Carmel Gutherz for Senate

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Platforms:

A. Transfer Inclusivity and Visibility

1. Inclusivity: Changing the campus administrative dialogue to be

inclusive of transfers in all policy-making [academic, student

services, residential, financial], which implicitly includes re-entry

students, student with dependents, veterans, and spring admits.

It also means pushing administrators to pay special attention to

the needs of our populations: identity-based communities and

students with disabilities.

 

2. Visibility: Working to create visible communities for transfers.

Because when students see and acknowledge they have a

community, they are more likely to feel supported and succeed

academically. This would be an initiative to get all ASUC Transfer

Senators, RTSA and the Transfer Center to have a greater Sproul

presence, and that any potential ASUC Transfer Senators actively

outreach to incoming and continuing students for staffing their

offices.

 

B. Basic Needs

 

1. Housing: Working with administration to fine-tune the

forthcoming transfer housing pilot program. I want to continue to

push them to expand the program to accommodate more

students, with a vision of a facility that is created for transfer

students exclusively.

2. Commuter Initiative*: A huge portion of transfer students are

commuter students. This is symptomatic of the larger Berkeley

housing crisis where low-income students are forced to live

farther and farther from campus. Often working several jobs to go

to school, commuter students are missing out on opportunities

for community engagement, career development and academic

success which are enjoyed by those who live in Berkeley. I would

be proposing to offer all pell-grant eligible students a discounted,

or free parking pass to mitigate the struggles commuters face.

*Extend to grad students

3. Expanding the Health Opportunity Fund*: $100 is not enough to

cover out of pocket costs at Tang for low-income students. While

federal and state aid may cover the cost of SHIP, students are

responsible for paying for out of pocket costs for services at Tang.

For low-income students with chronic illnesses or serious

medical issues, a barrier to wellness is also a barrier to academic

success. *Extend to grad students

 

C. Disabled Students’ Representation

 

1. Vetting ASUC Policy: Acting as a voice for the needs and concerns

of the disabled student populations on campus, I am committed

to vetting ASUC Senate Bills and other related policy for

accessibility.

 

2. Test Proctoring Facility: DSP is expanding exponentially each

academic year. Much of this growth is the flux of students with

learning disabilities joining the program. With no facility for test

proctoring, DSP regularly turns away students who are in need of

extended and reduced distraction accommodations. My goal is to

work with DSP, ASUC and the administration to resolve this

problem and promote real academic equity for students with

disabilities.