Undergraduate Senate candidates

Stephen Sills (validated with 100 signatures)

Hello! My name is Stephen Sills-pays-the-Bills with the advocacy Skills to represent our community!!

And I am very happy to announce my platform for ASSU senate! I would love your supporting in ensuring Stanford lives up to its ideals of liberty, community, and equal opportunity!

Stanford University was founded in the spirit of these values, and yet our campus being torn apart, our communities are being torn apart, being ostracized on the basis of race, socio-economic background. As a FLI Asian, Mexican-American student who has been one of the thousands of others vilified by our current climate, I am here to tell you that it does not have to be this way. Join me, as students of color, as queer students, as FLI students, as STANFORD students, in showing the world we can be better than this!

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Maxine Gomez (validated with 100 signatures)

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Sam Schimmel (validated with 100 signatures)

Hello, my name is Sam Schimmel. I am an Alaska Native freshman with proven success in advocating for communities on the local, State, and Federal levels. I am endorsed by The Stanford Students of Color Coalition (SOCC), The Stanford Daily, and FLIP and I am running to give Stanford Students, particularly low-income students and students of color, a seat at the table in the most important policy considerations. Students struggling with mental health are marginalized, first-generation and low-income students like myself are limited by our economic status, the freshmen experience is under attack, and sexual assault occurs far too often. I am running for ASSU Senate to address these issues, to provide a voice for marginalized Stanford students, and to ensure that all Stanford experiences are as positive as possible.


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Amber Patrick (validated with 100 signatures)

Hey everyone,

My name is Amber Patrick and I am running to be one of your representatives on ASSU Senate. I have been active in the Stanford community through participation in organizations like Frosh Council, the Society of Black Scientists and Engineers, Blackprint, the Society of International Affairs at Stanford, and Stanford in Government. Through my experiences interacting with different members of our community, I have encountered many instances of insufficient efforts being made to support each student. I am running for Senate because I believe that Stanford should help all students equally.

Some of my goals for Senate next year include:

Ensuring equitable funding for student organizations

Student organizations are an integral part of the Stanford community. Especially for those that come from underrepresented backgrounds, student groups are a primary way of acclimating to the university. For this reason, funding for the more impactful organizations on campus should be ...

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Joshua Pe (validated with 100 signatures)

Endorsed by SOCC (Students of Color Coalition) and FLIP (First-Gen and/or Low-Income Partnership)

Hi everyone,

My name is Joshua Pe and I am running for the ASSU Undergraduate Senate because I care about all students, particularly students of color, low-income students, and LGBTQIA+ students.

To know me better here are some of the things that I have been and am working on this year:

* I’m working in the FLI (first-generation and/or low-income) community through the FLI Office. I’ve been working with RFs (Resident Fellows) and student staff to address issues that affect marginalized and underrepresented students’ and their sense of inclusion/belonging within dorms.

* I’m working through FLIP (FLI Partnership) to create programming for students to discuss their differences and experiences. For example, modifying the format of “Can We Talks” and expanding discussions to allies of the FLI community.

* I'm working through Frosh Council ...

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Jennalei Louie (validated with 100 signatures)

Hi everyone! My name is Jennalei. I am currently the ASSU Co-Director of Mental Health & Wellness, alongside Trenton Chang. After working in the Executive Cabinet this year, I’ve decided to run for Senate so that I can continue the advocacy work that I’ve come to love. Despite all the frustrations that exist within the bureaucratic system of Stanford, I am committed to continue representing the voices at Stanford that are often neglected or forgotten.

We’ve come a long way, and Stanford continues to improve because we, as students, have kept administrators accountable. However, despite all the strides in inclusivity and diversity, I think that Stanford still suffers from complacency. As a system, the response to the needs of students is often reactive, and that shouldn’t be the case. We should be working together with admin to be proactive and address problems directly.

