The Associated Students of the University of California, Riverside serve to represent the students and address their needs and concerns. This year’s elections will see the student body electing a new set of students to hold office and the voting period will occur from Apr. 18 to Apr. 22. The goal of this particular guide is to give students an opportunity to learn more about who is running for office in order to make an informed decision when voting. We at the Highlander wish each and every candidate the best of luck with this year’s election and urge students to vote in order to get their voice heard.

Executive Cabinet:

In ASUCR, the Executive Branch is also known as the ‘Executive Cabinet’ or ‘ECAB’ for short.. The Executive Cabinet is a representative body composed of five Executive Officers and six non-voting Directors, who are elected by the student body At-Large. 

Candidates for Executive President of UCR:


Mufida Assaf:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Catalyst
  2. For
  3. Change

“Hello, Highlanders! My name is Mufida Assaf, and I am running to be your next President. As we continue to overcome COVID, it has never been more vital to ensure that student voices are represented at the decision-making table. As a former CHASS Senator and your current Executive Vice President, I successfully secured racial equity training for UCR stakeholders, COVID-safe access to classes for all students, and more funding for student organizations. As President, I will ensure that our voices are heard by persistently communicating with administration and guaranteeing responses that will adhere to our needs as students. With your support, I will expand access to critical mental health and food resources, fight for more affordable parking options for our student commuters, and continue advocating for our marginalized students. I vow to put student interests first and empower all Highlanders!”


Sean Rogan Nguyen:

Courtesy of ASUCR


  1. Are
  2. UCR!

“Hello Highlanders! My name is Sean Nguyen and I am running to be your next ASUCR President. As a former Executive Fellow, Personnel Director, and now Executive Secretary to ASUCR President William Wang, I have consistently been involved in student advocacy, programming, and initiatives. In this year alone, I have chaired ASUCR’s response to COVID-19. I have secured over $15,000 dollars dedicated to providing direct PPE to students, including the disbursement of over 5000 masks and hand sanitizers. My main goal as our next President is to ensure that all students’ voices are listened to and heard. I am confident in my ability to ensure that ASUCR becomes the organization it was meant to be. R’ community has shown me that being a student is not a universal term; recognizing our differences is our greatest strength. It would be an honor to have your vote. We are UCR!”


Rachel Paredes:

Courtesy of Rachel Paredes
  1. Integrity
  2. Representation
  3. Equity

“Born in Downey, California to two hispanic immigrants, I was named Rachel Juliana Paredes. Growing up, my parents provided me with a beautiful culture and showed me that having a spirit of perseverance and a value of resilience is necessary for the achievement of personal goals. The appreciation I have for the opportunities UCR has given me has motivated me to give back to the Highlander community in the form of advocacy and representation within ASUCR as one of your CNAS Senators. During my term, I’ve held a food drive with the R’Pantry to help address basic needs issues, written legislation urging the improvement of sexual assault resources on campus, and co-authored the petition advocating for remote learning options. If elected President, I aim to hold UCR administration officials accountable and push for the interests of students by listening to your voices through the legislative branch. Highlanders, we got this!”

Candidates for Executive Vice President:


Wallace Fang:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Highlanders
  2. As
  3. One

“Hello Highlanders! My name is Wallace Fang and I am running to be your next Executive Vice President! As a former Senate Intern and the Marketing and Promotions Director this past year, I have been able to talk to students one on one and gather valuable insight on the problems that students have faced in the midst of the pandemic. If elected, I will ensure that student needs will be heard and met by the administration of UCR. However, I can’t do that without your help. At the end of the day, student needs can only be met if they know that ASUCR is a resource for students to use. This can only be done by creating an environment where all students are aware of what ASUCR does and what we can do for everyone. As the EVP, I will ensure that it happens. Highlanders As One.”


Catelin La:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Unity
  2. Commitment
  3. Resilience

“Hey, Highlanders! My name is Catelin La and I am running to be your next ASUCR Executive Vice President. In my last two years on campus, I have served as an Executive Assistant to the EVP, a Senate Secretary, and a CNAS Senator. Through these roles, I have developed an intricate understanding of the happenings in ASUCR and aim to provide thorough representation to all groups on campus. In order to address this, I prioritize and work closely with the Ethnic and Gender Programs on campus to ensure that students are equipped with the resources necessary to feel supported and included. In addition, I promoted mental health awareness/resources, added safety measures throughout campus, and implemented various programs to further aid CNAS students in their endeavors. As EVP, I will not only continue advocating for stronger community relations, but I will use my prior knowledge to encourage and inspire people within and outside of ASUCR.”


