Why are you seeking this position?
I am seeking the position of AS Vice President for Governmental Affairs because of my knowledge, experience and passion for advocacy work, organizing and lobbying. Western is seeing an increase in the number of students getting civically engaged on campus and I want to continue this trend. I want to build up the progress that the past VP for Gov. Affairs have done.
Next year, I want to organize even more students to attend Viking Lobby Day, I want Western to once again hold the largest voter registration drive done in the state by any public university.
I want to have more issue-specific lobbies for students and I also want to increase the amount of students we send to Washington D.C. to lobby on behalf of students at the federal level. I want all students to know that they have the voice and the power to create real change.
What do you think is the role of the VP for Student Life?
I think the role for the VP of Governmental Affairs is to represent Western students at the local, state and federal level. But the role of the VP for Gov. Affairs is not just limited to being a representative of Western, it also includes making sure students realize that they have a voice and that they can create real change.
The VP for Gov. Affairs could go down to Olympia and lobby on behalf of Western students but it doesn’t add a lot to the student movement if it’s just them in the room, it would add so much more if they had hundreds of students to join them.
The role of VP for Gov. Affairs is to build the student movement and to make sure students have the tools they need to be successful and having their voice is being heard in the decisions that most greatly affect them.
What is one issue affecting students that you would like to focus on or work on next year?
It’s really hard to just pick one issue, there are so many things that affect students’ lives: tuition prices, skyrocketing student debt, rental safety, voter access, the list can go on and on, but something I really want to focus on next year is securing the funding for Carver Academic Facility.
Funding for Carver Academic Facility is something that the students lobbied on for this past year and it’s something I’m hoping to continue. In the 2015 Legislative session I really want to increase the amount of students that are from the Physical Education Health and Recreation Department, that’s the department that is housed in Carver. I want more students to be able to go down to Olympia and share the experiences they’ve had in those classrooms in Carver.
Carver isn’t just a gym, it is also a classroom and it desperately needs renovations. All students should have access to a safe learning environment.
I am running for this position because of my knowledge, experience, and passion for advocacy work. As the Western Votes President I have organized and mobilized students to participate in the political process, collaborated with the AS Representation and Engagement Programs Office to hold one of the largest voter registrations drives in the state, and lobbied at the state and federal level. As the AS Committee Coordinator I have worked to ensure that student’s voices are being heard in the AS and the University decision making process.
Next year I want to: Secure funding for Carver Academic Facility, make college affordable to students while preventing cuts to higher education and increase student representation at a local, state, and federal level.
I want all students to know that they have the voice and the power to create real change.