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Purpose

The University-Student Union Board of Directors is the governing board for the Student Union comprised of faculty, staff, and eight elected student leaders. The Student Directors represent their fellow students, build relationships with individuals across campus, and enact the mission of the Student Union and help to make the University-Student Union the best it can be!

Events

Student Leader Election Voting

Tuesday, May 5 | Wednesday , May 6 | 8 AM - 7 PM

Use your phone, tablet or computer to vote for the University-Student Union Board of Directors and Associated Students, Inc. candidates. My.calstatela.edu (GET app).

Student Leader Election: Results Reaveal

Thursday, May 7th

Meet your incoming elected leaders on the University-Student Union Board of Directors and Associated Students, Inc.! The election results will be shared as we celebrate with food and festivities!

Meet The Candidates

Abigail Guzman-Lopez

Abigail Guzman-Lopez

I find myself more attracted to potentially becoming a Committee member because I believe I am a good representation of what the CSULA campus strives for in diversity and equality opportunities for all. I find it to be essential that the people who represent us in order to do so properly must share a common trait.

Alexander Goddard

Alexander Goddard

As a U-SU Board Member, I will make it my mission to serve my community by listening to, engaging with, and building a stronger, inclusive environment for everyone. While working towards my General Sociology degree at Cal State LA, I gained a deep interest and knowledge base in the benefits of societal inclusivity. There are plenty of small and large steps the U-SU Board can make to ensure all students feel they have the opportunity to be involved as an important piece in our school makeup. For example, having a multitude of programs, speakers, and events throughout the school year is an excellent way to bond and learn together. While it’s important to hold these events, it is equally as important to make sure people are aware of and feel comfortable attending these events. With plenty more ideas and a good ear for active listening, I am confident that I would be an assiduous choice to better our community.

Alyssa S Wong

Alyssa S Wong

There are many contributing reasons as to why I am interested in serving as a U-SU Board Member and Committee Member. To begin, ever since I started attending Cal State LA, I’ve felt a need to explore various experiences and leadership opportunities. Upon hearing about the experience of being a U-SU Board member, it was definitely something that had caught my attention and would allow me to be the voice of students, peers, faculty, the University Student Union, and the Cal State LA community alike. Looking back, most of the events that I’ve attended so far on campus have been hosted by the Cross Cultural Center, Center for Student Involvement, and various other departments located in the U-SU. These events have allowed me to become a more active student on campus and a more engaged member of my community. In effect, I have gained a true passion of wanting to represent these organizations that have helped shaped my college experience thus far. Therefore, I ran in the election last year and now currently serve as a U-SU Board of Director and Nominating Committee Chairperson. This experience has allowed me to help strengthen the positive relationship between the U-SU and community alike by reaching out and connecting with Cal State LA students and faculty to ensure their voices were heard. By communicating with various individuals, I was able to gain further insight on how I can help make their higher education experience here more impactful. This positive experience has encouraged me to have a desire to serve again as a Board member.

Anakaren Smith

Anakaren Smith

I am in the U-SU Board member position, because I think it would be a great opportunity to experience this. I also think it would help me to learn a lot from other people, and perhaps others may also learn a thing or two from me as well. Ultimately, I believe working in something like this would benefit me and possibly prepare me for real life. I also would like to consider myself to be a good addition too, because I get along well with others, I enjoy solving problems, etc.

   Andy Brian Damas

Andy Brian Damas

The main reason why I am interested in serving as a U-SU Board member is to establish a better relationship with my peers at Cal State LA. I want to create opportunities for my classmates and build a strong network, as well. I have always wanted to do something positive for my peers, and this is a great opportunity to do so.

 Booker Dean Harrap

Booker Dean Harrap

I’m proud to be earning my Bachelor’s degree at Cal State Los Angeles. As a grateful recipient of assistance to further my education and career, I have a natural desire to be of service to this institution, to help it be the best that it can be. I realize that the quality of an institution depends on the individuals within who contribute to its success, and I want to do my part for CSULA and, via extension, the world. With regards to what I have to offer, an ability to distill complicated problems to the essential components, and communicate this understanding effectively and simply is probably my strongest asset. I also understand the importance of all voices being heard, and feeling like they are being heard–an understanding I try to bring to each situation in my life requiring negotiation and cooperation. On a more practical note, I’m very interested in gaining experience being a member of a governing body, learning the skills necessary, and developing a network with other professionals.