Victoria Nguyen:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Close
  2. The
  3. Gap

“Hello Highlanders! My name is Victoria Nguyen and I am running to be your Executive Vice President. This past year, it has been a true honor to serve as a CHASS Senator. In this role, I have been able to “bridge the gap” between students and many different aspects of our school such as resources, administrators, and most importantly, other students. However, bridging the gap is not enough. Instead, I would like to ask you for your support in helping me close the gap. I will strive to close the gaps that are present within our campus by ensuring that student voices are heard loudly and clearly, and that all elected student officials will remain accountable and transparent. It is time for students to be supported and heard! A vote for me is a vote for unity.”


Myra Usmani:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Push
  2. For
  3. Progress

“Hello Highlanders! My name is Myra Usmani and I am running to be your next Executive Vice President. As a previous Senate Intern and current ASUCR CNAS Senator, I have advocated and supported the needs of students by leading initiatives that cater to the diverse communities of UCR. By immersing myself in Ethnic and Gender Programs, prioritizing students’ wellbeing through SHS and CAPS health/accessibility measures, and pushing for more student representation within ASUCR committees, I have been able to passionately pave the way for increased inclusivity and unity at UCR. As EVP, I will dedicate myself to developing these efforts as well as ensuring ASUCR officials are accessible to students, expanding the Senate Internship program to help students grow their professional and leadership skills, and validating students’ experiences by maintaining an ongoing feedback/concern form. I hope to bring our Highlander community the tangible action and results they deserve.”


Candidates for  Vice President of External Affairs:


David An:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Students
  2. Deserve
  3. More

“My name is David and I am running to be your Vice President of External Affairs because I believe we deserve more. My experience in ASUCR started freshman year when I served under the Labor Commision where I helped advocate and secure better wages/healthcare benefits for our UC workers. As a sophomore, I served as a CHASS senator co-authoring legislation that created new positions under the Vice President of Finance. This year, I am currently serving as the Chief of Staff under the Office of the President. With the help of many campus leaders, our office has successfully created the athletics engagement committee as well as the alumni relations committee to boost campus engagement and professional connections. I wish to represent UCR from the interest of the students and secure better education, financial support, campus resources and professional opportunities.”


Amina Hearns:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Compassionate
  2. Representative
  3. Transformative

“Students, like myself, have felt abandoned throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by our own administration. As a former Executive Assistant, current Communications Director & Organizing Director of External Affairs, and student, I have witnessed and experienced blatant discrimination and corruption by the people we pay to be resourceful guides for our success — when in reality they are the main reason behind our concerns, stress, disfranchisement. Through my work, I have provided hygiene kits to students, striked with lecturers and TAs to achieve fairer contracts, lobbied with state representatives to double the pell grant, met with UCOP representatives to create Anti-racism modules, yet — my work is still unfinished. As your next Vice President of External Affairs, I will organize more initiatives for our student body’s health, safety, and success as individuals and academic scholars. My name is Amina Hearns and I will fight for and uplift the voices of every UCR student.”


Candidates for  Vice President of Internal Affairs:

David Ephraim George Kiroloss:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Together
  2. Highlanders
  3. Lead

“Hello! My name is David Kiroloss and I am a Bioengineering and Psychology double major. I serve as one of the current BCOE Senators in ASUCR, Internal Community Service Vice President for Alpha Phi Omega, and a Class Leader for ROTC. Throughout my term as BCOE Senator, one of my primary goals was to assist in providing a smooth transition from online to in-person for students. I believe that I accomplished this mission and I found a passion for campus advocacy and cultivating change on an internal level. I’ve extensively focused within the field of campus internal affairs by developing a resource handbook and promoting/advocating for mental health, COVID-19 resources, academic accommodations, and basic needs. I want to continue my work and passion of improving our highlander community by becoming your Vice President of Campus Internal Affairs! I appreciate your time in reading my biography! Together, we Highlanders Lead!”

Jeanine Nassar:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Advocacy
  2. Unity
  3. Reformation

“Hi Highlanders! My name is Jeanine Nassar, and I am running to be your next Vice President of Internal Affairs. I have been actively working on transparency within ASUCR, pushing for better representation of the Ethnic and Gender Programs on campus. Serving as the Ethnic and Gender Liaison, working diligently with the office of the Executive Vice President, I value diversity, advocacy, and change, which is why I utilize my position to foster an environment that will successfully address all student needs. As Vice President of Internal Affairs, I will work to ensure that no student experience is overlooked by promoting inclusivity and continuing to amplify student voices. I’m continuously advocating for increased attention on student resources and further representing communities on an administrative level. I am confident in my ability to advocate for an adaptable, supportive university, through a representative and transparent student government.”