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Elvis Zhang (validated with 100 signatures)

Hi everyone,

My name is Elvis Zhang and I'm running for undergraduate senate because I want to represent all students and prioritize substance over bureaucracy. As an international student and student of color, I would like to focus on high impact, achievable reforms such as accelerating need-blind financial aid for international students, boosting conversations around mental health, and reforming leave of absence policy. If you have any questions or simply want to chat, feel free to email me or message me at my number: 215-356-0819.


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Mià Theresa Bahr (validated with 100 signatures)

Endorsed by the Stanford Students of Color Coalition

Hi! My name Mià Theresa and I'm a candidate who gives a sh*t.

As an active member of several activist communities on campus, I am running for Senate to represent my fellow marginalized students, fight for better accessibility to opportunities on campus, and push for more transparency between the administrators and the student body.

But most importantly, as someone who lives on campus with the rest of you, I'm running because I know things have to change.

I love Stanford, and I couldn't imagine calling another place home. However, that does not make me ignorant to the fact that this university is nowhere near perfect. Marginalized voices on this campus are continually silenced and the needs of our peers are often left unaddressed. Though we as a whole are making progress towards inclusivity, diversity, and equality on campus ...

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Zan Benitez (validated with 100 signatures)

Hello, my name is Zan.

I'm running for senate because of our shared values: gender, equality, identity, and justice. I'm running for Senate and my platform will be focused on mental health, community engagement, and advocating for marginalized students at Stanford.

A little about me: At my last college, I was Vice President and then eventual President of the Student Government Association. During my time as a leader in SGA, I was able to get my college a dedicated food pantry as well as ensure that funding for the food pantry come from our student fees and the college's budget. I also advocated for bills that helped young women in college that were sexually assaulted and or harassed have more power over their situations in addition to other concerns for the student body. I'm Latinx (Mexican), Native American, first-gen, United States Army AIRBORNE veteran and a ...

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Antonia Hellman (validated with 100 signatures)

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Henry Liera (validated with 100 signatures)

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Munira Alimire (validated with 100 signatures)

Endorsed by SOCC, FLIP, Fossil Free, and Womxn’s Coalition.

Hey y’all! My name is Munira Alimire and I’m running for Senate to give you the power, resources, and opportunities to empower yourself and create long-lasting change on this campus.

We know the people are what make Stanford the beautiful, wonderful place it can be-however, the wonderful people that we know on this campus are frequently not given the resources they need to thrive- ranging from the treatment of mental health crises on campus to the frequent unintentional marginalization of FLI students. If we want our people to thrive, we must offer solutions to the following:

Issues concerning FLI students

  • Course fees are often prohibitively high and unaffordable

  • Fees related to extracurricular activities prevent students from joining

  • Lack of knowledge and available resources

  • Tokenization of FLI voices

Issues concerning mental health

  • Inadequate CAPS funding

  • Police as first responders ...

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Yaron Sternberg (validated with 100 signatures)

In the past, I have tried my best to hide from student politics at Stanford. However, despite my best efforts, this home I care for so deeply has some serious issues that need to be addressed; I am determined to help solve these issues for our community.

As a Yemenite Jewish student from a FLI background, I am all too familiar with the intersecting struggles many in our community are forced to deal with on a daily basis. As a freshman in SLE, I felt attacked when a visiting lecturer questioned and minimized the Holocaust in front of my class, forcing me to address often unseen issues of anti-Semitism on our campus. I knew I had to respond.

In response, I co-sponsored a bill with current senator Matthew Wigler to address anti-Semitism on campus, opening a conversation about broader efforts to expand diversity sensitivity training. I recognize that there are ...

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Mustafa Khan (validated with 100 signatures)

My objective: A Stanford that is inclusive and all-encompassing for all students, without discrimination. A Senate that is transparent and open, representative and active.

The Senate has, in recent years, found difficulty in maintaining an open relationship with the student body. Minimal Senator retention year-to-year has brought with it decreased retention of institutional knowledge; projects often stall or lose traction, or require incoming Senators to recap ground already previously covered.

