Executive slates

Khaled-Ocon (validated with 200 signatures)

Endorsed by the Students of Color Coalition, a coalition composed of the Asian American Student Association, Black Student Union, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, Muslim Student Union, Stanford American Indian Association, and Stanford National Association for Advancement of Colored People

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Equip: students and community members with the resources to thrive at Stanford

Elevate: the voices of all students to advance the inclusivity, growth, and progress of the Cardinal community

Enhance: the college experience both academically and socially for all

Ensure: that efforts are taken to promote campus safety and address sexual assault

Mission Statement:

Our executive slate is a coalition of Graduate, Coterminal and Undergraduate students working to Elevate student voices, Enhance the college experience for all students, Ensure the safety of all, and Equip all students and community members with the necessary resources and support to thrive at Stanford. We bring to the ...

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Associated Students of Stanford (validated with 200 signatures)


If elected, we will propose a resolution to rename the Associated Students of Stanford University with a more concise identifier, Associated Students of Stanford.

"We also care about [ISSUE]!”

Think of one now. Yes, we care about that one.

  • New Alcohol Policy: Non-euclidian containers only
  • Shipping all caterpillars to Berkeley
  • Implementation of [REDACTED]
  • 4-step authentication


Q: How old are you, twelve?
A: Yes.
Q: Who are you, and why are you in my election?
A: Yes.
Q: Is this for real, or is it some half-baked attempt at satire?
A: Yes.
Q: What if you guys actually win?
A: No.

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Shanta-Rosie (validated with 200 signatures)

"No decisions about us, without us"

Endorsed by FLIP, Stanford Daily, Stanford Bioscience Student Association, BioAIMS (Biomedical Association for the Interest of Minority Students)


We are a trailblazing slate as the first undergraduate-graduate, women of color slate in ASSU history and are excited to bring diverse student representation to the decision-making table. Shanta is a junior and a former ASSU Undergraduate Senate Chair and Rosie is a PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Education and current Graduate Student Council Co-Chair. Together, we have cultivated strong working relationships with the highest levels of Stanford’s administration and have a strong track record of getting work done. We have partnered with Graduate Student Council candidates in the schools of Medicine, Humanities & Sciences, Engineering, and Education to form this year’s Graduate Empowerment Coalition, a group committed to engaging in and supporting long-term graduate student activism.

Our vision for Stanford ...

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Annual Grant and Special Fee Groups