Hoang Vu:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Integrity
  2. Efficiency
  3. Diversity

“My name is Hoang Vu. I am a first generation student from Viet Nam. I moved to California when I was 6 and grew accustomed to the culture over the years. Being an immigrant and a first generation student, I made education my priority because of the opportunities and prosperity it can bring. Education teaches you to be disciplined and it allows you to grow as an individual to achieve your fullest potential. I want to help students at UCR to utilize all the resources that campus has to offer. Students who are at a disadvantage or behind should get the support they need. Students with financial needs shouldn’t feel like college is a burden or a big hole in their wallets. I believe that UCR is an environment where scholars can aim for the moon. I declare my candidacy for Internal Affairs because I want to make a change.”


Candidates for Vice President of Finance:


Christian Martinez:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Experienced
  2. Accountable
  3. Proven

“Hi Highlanders! My name is Christian Martinez (He/Him/His) and I am running to be your next Vice President of Finance ! I am currently a CHASS Senator where I sit on multiple campus wide committees and have authored multiple pieces of legislation aiming to make UCR a better place. Now, I am excited to run to be your next VP of Finance. This year I have sat on the Finance Committee where I have met with over 150+ organizations and allocated more than $500,000 to school organizations, grants, outreach programs, and sustainability projects. With this experience I believe I will be a great fit to lead ASUCR Finance. On the first day I take office my goal will be to keep ensuring clubs and organizations across campus have the ability to operate smoothly and get access to funds to make their next school year as successful as possible!”


Lina Nguy:

Courtesy of ASUCR

“Hi Highlanders! My name is Lina Nguy and I am running to be your next VP of Finance. I’m currently the Personnel Director; I help assist ASUCR officials and representatives in reporting their duties to be transparent about the work done in their offices. I also served as a CNAS Senator where I represented University-Wide committees to help advocate for student concerns. Additionally, I was a member of the Outreach Committee where I promoted higher education and improved high school engagement. Aside from my involvement in ASUCR, I’m very active in various campus-wide organizations and have learned the struggles that students and these organizations face financially. Therefore, I am using my voice as a student to EXPAND to increase organizational and outreach funding to properly provide the resources needed, EDUCATE students on their personal finances through panels and workshops, and ALLOCATE the proper amount of funding to clubs and organizations.”


Candidates for Vice President of Sustainability:

Alondra Martinez:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Education
  2. Empowerment
  3. Change

“My name is Alondra Martinez, and I am a BCOE student majoring in environmental engineering. Some of the things I like to do are listen to new music and paint in my free time. My passions include giving back to my community and educating others about sustainability and environmental issues. In the future, I hope to work for a company that innovates carbon capturing technology. I also hope to one day start a nonprofit organization for low-income students interested in going into the STEM field in college.”

*Extended Cabinet

Candidates for International Students Director:


Jasmine Nguyen:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Inspire
  2. Innovate
  3. Improve

Hi fellow Highlanders! My name is Jasmine Nguyen and I am running to be your next International Students Director! As a first year, I have been studying Business Economics within my major. But most importantly, I have been learning how to connect with new people through new experiences at UCR. I believe that the success of our school begins with understanding the needs, and adopting the means to bettering our students. Therefore, I aim to achieve these such goals in this upcoming election as the next hopeful International Students Director.”


Candidates for Marketing and Promotions Director:


Phanxico Hoang: 

Courtesy of Phanxico Hoang
  1. Creativity
  2. Opportunity
  3. Exposure

“Hi Highlanders, My name is Phanxico Hoang and I am running to be your next Marketing and Promotions Director! I believe that UCR is a hub for creative talent, and as director I want to give students the opportunity to showcase their passions and gain exposure within our 30k+ student body and beyond. My position as the Communications Director in the 2021-2022 academic year has given me the opportunity to work closely with other student organizations and bear witness the abundant diversity and aptitude displayed already with the return to an in-person campus. As a student creator myself, and seeing how UCR has a history of hosting and launching artists to professional heights, I believe we can increase student engagement and Highlander Pride by uplifting each other and our passions. