consultations with the administration.)
b) Pushed to formally clarify the powers of GSC in relation the ASSU governmental structure and Stanford’s administration
c) Advocated and enabled greater oversight of ASSU financial managers
d) Supported initiatives to more proactively solicit information from students about their priorities and desires from student representatives
e) Called for political responsiveness and leadership from GSC. Fought against efforts pushing the GSC to abstain ...

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Grad Student Council (Law School District) candidates

Ryan Roberts

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Grad Student Council (Medical School District) candidates

Alejandro Schuler

My vision of graduate student life at Stanford is one where we work together without barriers, in communion with one another, and effectively in order to accomplish great things. As president of BioAIMS, Men's Outreach Coordinator at the WCC, BMI departmental student representative, and voting member of several SoM-wide policy and admissions committees, I have three years' worth of experience in leading graduate students to create meaningful policy changes, build community, and run efficient organizations. The Stanford-wide Graduate Empowerment Coalition shares my vision: to improve the quality of graduate life on campus by empowering graduate students through improved policy, strong social bonds, and an efficient GSC.

Improving Policy

We will directly tackle the major issues that graduate students face, allowing us to focus more on our outstanding research and teaching, and extend Stanford’s pioneering traditions to the well-being and representation of graduate students. Although the GSC does not ...

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Undergraduate Constitutional Amendment B: Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting Salaries for Officers of Student Organizations (pending validation)

Article VI, Section 1, Subsection C.6 should be added to the ASSU Constitution, and it shall read:

“Any account funded by student fees shall not receive funding for salaries or stipends for any member of the Association.”

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Undergraduate Constitutional Amendment A: Constitutional Amendment to Comply with University Policy, State and Federal Law (pending validation)

Article VI, Section 1, Subsection C.5 should be added to the ASSU Constitution, and it shall read:

“Any account funded by student fees shall not receive funding for the procurement of any and all items prohibited under Stanford University policies and/or State or Federal Law.”

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Graduate Constitutional Amendment A: To Ensure the Long-term Financial Viability of the Graduate Student Council (pending validation)

The quarterly general graduate student fee, which was $16.34 per quarter during the FY 2016-17, be permanently increased by $5.

***GSC Statement: The GSC annual budget is funded in the amount of approximately $100,000 per fiscal year by a mechanism where funds are taken from the reserve account of the GSC to partially fund the GSC’s annual budget. This mechanism was instituted as a method of reducing the reserve account of the GSC after said account was deemed too large, but is unsustainable as it results in a net annual reduction of the GSC’s reserve account. If this mechanism of funding the GSC’s budget is not discontinued, or if this funding disparity is not resolved with the introduction of a new source of funding for the GSC’s annual budget, the GSC will face required and likely dramatic cuts to the organization’s programming budget ...

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Undergraduate Constitutional Amendment C: Constitutional Amendment to Protect the Integrity of Annual Grant Petitions (pending validation)

Appendix 1, Section 2, Subsection B.4.a of the ASSU Constitution should be struck and replaced by the following:

“The organization shall prepare a budget detailing the expenses for which an Annual Grant is sought, and submit this, along with the current budget and a summary of actual expenditures, to the Elections Commissioner in the form of a petition. The budget detailing the expenses may only include expenses requested in the budget originally presented through the UG Senate’s standard process. Such petitions must bear the signatures of 15 percent of the members of the relevant Association population, and request the placement of the amended Annual Grant on the ballot for consideration.”

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