After working within the ASSU in various capacities this year, I am running for Senate because I am determined to integrate a bottom-up approach to what is a very much top-down institution. I want to engage the warm, smart, and hardworking students of Stanford directly with the student government they vote into office. I bring with me close cooperation with members of the current Senate as a Senate Associate, a strong sense of serving the student community from my experiences ...

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Eva Davis (validated with 100 signatures)

Hey y'all!

My name's Eva, and I'm so excited to have the opportunity to earn your vote this year. As an ASSU Senator, I want to focus on high impact, achievable reforms that will improve your Stanford experience day to day. Here are some of the issues where I want to make a difference.

Greater Clarity Around Sexual Assault Reporting

Through Stanford Women in Politics, I have had the opportunity to work with incredible faculty like Michele Dauber who are working to make Stanford safe for survivors. However, for many victims of sexual assault, the reporting process is extremely opaque and stressful. Many victims also have personal information shared with administrators and Resident Deans without their consent, which can create additional trauma.

Victims have a right to a clear, fair, accessible method of reporting, as well as to understand the conditions surrounding their decision to report. As ...

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Tim Vrakas (validated with 100 signatures)

I've been heavily involved with the Senate for two years: I've attended senate meetings since freshman fall and am currently an ex-officio member of the 20th Senate, and the proxy for senator Michal Skreta. Together we've worked on several important issues:

  • Recommended a new financial aid policy for summer CPT (career-practical training) for international students
  • Worked with the University to encourage a quota-based printing system
  • Assisted international economics students to receive extended training visas by reclassifying economics under a STEM CIP code

As well as managing the disbursement of 2.2 million dollars of student fees.

Going forward, I'd like to focus on the ASSU funding system. Many student groups are dissatisfied by the ASSU funding process. The root of this problem is the handling of Annual Grants. In just two weeks, the appropriations committee works to approve over 2.2 million dollars of funding for ...

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cass plowman (validated with 100 signatures)

Hey everyone,

I am running for ASSU Senate to bring transparency to Stanford administrative policy, make the Stanford community more inclusive for marginalized groups, and develop more substantive campus political discussion.

Having covered campus politics for Stanford Politics, I've watched important issues like mental health policy, sexual assault reporting, and due process for fraternities raised repeatedly, but with little to no progress made. I am committed to promoting greater awareness of these issues in the Stanford community so that administrators are finally held accountable on these subjects.

If you have any concerns about campus life, or just wanna talk, feel free to reach out to me at cplowman@stanford.edu.

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Jose Sabau (validated with 100 signatures)

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Kobe Hopkins (validated with 100 signatures)



We Should Talk.

@SCR: Are you tired of targeting, attacking, and vilifying people of color? Because we are. Do y'all understand that ethnic-themed dorms and community centers are not "ethnic-nationalistic" hubs who have it out for white people, but are instead crossroads of race and identity that foster the most diversity and interracial contact on campus? (If that had to be said, here it is. Period.)


@FLI_Students: Does having to continuously navigate and disclose your own socioeconomic background with people from the top 1% in order to receive close-to bare minimum support feel emotionally/physically draining for y'all, or is that just me?


@Frosh: How was your cross-the-line experience? I know the feeling of being "on display" and the tokenization of POC/Womxn/Queer/FLI/Minority folks that is far too overlooked in what is meant to be a unifying and community-building activity ...

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Sarah Saboorian (validated with 100 signatures)

Hey! My name is Sarah and I am running for ASSU Senate on a platform that makes student wellbeing a top priority.

As someone who is passionate about making a difference, I am running for senate to do the advocacy work that so excites me. My platform is a clear, concise, and concrete one as my time in working with the Senate Associate Program has shown me that is how change is truly made.


Endorsed by the Students of Color Coalition

Active member of the Senate Associate Program

Through SAP I have been able to learn about how to be the most effective Senator I can possibly be, especially in regards to navigating the proper channels to get student needs and concerns heard by the administration. Furthermore, I have been able to pursue a SAP Advocacy Project of my choosing, mine being the further promotion of Callisto— a project ...

