Jacob Randolph (Undergraduate Senate candidate)

Candidate statement

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 Communities of Color

  • With over 70% of Stanford faculty a non-minority, I will advocate for an increase in the number of faculty of color, as well as the number of tenure-track positions provided to professors of color.
  • Given the uncertainty of the Trump administration, I will work with Stanford’s administration to ensure that all vulnerable communities are protected and provided any necessary support/services.
  • Fight against any narratives, policies, and administrative actions that might marginalize communities of color.
  • Collaborate with university officials to ensure adequate funding for community centers that provide valuable communities for so many students.
  • Ensure that diversity remains a priority for for the Stanford administration, and is a hallmark of both faculty and student life.

Tackling Issues Facing First Generation/Low-Income Students

  • Collaborate with Stanford’s administration and other university offices to make university resources and other opportunities more accessible to students from all backgrounds and income levels.
  • Strengthen and expand programs such as the Opportunity Fund, Full House Fund, and the Welcome Grant that help remove financial barriers to access.
  • Ensure that first generation/low income students have adequate access to funding, internships, and other opportunities for professional/personal development.
  • Advocate for a more inclusive and equitable admissions/financial aid process that removes all barriers to access for incoming FLI students.

Tackling Gender Issues

  • Support and expand the current Exec’s initiative to stock hygiene products and contraception around campus.
  • Work with Stanford’s administration to ensure that the handling of Title IX claims are transparent and ethical.
  • Support organizations such as SWE, SWIB, and SWIP that encourage women to pursue careers in fields where they are underrepresented.
  • Collaborate with student groups, university offices, and other relevant stakeholders to continue to make progress in the fight against gender inequality.

Student Group Funding

  • Ensure that student organizations are receiving the necessary funding to create and promote meaningful events and programming that will contribute to campus life and reflect the diverse perspectives of Stanford students.
  • Collaborate with other Senators to create a more accessible student group funding process.
  • Expand Senator Office Hours to ensure that student group leaders are able to voice their concerns and address any issues affecting their members.

Without a strong movement in favor of addressing these issues, Stanford is ultimately unable to achieve its mission of promoting “the public welfare by exercising an influence in behalf of humanity and civilization.”

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