 Charles M Metzler-Winslow

Charles M Metzler-Winslow

I am passionate about effective, empathetic, and growth-oriented leadership and I am eager to serve the Cal State LA community.

David Huang

David Huang

I am interested in this position because I love the challenge of integrating my multicultural background into the Student Union comprised of faculty, staff, and other student leaders. I would make it my personal goal to show a positive outcome. Furthermore, in the position listing, it is stated that there are opportunities to improve my leadership and communication skills. As a firm believer, communication is the key factor between people; this would also be a great platform for me to practice my skills, gain more experiences, at the same time, influencing others. Moreover, I value the University’s goal to make the University Student Union the best it can be. As a current undergraduate on this campus, it is my duty to contribute to the Student Union when I possess the abilities to further refine this organization.

Dolores Natalia Rodriguez

Dolores Natalia Rodriguez

The past year and a half at Cal State LA I have been mostly dedicating my time to my school work and home life. My mom has had breast cancer for about two years and has recently finished chemo and radiation. Her struggle with breast cancer has caused me to take a more active role at home. I have had to step up by cooking, cleaning, taking care of my mom, and driving my little brother to and from school or practice. However, I am excited and actively looking for opportunities to become a leader at Cal State LA. I believe that I do well in leadership positions and I feel that being a part of the U-SU Board will allow me to grow as a person and refine my leadership skills. I also want to make new friendships that motivate and push each other toward our goals. In addition, I want to become more a part of my campus by creating events, giving back my time and ideas, motivating other students, and inspiring others to become more involved in our campus.

Jasmine Monique Parker

Jasmine Monique Parker

I'm interested gaining leadership skills, community engagement opportunities, creating long lasting relationships and most importantly being able to be a voice and advocate for others as well as myself.

 Jay V Joshi

Jay V Joshi

I think that my previous knowledge of managerial work and IT will help me to work efficiently on the U-SU Board of Directors and will also help me increase my knowledge and experience with the same.

Jaycen Allan Mitchell

Jaycen Allan Mitchell

I wish to continue to contribute to the Cal State LA culture and improve our campus community. The U-SU is essential to student life here and is home to the very groups that make our school special.

Jennifer Diana Benitez Portillo

Jennifer Diana Benitez Portillo

The USU board overseas the functions of the USU-Board as well as the budget. They include student voices to ensure that they are able to have student centered programming and events. I am interested in both serving my students and campus by ensuring responsible decision making that uplifts the voices of my peers, while also taking information and knowledge back to the student body so they feel like they too have a seat at the table. My goal in life is to teach elementary school students, specifically third grade, I believe that the USU-Board would provide me with crucial leadership skills that I can apply to my future endeavors. I wish to one day be able to make a substantial difference in our K-8 educational system. I believe that the tools and experience I gain while serving on the USU-Board will allow me to fully realize my career aspirations and potential.

Jose Omar Miranda Cruz

Jose Omar Miranda Cruz

My favorite part of the U-SU is Xtreme Fitness. Not just because I get it’s related to fitness which is also my passion. I’d like to be a member of the board so I will have to the opportunity to find who I am as person, by interacting with people of different culture beliefs, and backgrounds.

Julianna Zavalao

Julianna Zavala

Serving as a U-SU Board Committee Member would enable me to build relationships with individuals across campus and honorably represent fellow students. In addition, I am interested in strengthening my leadership and communication skills. Becoming a U-SU Board Committee Member would allow me the opportunity to share students' concerns, ideas, and interests in a respectable and eloquent manner. Furthermore, the opportunity to become a Committee Member would give me the rare chance to positively affect change for the benefit of the student body. As a student who has undergone the highs and lows of an academic career, I believe these experiences have enriched me to extend a sense of confidence, humility, and reverence to my fellow students and faculty.

Karen Lizbeth Marin

Karen Lizbeth Marin

I like to help and support people that's how I chose my major. My major is about helping people. I want to support and help my fellow students. The U-SU does so much like advocate and support student development at Cal State LA. I want to help students in their college journey that's why I want to join the U-SU Board.