Group Total request Current budget % chg Acct statement
Basmati Raas $22,310.00 $21,670.00 3% PDF More info »
Sexual Health Peer Resources Center (SHPRC) $51,920.00 $75,200.00 -31% PDF More info »
Viennese Ball (Graduate) $6,000.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Students for a Sustainable Stanford $16,428.53 $22,522.00 -27% PDF More info »
KZSU (Undergraduate) $108,429.05 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Black Family Gathering Committee $114,250.00 $109,400.00 4% PDF More info »
Stanford Women in Business $15,355.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Cardinal Free Clinic (Undergraduate) $25,650.00 (none) 0% More info »
Cardinal Free Clinic (Graduate) $25,650.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band $93,370.00 $96,900.00 -4% PDF More info »
Stanford African Students Association (SASA) $44,437.00 $21,042.00 111% PDF More info »
Los Salseros de Stanford $30,985.35 $34,235.00 -9% PDF More info »
Kids With Dreams $6,062.00 $6,790.00 -11% PDF More info »
L'Chayim $11,313.75 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Axe Committee $40,725.00 $44,000.00 -7% PDF More info »
Alternative Spring Break $71,250.00 $83,900.00 -15% PDF More info »
Stanford Martial Arts Program (grad) $13,831.81 $35,678.25 -61% PDF More info »
Muslim Student Union $46,300.00 $44,100.00 5% PDF More info »
Stanford Jazz Orchestra $15,000.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
MECHA $34,300.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Club Sports (Graduate) $64,999.99 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Concert Network (Graduate) $43,320.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Educational Studies Program (Undergraduate) $35,225.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Taiko $17,210.87 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Stanford SPLASH! $36,926.00 $35,225.00 5% PDF More info »
Jewish Student Association $31,737.95 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Stanford African Students Association $50,572.00 $21,642.00 134% PDF More info »
Stanford Political Journal $7,225.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Speakers Bureau (Undergraduate) $118,380.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Outdoor Outreach Program $9,273.00 $8,792.00 5% PDF More info »
Stanford Space Initiative $124,421.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Mariachi Cardenal de Stanford $15,461.25 $14,725.00 5% PDF More info »
The Bridge Peer Counseling Center $6,000.00 $9,790.00 -39% PDF More info »
Asian American Students' Association $77,744.68 $81,624.00 -5% PDF More info »
Barrio Assistance $43,660.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Dance Marathon $24,131.16 $25,688.11 -6% PDF More info »
Stanford Undergraduate Research Journal $7,416.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Club Sports (Undergraduate) $135,000.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Mock Trial $26,140.00 $22,163.00 18% PDF More info »
Everyday People $13,313.82 $7,293.47 83% PDF More info »
Stanford Concert Network (Undergraduate) $258,280.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Film Society $13,846.00 $14,263.12 -3% PDF More info »
SAIO $43,720.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Robotics Club $43,113.00 $47,575.00 -9% PDF More info »
The Arab Student Association at Stanford $7,855.00 $8,635.00 -9% PDF More info »
KZSU (Graduate) $39,348.42 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Collaborative Orchestra $7,877.00 $8,779.90 -10% PDF More info »
Stanford Jump Rope $19,230.00 $20,891.00 -8% PDF More info »
The Stanford Flipside $6,296.00 $9,500.00 -34% PDF More info »
Stanford Theater Laboratory $11,650.00 $11,650.00 0% PDF More info »
First-Generation Low Income Partnership (FLIP) $29,430.00 $17,855.00 65% PDF More info »
Volunteers in Latin America $16,231.00 $16,476.00 -1% PDF More info »
Solar Car Project $102,300.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Symphony Orchestra $32,315.21 $34,450.00 -6% PDF More info »
Stanford Bhangra Team $18,345.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Harmonics $18,070.00 $20,960.00 -14% PDF More info »
Stanford Fleet Street Singers $16,030.00 $17,221.90 -7% PDF More info »
Stanford in Government $38,025.00 $37,360.00 2% PDF More info »
Stanford Martial Arts Program (undergrad) $35,528.17 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) $34,800.00 $33,690.00 3% PDF More info »
Viennese Ball (Undergraduate) $12,990.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Mixed Company $12,902.73 $12,899.25 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Video Game Association $7,500.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Women in Politics $16,350.00 $19,725.00 -17% PDF More info »
Black Student Union $67,168.85 $65,392.89 3% PDF More info »
Stanford Daily (Undergraduate) $103,600.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Raagapella $25,660.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Biological Interdisciplinary Open Maker Environment $20,718.00 $37,600.00 -45% PDF More info »
Stanford Shakespeare Company $9,305.00 $9,970.00 -7% PDF More info »
Akasma Bellydance $8,985.00 $17,910.00 -50% PDF More info »
Society for International Affairs at Stanford $25,577.66 $27,359.00 -7% PDF More info »
Mint Magazine $9,730.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Daily (Graduate) $47,808.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Wind Symphony $15,180.00 $15,465.00 -2% PDF More info »
Stanford Undergraduate Research Association $24,822.38 $25,897.13 -4% PDF More info »
International Undergraduate Community $17,303.55 $19,890.00 -13% PDF More info »
SUAVE - Stanford Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Enthusiasts, Engineers, Entrepreneurs $26,695.35 $27,390.00 -3% PDF More info »
Educational Studies Program (Graduate) $18,463.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Speakers Bureau (Graduate) $91,190.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Mendicants $17,095.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
SENSA $43,036.00 (none) 0% PDF More info »
Stanford Chapter of the NAACP $24,600.00 $25,000.00 -2% PDF More info »
Student Organizing Committee for the Arts $19,600.00 $62,000.00 -68% PDF More info »
Cardinal Calypso $15,358.00 $16,216.55 -5% PDF More info »

Rising Seniors Class President slates

MARC TESSENIOR LEV19NE (validated with 100 signatures)

This April, MARC your ballots for the TESSENIOR-LAV19NES!

M: Meeting 2019

Although this is our final year, there are still so many members of our class that we have yet to know. We hope to sponsor events that give you the opportunity to continue meeting the Class of 2019. Through Philz speed dating, dorm reunions, a senior formal, and other special events throughout the year, we will both connect and reconnect you with the incredible people of our class. We want to complete our time at Stanford with a strong community and lifelong friendships.

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 seniors. 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 ...

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Rising Juniors Class President slates

Slate Registration (validated with 100 signatures)

We love the Class of 2020 like Kanye loves Kanye! We’re Slate Registration and we are here to make junior year one HECK OF A year. It’s crazy to think that at the start of next year, we’ll be halfway done with our time at Stanford. It’s BOUND 2 be AMAZING with all the opportunities around us. Junior year is meant to be a CELEBRATION and it’s not too LATE to make the most of our time on the Farm!

