Why are you seeking this position?
I’m seeking this position because I’ve always been passionate about helping people wherever I am. Since I’m at college now, my surroundings are students and so it’s natural for me to want to help students in any way I can. The ways I see I can is through participating in student government, clubs or any student leadership positions. Academic Affairs is the biggest one here, because we’re all here to succeed academically.
What do you think is the role of the VP for Academic Affairs?
I think the role of VP for Academic Affairs is to kind of facilitate the academic success of students here on campus and to do that by communicating the issues of the students to the staff, and communicating the concerns of the staff to the students – kind of creating that bridge between students and staff.
What is one issue affecting students that you would like to focus on or work on next year?
I know a big issue - for me right now at least - is the lack of academic advisors available, especially coming as a student of color. There’s not really any academic advisors catered to my specific needs. And that goes along with first generation students, transfer students and students in general. There needs to be more catering of academic support to these students.
During my three years at Western I have had the chance to participate in campus events such as Viking Lobby Day, Back to Bellingham, and Western Preview; while also taking on multiple leadership positions within AS clubs. These experiences afforded me the opportunity to gain knowledge about the student body and student issues here at Western.
Also during this time, it has been made increasingly clear to me that only a small percentage of the student body are knowledgeable about student issues, on and off campus. Therefore, my main objective, if elected, will be to raise student awareness of the problems directly and indirectly facing them today. In doing so, students will have a heightened concern for the issues pertaining to the campus and themselves while simultaneously giving voice to the issues at hand. Awareness begets change. And students do have the power to facilitate it.