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Jessica Gonzalez (validated with 100 signatures)

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Emily Elliott (validated with 100 signatures)

Hi my name is Emily Elliott and I'm excited to be running for Senate!

A little bit about me: I am Korean and native Chinook from the Columbia River. I am from San Diego, California (so-cal!!) and I'm a dancer (in Alliance!). I am a freshman living in Larkin (#LarkinLove) and I'm interested in studying earth systems and Native American studies. I am also involved in the Native community on campus as a member of the Stanford American Indian Organization and the Powwow planning committee.

As one of your candidates for Senate here are some of my priorities:

1.) Engaging community centers and empowering these community spaces

As an active part of the Native community on campus I have found community spaces to be so important and helpful, so I want to make more conversations within freshman dorms to integrate students into these sooner. I think that ...

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Veronica Ayala (validated with 100 signatures)

Hello! My name is Veronica Ayala and I am running for ASSU Senate.

Stanford is far from the ideal institution it claims to be. The administration often falls short in fixing the problems on this campus, let alone hearing what we have to say. This institution fails to recognize that many of their students are members of marginalized groups that are constantly targeted on campus.

• While there has been much progress with the support given to FLI (first generation and/or low income) students, we are not given the all of the necessary resources to thrive.

• Students are not given the mental health resources they desperately need.

• “student organizations,” particularly SCR, continue to generate hostility among students by inviting anti-semitic and racist speakers.

I believe these problems mentioned have no place here on this campus. I absolutely believe that we can make a difference.

It will be difficult to solve ...

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Jack Chapman (validated with 100 signatures)

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Richard Coca (validated with 100 signatures)

Hi hi hi, For those of you who I haven’t gotten around to meet, my name is Richard, but you can call me Rich. I am running for the undergraduate Senate to ultimately represent you. If you haven’t met me yet, then you should know that I am one of many individuals who genuinely love Stanford. Not a day goes by that I don’t consider how lucky I am to be surrounded by individuals like you. Similarly, not a day goes by that I am reminded that Stanford could be doing so much better. In my short time being here, several issues have come to my attention. You’ll find that several of these issues are what my campaign hopes to address. As a senator, I would be your advocate and I currently hoping to advocate for you on behalf of the following issues:

Marginalization of first-gen ...

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Kayla Williams (validated with 100 signatures)

Hey friends!

My name is Kayla Williams and I'm running for Undergraduate Senate to ensure that you are being heard, represented, and advocated for in the decision making process that affects your experience here the most.

Many are going to make promises to be an extension of you on Senate, but TALK IS CHEAP. You should vote for the those who are prepared to back it up, and anyone who knows me knows that I am all about action.

Consider me if you'd like to see

  • an increase in the accessibility of information surrounding available financial resources for students.

  • the removal/ limiting of financial barriers to courses.

-comprehensive plans to respond to hostile social climates without infringing on one's freedom of speech.

-mental health resources that adequately respond to the stresses that accompany attendance at an elite institution like ours.

-allocation of funds toward speakers and events ...

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Ricky Grannis-Vu (validated with 100 signatures)


  • I support making it easier to waive ASSU fees. Currently, it’s difficult to find out how to waive ASSU fees and by what deadline.
  • I support more communication and leniency in allocating funds to student groups. Many student groups this year received significantly less funding than in years past, leading to cutbacks in their organizations' work, because of miscommunication about funding deadlines.
  • I support publicizing the time and location of ASSU meetings and actively inviting students and faculty members to sit it on them. Right now, ASSU meetings are only reported after they occur through the Stanford Daily and, due to article word count limits, the entire event can’t be reproduced in the articles.
  • On that note, I support delegating a duration of time of ASSU meetings to hearing suggestions and taking questions from students and faculty members who attend the meetings.
  • I support greater communication between ...
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Micheal Brown (validated with 100 signatures)

Hey y'all,

My name is Micheal Brown, and I want to bring the Senate "back to the basics."