Korale Lee Xavage

Korale Lee Xavage

I am interested in continuing to learn about the community at the University Student Union. I have been active due to my understanding of its importance as a hub for student engagement on our campus. I would like to understand more of its processes and have a say in its allocation of resources.

Lesly E Lopez

Lesly E Lopez

I want to serve as U- SU Board Committee Member so that I can be more involved in the school. I want to really put myself out there and meet new people so that I can connect to the Cal State LA community better. I think being a part of the board will let me step out of my comfort zone. I want to be able to have a say in the things that go on at Cal State LA. I could bring ideas to the table and help out. I enjoy trying new things and meeting new people, being a part of the board will bring me benefits. I get to be part of a club and be of service to keep myself busy and productive and even allow me to express my creative ideas somewhere they might matter.

Magdalene Ebenezer

Magdalene Ebenezer

I am interested in the opportunity to expand my experience in leadership. I am grateful for the benefits, provided by the U-SU, that I was able to avail and would like to be part of a community that works toward improving the student life at the university.

Maria Cristina Serrano

Maria Cristina Serrano

I am interested in the position because I want to help out more within my community. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, but I wish to pursue better communication skills and relations with the many students that attend Cal State LA. I hope to expand my knowledge by learning about what other students' interests and opinions, as well as getting to know the faculty members that work hard to keep the university thriving. Admittedly, I didn't spent a lot of time in the past getting involved within my community, but I hope to seek that opportunity here, just like my sister, who helps out within Highland Park. I'll seek out methods to help students, alumni, and faculty receive benefits and encourage them to expand their social circle and to not be afraid to voice their opinions on how Cal State LA can continue to prosper.

Mariana Torres

Mariana Torres

The beginning of my first year here was really scary, because for the first time in my life I was completely independent. So one day on my break i had come to the U-SU to check it out. This is where I found a group of who are now probably some of the most important people in my life. It’s also where I first got involved with the school on more than just an academic level. I signed up and got accepted to what was then called LeaderShape, now Emerging Leaders Program, and was able to connect with most of the coordinators for the CCC and the CSI office. I spend so much time in the U-SU I figured why not become more involved to try to find a way to make it so that other students are able to hopefully get the same positive experience that I did.

Nora V Vasquez

Nora V Vasquez

I am interested in serving as a U-SU board or U-SU Committee Member mainly for growth opportunities. I consider myself a very conservative person and I want to be able to change that. I would love to put myself out there more by creating new influences with other students and faculty members and even have some sort of connection with the school, itself, as well. On top of that, I would like to improve my leadership and communication skills and being a member of the committee will be able to open new doors for me.

Oluwamayowa E Adesoye

Oluwamayowa E Adesoye

I am interested in serving as a US-U Board member because I want to be a voice for students in whom their voices are not being heard. I have innovative ideas that I would love to share and see executed.

Savannah A Salazar

Savannah A Salazar

I am interested in being part of the U-SU Board because of the opportunities. I will have the opportunity to represent my fellow classmates and voice their opinions and/or concerns. I can bring new ideas to the U-SU board’s attention that can help improve our campus life and get more students involved on campus. I feel this experience will prepare me for future job opportunities and will help strengthen my communication skills which I will use to succeed in my major.

Savannah Brieza Rodriguez

Savannah Brieza Rodriguez

I am interested in serving because I would like to become more involved in my Cal State LA community. With a position like this, I would not only become more involved in my Cal State LA's community but I would also be able to learn new leadership skills as well as put my leadership skills in effect. I would be able to be the voice for the students on campus and let their voices be represented through me. In this position, I will be able to communicate effectively with my fellow members along with the students on campus. I look forward to being able to get more involved in my school's community.


                      Sydnee Law

Sydnee Law

I am striving to serve as a U-SU Board Member because I have always been interested in being a part of a group of individuals interested in making a difference. From my previous leadership roles I am confident to say that I have much experience in problem solving, collaborative working, and building relationships. I believe this position will allow me to further strengthen my leadership skills and relations.