L: LIFT OFF: We look forward to starting the year off strong and keeping the pace. Look forward to everything from the Welcome Back event to FMOTQ to more!

A: ALL OF THE LIGHTS: Each person in the Class of 2020 is a light and it it is very important to us that we consider the variety of interests and talents in the junior class ...

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Rising Sophomores Class President slates

FOREVER '21 (validated with 100 signatures)

The bonding never ends with FOREVER ‘21.

Let’s create lifelong bonds. From class-wide Assassins, free Chick-fil-A, CoHo speed-dating, frosh dorm reunions, and Faces of 2021 to finals week therapy dogs, pool parties, sophomore formal, field days, and water balloon fights, FOREVER ‘21 will keep the fun going, all year long.

Through building and strengthening lasting friendships among the incredible members of our class, we will strive to fight the sophomore slump by creating a memorable and exciting year!

Keeping you in the loop.

FOREVER '21 goes beyond. Beyond Maus, beyond the fall quarter kickoff, beyond purely social events:
FOREVER '21 is committed to keeping you up to date with campus resources via weekly newsletters and blog posts. From peer counseling to resume workshops to help choosing a major, FOREVER ‘21 is all about keeping you in the loop.

FOREVER ‘21 starts with you.

We represent a diverse range of ...

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The Culture (validated with 100 signatures)

I know there’s a lot to read here, but we are overflowing with ideas for our sophomore year. If you want to know more keep reading, if you want the short version: we want more dogs on campus.

The Culture

We are Cade, Sara, Ebbie, and Joe, and we are here for you. We didn’t decide to run for sophomore class president to toss it on our resumes and Instagram bios; we did it because we love Stanford. All four of us love going to school here, and we want you to love it too – real talk. No matter how you feel about The Farm, we think we might just have a few decent ideas on how to make your stay here a bit more enjoyable, even if you are one of the unfortunate souls enrolled in Math 51. Our goal is to establish a culture of openness ...

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StanFor-U (validated with 100 signatures)

We stand for you and the “U”!!

We are four fun-loving flipping fantastic sophomores who strive to support the well-being, diversity, and community of our class.

From serving on Frosh Council to participating in public service organizations to procrastinating on our PSETs at TAP on weekday nights,

We are Sophs for MORE:

M: Mindfulness

We believe that our class is stronger because of our differences, and we want to promote our the amazing diversity that each student and community brings to the table through:

  • “Fireside Chats” w/ MTL to address questions submitted by the Sophomore Class

  • Awareness events planned in collaboration with different ethnic and religious groups

O: Opportunities

While Stanford is full of new and exciting ideas, it can sometimes be overwhelming trying to filter through the noise of email lists and club applications amidst the chaos of too many units. We want to present the Sophomore class with ...

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Twenty-One, Twenty-Fun (validated with 100 signatures)


Our slate aims to put on fresh and unique social events while also implementing several initiatives to create social change. For social programming, we aim to prevent the Sophomore Slump by increasing opportunities for class members to meet, through events like a Sophomore Soirée, meet and greet mixers, class-wide capture the flag, and more!

Our three main social change initiatives have already been in the works, as we've reached out to multiple groups for their support. They are:

  • Student Mental Health & Wellness. We'll establish dorm-by-dorm liaisons who will provide mental health resources, de-stressing activities, and emotional support to people seeking help from someone close to them!
  • Safety at Stanford (SaS), where we'll focus on providing resources such as monthly self-defense classes and info on how prevent becoming a bystander of assault
  • A Sophomore-Senior Peer to Peer Mentoring System. Members of our class will ...
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Undergraduate Senate candidates

Jianna So (validated with 100 signatures)

Endorsed by the Students of Color Coalition!

I am running for Senate because I want to amplify the voices of marginalized communities on campus in order to center initiatives on their needs and keep Stanford accountable. During the past two quarters, I have worked closely with SEIU Local 2007, the workers’ union on campus, the Stanford Coalition for Planning an Equitable 2035, a student group that advocates for sustainable housing at Stanford, and the ASSU Senate as a Senate Associate. Through student activism, my passion for service worker’s rights and the Bay Area housing crisis has only grown stronger. While I will support initiatives that empower all of Stanford's most marginalized communities, my top priorities as a Senator will be to:

1) Advocate for service workers' rights on campus

Dining halls on campus are severely understaffed, resulting in employees being constantly overworked. There are a number of vacant ...