I am running for a place on the Undergraduate Senate because I believe that there are a few issues for students, which, if remedied, would improve student life at Stanford. I want to be a part of the solution; I want to work so that every Stanford student can have a positive experience. What I’ve learned in my time here is that so much more unites the Stanford student body than divides us. I want to be a Senator who represents every single Stanford student, regardless of our differences; that’s including you!

My candidacy is characterized by exuberance and competence. One of my most significant on-campus commitments is as an ex-oficio Senate member in the Senate Associate Program (SAP), where I spend time going to Senate meetings and meeting ...

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Nandini Naidu (validated with 100 signatures)

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Muhammad Khattak (validated with 100 signatures)

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Martin Altenburg (validated with 100 signatures)

Hi everyone!

My name is Martin Altenburg and I am running for re-election for Stanford’s Undergraduate Senate. I am passionate about academic accessibility, extracurricular accessibility, ASSU transparency, and advocacy efforts across campus. I am excited to run for a second term with the hope of bridging institutional knowledge between this year’s senate and next year’s.

My platform both continues the work I have been able to accomplish with the ASSU senate this year, along with new ideas and initiatives going into next year.


-Over this fall and winter, I was able to publish a new Student Activities Directory (created with the help of Mustafa Khan) to help guide frosh and other Stanford students through the myriad of opportunities available on campus. This spring, I am focusing on working with NSO staff to make this resources available to incoming frosh next year. My goal is to help students ...

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Jonathan Lipman (validated with 100 signatures)

Hi! I’m Jonathan and I’m excited to be running for senate.

You can find my full platform here

I’m running on a platform of pragmatic and commonsense changes that will improve the Stanford student experience for those who are struggling the most on a day to day basis.

Core Issues:

  • Uplift Minority Student Voices During Decision Making
  • Increase Support for CAPS
  • Reform ASSU Funding Policies
  • Ban Student Course Fees and Always Provide No Questions Asked Financial Aid For Extracurriculars
  • Support for the Disability Community
  • Promote Environmental Justice
  • Engage in Partnership between ASSU and Administration
  • Title IX, Sexual Assault, and Relationship Violence

I currently serve on the Stanford Student Enterprises’ Board of Directors (SSE is the financial arm of the ASSU), the Academic Senate Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policies (where I’ve been a strong advocate for minority and traditionally overlooked populations at Stanford), and I’m ...

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Shouryaman Saha (validated with 100 signatures)



I love Stanford. I don't think I've ever loved anything that deeply before (minus parents, dog, that sort of thing). But I do think there are a number of inherent flaws in our school that we must address immediately, and I believe my platform will best serve to improve the undergraduate experience. I will strive to achieve accessibility for everyone, in all its forms. I’ve divided my policy proposals into four parts for ease and clarity:

Educational Accessibility: One of the most prominent complaints I’ve heard from students is the falsehood of allegedly “frosh-friendly” opportunities. Personally, I have definitely experienced the anxiety of finding a summer job and know that most students feel the same way as Spring Quarter rolls around. Handshake is decidedly useless – my friends and I have applied to countless “frosh-friendly” jobs both on- and off-campus to no avail ...

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Anthony Duarte (validated with 100 signatures)

Hello Friends! :)

My name's Anthony Duarte and I am excited to make Stanford your H.O.M.E., with the support of the Student's of Color Coalition.

H: Health.

  • Menstrual Health: FREE MENSTRUAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS! (I mean come on, it's time).

  • Mental Health: INCREASED ACCESS AND FUNDING TO CAPS! (particularly for students of color that may feel a lack of cultural sensitivity)

O: Opportunity

  • Expand FLI Opportunities

  • Increase Disability Access and have a Disability Community Center

  • Increased funding for Community Centers

M: Management

  • Transparency between Administration and the Student Body

  • Transparency between ASSU and the Student Body

E: Environment

  • Divest the endowment from Fossil Fuels

  • Reduce carbon footprint from students traveling to the airport by providing shuttle services

  • Include Scope 3 Emissions (indirect emissions from transportation) in our carbon neutrality goals

  • Decrease (or discontinue) the campus-wide consumption of single-use plastics

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