ASUC Will Bridge Gap With UC Berkeley Students

Jesse Gabriel is the ASUC president. Respond at [email protected].





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For 118 years the ASUC president has served as the chief representative of the student body. The president's vision determines the direction of ASUC and must provide leadership both to ASUC officials as well as all of the students on the UC Berkeley campus. While the vice presidents must focus on specific issues, it is the president's job to monitor the overall well being of ASUC.

This job description provides the president with much discretion in setting an agenda and much opportunity to affect tangible change to the benefit of students. My agenda, which I hope will set precedence for future presidents, is encompassed by five broad objectives that my administration will accomplish.

My first goal is to build a bridge between students and ASUC. Too many students on this campus do not know about ASUC or its services. I want to reach out to students so that they feel personally connected to ASUC. In order to foster such connections, my administration will be conducting comprehensive outreach efforts that will involve new mediums such as e-mail and the Internet.

More importantly, however, these outreach efforts will involve ASUC officials speaking to students and listening to their concerns so that ASUC will become more responsive.

My second major goal is to bridge the gap between students of diverse backgrounds. I have always maintained that at UC Berkeley our diversity is our greatest strength. I believe that we must embrace this campus's unique cultural, ethnic, racial, religious and intellectual diversity and more fully integrate our campus so that we may all learn from each other through positive and mutually beneficial interactions.

My administration will be working to develop programs, and will also assist students who wish to develop their own projects that help promote understanding and appreciation of different cultures. My larger goal this year is to raise the level of campus dialogue so that as students we can learn from our classmates by interacting at issues forums that will bring diverse communities together.

I am also aware of the fact that we do not exist independent of the larger world we inhabit. Rather, I believe that as UC Berkeley students, it is our responsibility as future leaders to take an active role in our community. For this reason, the third goal of my administration is to build a bridge between the student body and the surrounding community. This connection will help students enrich the quality of their educational experience while at the same time help affect positive change in a meaningful way.

My administration will work to strengthen and better publicize Cal Corps and other volunteer organizations so that students will have greater opportunities to become involved in public service.

The fourth goal of my administration is to strengthen the relationship between the university and ASUC so that ASUC can remain as an advocate for students and effectively represent the student perspective to the university. To ensure that the student perspective is always considered when important decisions are being made, my administration is working with university officials to increase student representation on important campus committees. I believe that such representation is crucial if we hope to affect change.

The final goal of my administration is to bridge the internal divisions within ASUC so that it will be more effective in serving students. To help encourage this process I have created the first ever ASUC President's Cabinet to help facilitate communication and cooperation between the five executive branch offices. It is my hope that a fully coordinated ASUC will be able to produce more tangible results for students.

I believe strongly that my agenda is one that will allow ASUC to live up to its tremendous potential. I am confident that my administration will be successful in building the bridges that will help students get more out of their UC Berkeley experiences while empowering them to affect positive change on campus and in the community.

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