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CLICK HERE TO PROVE YOU'RE NOT A ROBOT jk its Emperor Palpatine (validated with 100 signatures)

*KNOCK KNOCK*Have you heard about our Dark Lord and Savior Emperor Palpatine?

...then buckle the f-word up:

Platform for Emperor Palpatine:

1). Repeal and replace the ASSU with a military oligarchy led by the Stanford ROTC.

2). Find Danny.

3). Institution of an annual "Purge" where it is acceptable to steal bike lights and date RAs.

4). Create and implement a "jail" for people who repost memes on SMFET.

5). Safer cybersecurity: 3 step authentication.

6). Require all conversations to end with the phrase “Make Sense?”

7). Progressive Palpatine: Droid Rights For All Droids

8). Reinforce the Night's Watch.

9). Find Richard.


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Michal Skreta (validated with 100 signatures)

Polish the Senate!

Endorsed by The Stanford Daily

Access to university resources should be as simple as possible. Let's make it a reality.

Through my involvement in Frosh Council and the ASSU as a Senate Associate, I learned about the minutiae of university operations. Whether I was discussing the prospects for need-blind admissions for international students with university leaders, examining the UAR's progress on revamping the PMA program on the Senate Academic Affairs Committee or benchmarking the transparency of Stanford investments, I understood how to initiate change in a quick and comprehensive manner.

What will I advocate for if I am elected?

• Establishing need-blind financial aid for international students

• Streamlining the funding process for student groups

• Abolishing printing fees

• Eliminating additional course fees

• Expanding accessibility on campus for people with disabilities

• Making the information about the university's operations more accessible

• Increasing transparency of Stanford's investments

• Subsidizing ...

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Melissa Loupeda (validated with 100 signatures)

               Endorsed by SOCC (Students of Color Coalition), FLIP (First gen low income partnership) & The Stanford Daily

                                     "Increasing accessibility through efficiency"

What are you voting for when you support me?

  • A Plan:

Lobbying the Vice Provost Office to Decrease the Volatility of Community Center Funding:
Community Center Funding is the responsibility of the Vice Provost Office and is currently treated discretionarily. I am committed to rallying students and pressuring the administration into allocating funds sustainably.

Facilitating the Potential Transition from Use of the Campus Climate Survey to a more Data-Driven Method: Stanford may replace the Campus Climate Survey with a more comprehensive survey called the AAU next year. This is the ideal time to pressure the administration into asking questions that will allow more data to be gathered -- especially regarding the unique ways in which sexual assault impacts queer communities and communities of color so that targeted programming and support systems ...

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Sefa Santos-Powell (validated with 100 signatures)


My name is Sefa Santos-Powell and I am running for ASSU Senate. The consistent maintenance of white supremacist thought in our school's events is qwhite distasteful to me. I am very put off by the number of Republicans running so whoomp here I am. I want to interrogate institutions and criticize complacency.

Thank you.

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Leya Elias (validated with 100 signatures)


Endorsed by: SOCC (Students of Color Coalition), FLIP (First-Generation & Low-Income Partnership), & The Stanford Daily

As a Senator, I pledge to:

1) serve you & your needs

2) advocate tirelessly to achieve our goals

3) listen to you as your needs change and shift.

Through my role on Senate, I hope to:

1) establish a home for the First-Generation/Low-Income (FLI) community through a permanent & fully-staffed center while also ensuring other community centers (A^3, El Centro, Markaz, Black House, QSpot, NACC & the WCCC) also receive the support and resources we need.

2) utilize Stanford’s technological advancement to create a more centralized system that allows students to effectively access resources and answers to questions.

3) increase on campus safety through the establishment of a permanent after-dark transportation service while working on a more long-term plan to secure the campus.

Something missing here from the list of concerns?

Something else bothering ...

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José Antonio Ávalos (validated with 100 signatures)

My name is José Antonio Ávalos, but you can call me Jose, Antonio, Tony, Tonio, Toño, Josean, Güero, or Goose (I'll answer to all of them). It seems to me, based on past events, that we don't have a good allocation of funds or good representation in the ASSU, and I'd like to help change that doing the following:

Appropriating club money by need and on a case-by-case basis rather than by a specific number.

Giving freedom for students to go to places outside of Vaden.

Increasing the number of restaurants on campus that take meal plan dollars.

Allowing freshmen more freedom to choose how their meal money is distributed.

Having student polling to see the issues that matter to students.

Making ASSU and Stanford Budget more accessible.

and Subsidizing Uber and local travel costs for low-income students.

