Melissa Loupeda (Undergraduate Senate candidate)
- Candidate statement
Endorsed by The Stanford Daily
What I stand for:
Creating projects that not only build on prior work but lay out a clear framework for students after me to pick up on and develop.
The ASSU, Vice Provost Office, and University donors support student groups in different capacities. The rules governing the contributions of each are inconsistent with one another. I aim to sync the funding processes of these different parties through standardized funding guidelines that ensure that all the opportunities that Stanford has to offer are in fact accessible to our entire community.
I am running in association with individuals that have in the past been endorsed by the Students of Color Coalition and First Gen Low Income Partnership (FLIP) for their commitment to the issues of our most vulnerable communities. They understand what the Senate job requires because they have served and created meaningful change.
Because I have worked with many of the current and potential Senate and Exec members before, as a Senator I will be able to facilitate the syncing up of Senate with the ASSU at large which will streamline efforts and reduce miscommunication. This also affords me the flexibility of knowing how to work with whoever gets elected, at all levels, so that the Senate can hit the ground running.
I myself have already engaged in making institutional changes. Through my personal project as an ASSU SAP-ling (the most active way to be involved in Student Government as a freshman) I have teamed up with a math professor to create workshops that target the negative messaging students receive about who can be successful in math with a focus on catering to women and students of color who are disproportionately affected by the inherent biases and microaggressions in teaching.
SO WHAT DOES THAT ACTUALLY MEAN FOR YOU?
Utilize platform to expand math workshop event and facilitate other academically oriented outreach that promotes inclusivity.
Reduce volatility of Community Center funding by finding a sustainable funding system that prevents cuts from year to year.
Increase dimensionality of conversations surrounding sexual assault by acknowledging common misconceptions and the unique ways this issue affect particular communities.
Acknowledge the unique challenges faced by students with disabilities and give these students the mic.
Accountability and investment. Amp up efforts to communicate what it is that the ASSU does to increase public support and debate over the choices we make.
GIVE YOU REASONS TO CARE ABOUT WHAT THE ASSU DOES. PERIOD.
MELISSA LOUPEDA, "STAY IN THE LOUP" / IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE "FAM" SLATE
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