Vanessa Pacheco

Vanessa Pacheco

I am interested in being a part of the U-SU Board Committee for many reasons. One, I would like to be more involved on campus! Second the U-SU Board voices concerns that the CSULA student body has, therefore I believe that my easy approach will allow me to gain more student information to the rest of you. I have already heard many suggestions on how to improve student life here on campus, and the environment as a whole. Third, being a part of a special community like the U-SU Board Committee will bring new insight and enhance my experience into becoming a better person.

Election Results

2020 University-Student Union Board of Directors Elections Results I would like to announce the results of the 2020 University-Student Union Board of Directors Election.

  • Voting for the U-SU Board of Directors Election took place as part of the joint Student Leader Elections process over two days starting on Tuesday, May 5th through Wednesday, May 6th, 2020.
  • 935 students cast valid ballots electronically via the Golden Eagle Territory (GET) system.
  • A total of 740 students voted for the University-Student Union Board of Directors Candidates.
  • The election was closed at 7 pm on Wednesday, May 6th, 2020.
  • General Election Ballots result reporting took place at 9:00am on Thursday, May 7th, 2020.
  • This year there were 25 candidates for the University-Student Union Board of Directors positions, the highest number of candidates we’ve had run to date.
  • The board is comprised of eight student representatives. I will of the read each candidate’s name and the number of votes received. Then, I will read the names eight students elected to the Board of Directors.
  1. Abigail Guzman-Lopez received 129 votes
  2. Alexander Goddard received 128 votes
  3. Alyssa Wong received 268 votes Andy
  4. Adam Damas received 74 votes
  5. Booker Harrap received 84 votes
  6. Charles Metzler-Winslow received 91 votes
  7. David Huang received 151 votes
  8. Dolores Rodriguez received 211 votes
  9. Jasmine Parker received 106 votes
  10. Jay Joshi received 107 votes
  11. Jaycen Mitchell received 131 votes
  12. Jennifer Benitez Portillo received 178 votes
  13. Jose Miranda Cruz received 183 votes
  14. Julianna Zavala received 129 votes
  15. Karen Marin received 72 votes
  16. Koralen Xavage received 92 votes
  17. Lesly Lopez received 142 votes
  18. Maria Serrano received 158 votes
  19. Mariana Torres received 159 votes
  20. Nora Vasquez received 109 votes
  21. Oluwamayowa Adesoye received 130 votes
  22. Savannah Rodriguez received 114 votes
  23. Savannah Salazar received 138 votes
  24. Sydnee Law 178 received votes
  25. Vanessa Pacheco received 174 votes

The following individuals have been elected to the University-Student Union Board for the 2020-2021 academic year:

  1. Alyssa Wong
  2. Dolores Rodriguez
  3. Jose Miranda Cruz
  4. Jennifer Benitez Portillo
  5. Sydnee Law
  6. Vanessa Pacheco
  7. Mariana Torres
  8. Maria Serrano

On behalf of the University-Student Union, I’d like to thank all of candidates for their enthusiasm and commitment to enhancing student involvement at Cal State LA. Many people on campus contributed time and ingenuity to support the Student Leader Elections process. We thank them for their contributions.

How to vote

Log in to calstatela.edu

Click on MyCalStateLA
Enter network Credentials

(If you were enrolled in DUO authentication... Follow instructions to complete the DUO authentication process)

Click on CalState LA Elections menu item below.

This brings to Voting Options below.

Click on CalStateLA Voting Summary page:

For more information on the Candidates and their platforms click on the link below. This link takes you to the ASI Website.

Once ready to Vote, Click on the office you would like to Vote. If you would like to vote for President office, Click on the hyperlink President. This will take you to the screen below which brings the candidates competing for the office of President.

Once you click on the Elect button next to the candidate that you would like to vote

Then click on the Vote button. Voting status will change from Not Voted to Voted

Repeat the process for all the offices that have candidates for election. Once voted you will not be able to change the selection. So Click on the vote button only after finalizing your choice.
You should be able to choose representative for your college.
Example: If you are student of College of Natural and Social Sciences then you will be able to vote for the representative from your college.

BOD Elections:
There are eight open positions for this office. You can elect and vote up to 8 Candidates.

If you vote for more than 8 candidates you will get an error message like this.

If you elect no candidates and try to submit your vote… you will get the following message.

Elections are open from 05/05/2020 8 AM through 05/06/2020 7PM.

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