I'm also running with ya boi Andy Lee ...

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Jamie Seney (validated with 100 signatures)

Endorsed by: SOCC and FLIP

Equity and Accountability

A platform which pushes folks to:

Listen, which means more than to hear;

See, which means more than to look at;

Understand, which means more than to comprehend;

Empathize, which means more than to sympathize;

Activate change, which means more than to simply advocate for change.

What this looks like:

Community center budget increases:

Increased staffing to to reflect the growth and need of communities  
Renovations, general infrastructure improvements  
Provide and sustain community-specific resources

Need-blind, need-demonstrated admissions for international students

Accessible resources, internships, jobs, scholarships, etc. for undocumented students

Reformed mental health practices:

Identity-specific CAPS professionals   
Long-term mental health care  
No workloads during Dead Week

Increasing diversity on Stanford committees

Improving transparent communication between the ASSU and student body

Promoting campus culture shift away from the concept of "professional political discourse" and toward one of "cultural sensitivity."

Holding the institution and administration ...

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Matt Wigler (validated with 100 signatures)

Student voices deserve to be taken seriously. I hope to bring them to Stanford's faculty and administration as an advocate for our shared interest in building both a better school and home here. At the same time, I am also convinced that we could all stand to benefit from more conversations with each other. I hope to help initiate such conversations, bridging divides that split our polarized campus and building trust between communities. I am running for senate because I believe in the possibilities of dialogue, as well as those of student government. My platform centers on increasing opportunities for student engagement with Stanford's institutions and with each other.

I am Vice President of the Stanford Democrats and serve on a statewide caucus of the California Young Democrats. I support divest from private prisons and fossil fuels; I support Israel. I want to pursue measures to better protect ...

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Tyra Nicolay (validated with 100 signatures)

SOCC and FLIP endorsed!

Hello everyone, I am Tyra Nicolay, a Native American student from the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. I am currently campaigning for Senate and would appreciate your vote!

As an ASSU senator I will advocate for under-represented communities and their community centers, fair student group funding, transparency within ASSU and university committees and the creation of a sanctuary campus.

It is vital that the voices of students who are first generation/low income, people of color and minority communities are not only heard but action is taken directly on their behalf.

As a FLIP (First Generation/Low Income Partnership) core member and a low income student from a diverse background, I highly support initiatives that benefit this community as well as the community centers that are essential to their success.

My platform consists of: - Advocating for the establishment of Stanford University as a Sanctuary Campus - Transparency ...

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Faa Diallo (validated with 100 signatures)

Main goal: Currently, we are in the works to gathering information to have better winter housing for both International and Low Income groups who may not be able to go home for various reason ranging from violence in the home to people who cannot afford it. Along with this I am definitely for need-blind admissions for international students. I would also like to expand on transitional programs like LSP (Leland Scholars Program). I believe that there are so many Low-Income and international students that are not receiving the resources they need to transition into an environment like Stanford. Coming from LSP I can tell you that without it I would definitely be going down the wrong path. We need programs that build families like LSP.

I also believe that the University’s top priority needs to shift to create a conversation. We need to start breeding more dialog between people ...

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Gabe Rosen (validated with 100 signatures)

Endorsed by: FLIP and The Stanford Daily

I'm a current ASSU Senator (the one mentioned here) running for a third term. I'm running for re-election because I know there is still work to be done addressing systemic issues on campus.

During my first term I authored and passed the Full House Fund, supported the Senate and ASAP's joint efforts regarding Title IX, and co-sponsored a resolution against Islamophobia, among other initiatives such as supporting transparency reforms.

During my most recent term I oversaw the implementation of Funding Reform as Chair of the Appropriations Committee, ensuring that our funding decisions are more transparent and equitable while remaining within budget. My committee has also recently incorporated environmental sustainability as a criteria in funding processes, drawing on the Office of Sustainability's Green Events Checklist. I also voted in favor of the reconstitution of the ASSU Joint Legislative Committee on ...

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Martin Altenburg (validated with 100 signatures)

Endorsed by: SOCC

Hi everybody, I’m Martin Altenburg and am running for a seat on Stanford’s Undergraduate Senate. I’m here to make Stanford a more student-focused institution that cares about the needs of its undergraduate population. This means a Stanford where every student feels they belong and can participate academically, socially, and politically on campus. Here my three main areas of focus:

1) Giving every student a voice: When it comes to being a student-focused college, the first thing on Stanford’s mind needs to be making sure that every student, regardless of their background, has the ability to voice their concerns and participate in the dialogue at Stanford. One of the biggest ways this can be developed is through committing to improving the funding and well-being of community centers on campus. Over the past 2 years, the community centers at Stanford fell victim to inefficient allocations ...

