Hello Golden Bears!
UC Berkeley’s history of advocacy, community organizing, and student activism are what inspire me every day on this campus. As External Affairs Vice President, I hope to channel our incredible history and our current students’ passion to promote positive change: like reinvestment in higher education and revitalizing our local community.
The Office of the External Affairs Vice President seeks to represent the student body at the local, state, national, and international levels. This year, our office will be working on a variety of different projects and initiatives that seek to improve UC Berkeley’s relationship with the community and our elected officials as well as work to empower the student voice on every level of government to create positive social change. Example projects that we will be working on are advocacy through lobbying visits, speaker forums to engage students with legislators policymakers, city initiatives like redistricting, safety, and community engagement, and international policy and service forums.
This year is an incredible opportunity for students to make our voice heard, and I promise that this year, the EAVP office will work as a microphone, to make the student voice loud and clear.
Safeena Leila Mecklai
ASUC External Affairs Vice President 2013-2014
Chief of Staff: Ayesha Bhardwaj
Chief of Staff E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Our City, Our Choice
Students compose 25% of the city of Berkeley, but we have zero representation on the city council. As EAVP, I will ensure that we get a student elected to the council so that students have a voice in issues related to neighborhood safety, housing and fair rent pricing, economic development strategy, and affordable parking. I will also work to institutionalize and grow internships, permanent positions, and student involvement in every level of city government.
2. Expanding and Redefining External Affairs
UC Berkeley is the number one public university in the world, not just the nation. As EAVP, I will create an International Affairs Department in the ASUC that will host forums on specific issues that are happening worldwide to raise awareness. I will then translate students’ passion into action through partnerships and opportunities for students to get involved with Cal Corps, student groups, campus departments, and off-campus organizations to create a positive impact around the world.
3. Empower the Student Voice Through Action
In 2012, I led a team to register 8,571 students to vote. I will continue to empower students through expanded voter registration in the Residence Halls so that every student on campus who is eligible to vote is registered to do so. Concurrently, I will work tirelessly to get a second voting student Regent on the Board of Regents. Finally, I will increase the frequency of lobby visits to Sacramento and DC, and work to bring elected officials to campus and hold them accountable to students.