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Rodolfo Salazar (validated with 100 signatures)

Endorsed by FLIP

Hi everyone, my name is Rodolfo Salazar and I am a Freshman running for ASSU Senate. I believe that Stanford has a responsibility (and adequate funds) to fully support the needs of every student on campus, yet this is not what we see. As an ASSU Representative, I will work to change this by advocating for a fair distribution of funds to the various groups and communities on campus. Furthermore, I will work to facilitate conversations between communities in order to increase the level of understanding and respect that every community deserves. As a Senator, I will work to elevate the voices of low-income students, first generation students, students of color, students with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ students. I will also be advocating for Stanford's divestment from Fossil Fuels and Private Prisons, better protection and support for victims of sexual assault, and a need-blind admission process for ...

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Tim Vrakas (validated with 100 signatures)


Tim Vrakas: A Candidate Dedicated to Stanford Students


The ASSU is more than a system to distribute student funds, It’s nominal mission is to advance our interests as students provide for meaningful participation in the governance of the University. While the Administration does value the input of students, their interests will always be different than ours in some way. I believe that the interests of the student body are unique and worth fighting for. The Senate is in the singular position of having autonomy and financial authority, and that position is not one I would waste. I pledge to support the position of students second to nothing. Achiving this mission means both knowing the opinions of the students, and identifying issues that we as a senate can address. Why are quesadillas 8$ at Arrillaga? Which student groups are doing the most for the campus, and which are not ...

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Josh Nkoy (validated with 100 signatures)


Josh Nkoy: He's Your Boy. Choose Common Sense Leadership This Year.

If you don't want to read my whole platform: I am running on the platform of common sense. I will fight greater allocation of funding to present and future students, a louder voice for all students regardless of background (most immediately for those from marginalized communities), the establishment of a sanctuary campus, implementation of improvements for students with disabilities, environmental accountability (including fossil fuel divestment), and transparency -- because ALL OF THESE THINGS JUST MAKE SENSE for us students. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at joshnkoy@stanford.edu. Thank you!

The Common Sense Leadership Option: A Short Background

Much of everything we do has been dictated by outside beliefs that have been predetermined for us. What we personally believe in, what our political leanings are, or what our subconscious tendencies ...

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Jon Johnson (validated with 100 signatures)


Endorsed : First Generation and Low-Income Partnership (FLIP)

What The Community Deserves:

You Deserve More Than Just 4 Free CAPS Appointments After 4 CAPS appointments, individuals are referred to a specialist off-campus. I am making it a priority to fight for more funding to be allocated towards CAPS. Your mental health should not be mandated to improve within a few trips.

Our Community Centers Need More Funding & We Need To Continue Construction of A Few More Centers The presence of community centers is appreciated but that is not enough to tend to the need of students to have a comforting and identity affirming space. I will not simply be satisfied that we have been given a space, but I will fight for funding in all community centers to be increased so that the adequate staff is available and truly beneficial actions can take place.

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Zakaria Sharif (validated with 100 signatures)

Have Belief in Sharif

Endorsed by: SOCC, FLIP

Inclusion, Diversity, and Equality.

I believe in a vision of Stanford that is for everyone, regardless of background or circumstance. My most important objective is to grant a voice to the voiceless, because every new addition makes our roar that much louder. Stanford may be a place of paradise to some, but not to all. In order to rectify that, here is my plan of attack:


  • Adjust the rules of club funding to ensure community centers have adequate access to resources.

  • Foster better communication between ASSU and the general public through the conducting of quarterly town hall meetings to get real student's feedback on senate proposals.


  • Continue the current senate's work on increasing faculty diversity to ensure every student gets to be taught by someone who shares their background.

  • Work to represent the interests of marginalized people on ...

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Mauricio Morfin (validated with 100 signatures)

Main goal: Currently, we are in the works to gathering information to have better winter housing for both International and Low Income groups who may not be able to go home for various reason ranging from violence in the home to people who cannot afford it. Along with this I am definitely for need-blind admissions for international students. I would also like to expand on transitional programs like LSP (Leland Scholars Program). I believe that there are so many Low-Income and international students that are not receiving the resources they need to transition into an environment like Stanford. Coming from LSP I can tell you that without it I would definitely be going down the wrong path. We need programs that build families like LSP.

I also believe that the University’s top priority needs to shift to create a conversation. We need to start breeding more dialog between people ...

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Melody Yang (validated with 100 signatures)

Endorsed by SOCC & FLIP

Community Centered


  • Community Centers, which do not receive the funding, staffing, or acknowledgement they deserve.
  • The voices of our most marginalized communities on campus.
  • Accountability to our most vulnerable students, because availability does not equate accessibility of resources.
  • Transparent lines of communication with community members to ensure that ASSU initiatives are inclusive of their needs.

Advocating for:

  • Increased funding and staffing for Community Centers
  • Culturally competent and representative mental health resources, greater accessibility of counselors, financial support for FLI students seeking long term mental health resources
  • Permanent DGen space
  • More housing and dining options for winter and spring break
  • Better conversations about class, privilege, gender identity, race, and microaggressions in dorms
  • Guaranteed internships and fellowships for DACA students, conversations about undocumented status, Know Your Rights workshops for students, protections for undocumented students
  • Greater transparency about Stanford’s hiring/wage policies, subsidized housing for post-docs, workers ...
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Bennett Lewis (validated with 100 signatures)

Bennett for Senate

Endorsed by The Stanford Daily

Hey guys, I'm Bennett! As your ASSU Senator, I will push for reform at Stanford in order to maintain its status as a progressive, top-tier institution that paves the way for change at other universities (thus defining its status as unapologetically non-Ivy League). I plan on working with the administration and student groups in order to push for issues such as working to create long-term care options for CAPS, increasing awareness and support for communities of color and LGBTQ students, working towards a CalTrain subsidy program, reducing the costs of textbooks through a give-back program and/or an online database, and advocating for more environmental sustainability through a greater proliferation of clean energy and recycling efforts. I support the divestment from fossil fuels and private prisons. Please feel free to email me at blewis13@stanford.edu

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Andy Lee (validated with 100 signatures)

My name is Andy Lee, and I'm a freshman here at Stanford. I want to run for the ASSU Senate. Here's why:

Common Sense, Common Governance

A Platform of Decency

Dorms and Classes

Free printing for students every quarter- I refuse to pay $30 to print psets

University-owned iClickers distributed to students and collected at end of quarter

Allow Students to consult with medical professionals at Stanford Hospital, alongside Vaden

Increase subsidies for music lessons

Subsidize Uber rides to airports for low-income students


Increase the number of restaurants at Stanford that accept mealplan dollars

Allow freshmen to take on fewer swipes for more Cardinal Dollars

Keep coffee free during Late Night!

Good governance

Regular campus e-polling to see what issues matter to YOU

Make the ASSU's yearly budget more accessible

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Grad Student Council (Graduate at Large District) candidates

Gabby Badica


My name is Gabby Badica and I have been the GSC Social Chair for the past two years. I believe it's important for us to have fun events organized so we can take a break from our stressful studies and make friends.

I plan all of the GSC events: the Thanksgiving Dinner, the Welcome Back Party, Speed Friending for grad students (with the Alumni Association), the Valentine's Day party (with the CA program), De-Stress Day and the Grad Formal. I also help other student groups plan their events when they want to work together (such as EEPROM and Chinese New Year). In my time as Social Chair, I have doubled the number of events we offer each year, and I established funding partnerships with the Alumni Association so we can afford to offer students more event choices.

My advocacy work focuses on housing and affordability. My main ...

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Kari Barclay


I'm Kari, a PhD student in Theater and Performance Studies. When I'm not writing and directing plays on campus, you'll find me involved in various efforts to strengthen graduate student power. Serving on the Graduate Student Council this past year, I amplified the council's work around advocacy while continuing to support existing programming and social events.

I expanded the scale and resources of the Diversity and Advocacy Committee, compiled a report on Graduate Student Life advocating for affordable housing, healthcare, and childcare, and liaised with administration to advance institutional change around issues concerning graduate student life.

I passed resolutions around university-subsidized childcare and endowment investment responsibility and connected with undergraduate leaders to ensure that our university collects proper data on sexual harassment and assault.

I would be pleased to keep working on the GSC next year to amplify graduate voices and gain material victories for ...

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Grad Student Council (GSB District) candidates

Justin Di

My intention to run for GSC seat is to speak up for GSB community louder and strive for results harder. Right now, we face some problems that are beyond GSB control. For example, the construction field in Serra Street and Campus Dr is expanding tremendously. I've heard many classmates complain about the negative impact on their daily life. As one of the few MBA1 who live in EV Studio 2, this problem has been haunting us since the first day of enrollment in last September. Now, we are literally boxed by constructions from all dimensions. And, we definitely want to know what such problems, not limited to construction, will evolve and what we can do to mitigate the negative impacts.

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Aditya Ranjan

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Grad Student Council (Graduate Earth Science District) candidates

Shanna Chu

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Grad Student Council (School of Education District) candidates

David Song

No statement submitted.

Grad Student Council (Graduate School of Engineering District) candidates

Rui Liu

Hi All,

My Background: My name is Rui Liu, a PhD student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. I have been working in the Association of Chinese Students and Scholars at Stanford (ACSSS) for the past three years, and I was Co-President of ACSSS for 2017-2018. I am also part of the 2018 Graduate Empowerment Coalition which aims to amplify students' voices on campus. In addition, I was a member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at Stanford for 2014-2015. I was also selected to be a tutor for E103 Public Speaking, which gave me a great opportunity to talk with students with different cultural background.

During my time with ACSSS, I was in charge of a variety of events, including Chinese Spring Festival Gala, Welcoming Party for New Students, Chinese Singing Competition, Chinese Graduation Party, and Celebrity Talks. Throughout those events, I have honed my communication and ...

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Andrew Jabara


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Abísola Kusimo

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Isaac Matthews

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Yiqing Ding


My name is Yiqing and I am a second year student at Aero Astro. I have had the honor to serve on the GSC for the past year. As a councillor, I worked closely with Gabby to host the Chinese New Year this year!

My primary advocacy for student interests is on housing and student activities. As a student personally did not win a housing lottery last autumn, I had to live in Mountain View for more than four months until I received a spot during the winter quarter lottery. My experience during those four months made me realize how important EVGR project currently going on is. However, I do share the concern with many of you regarding the noise complaint. Therefore, it would be my top priority in the coming year to continue working closely with the council and school administration to resolve both the housing and noise ...

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Ana Maria Tarano

Summary of Issues

PhD students should not be paying for their degrees with loans. I think departments should be transparent about the amount of funding available for students and that we find solutions to this growing self-funded PhD epidemic. I will also bring forward diversity and inclusion issues and amplify solutions developed by communities who identify as underrepresented groups, including first-gen/low-income, people of color, women, LQBTQI+, disability community, international students, etc. I understand that housing and food insecurity are issues that affect most of the graduate community and will work with the Graduate Life Office to increase affordable housing opportunities. I also want to dismantle the "norm" by which it is a given that graduate students will suffer from mental health issues during the acquisition of their degrees. I want graduate students to feel empowered to get help from CAPS ( Counseling and Psychological Services ) or CST (Confidential Support Team ...

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Ricardo Peterson


My name is Ricardo Peterson, and I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Electrical Engineering Department. It is a pleasure to have this opportunity to run as a GSC candidate for the School of Engineering. Although the past ~2.5 years at Stanford have been remarkable, recent issues relevant to graduate student life have incentivized me to serve my community as a representative of the graduate community.

The first is related to a quality lifestyle. As a graduate student, the social events organized by GSC have been highly valuable. Thus far, GSC has worked hard hosting events for the graduate community (e.g. parties/dances, speed friending, Thanksgiving events, etc), and I plan on reinforcing GSC's role in enrichening the quality of graduate life. Through surveying graduate students (including incoming admits) and collaborative efforts with other Departments, I'm confident that graduate social life can improve.

Second ...

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

Melanie Malinas

Endorsed by the Stanford Bioscience Student Association (SBSA) and the Stanford Biomedical Association for the Interests of Minority Students (BioAIMS). Part of the Graduate Empowerment Coalition.

Hello! My name is Melanie, and I am a fourth-year PhD student in the Biophysics program. I am running for my second term on the Graduate Student Council. I have served as the GSC funding committee co-chair, as the financial literacy coordinator, and on the Diversity and Advocacy committee.

The GSC is an important outlet for advocacy for graduate student interests. Two of the issues most important to me that I plan to work on are healthcare and affordability. As a member of the GSC and the GSC Diversity and Advocacy Committee, I have worked on several different issues, particularly focusing on healthcare. Mental health care is an important issue for the graduate student population. I am part of the CAPS student advisory committee ...

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Grad Student Council (Law School District) candidates

Nicolas Garcia

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Grad Student Council (Medical School District) candidates

Amy Tarangelo

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Fossil Fuel Divestment (pending validation)

In accordance with Stanford’s commitment to ethical investment, the University should divest its endowment from fossil fuel extraction companies in order to avert further environmental and social harm caused by climate change.

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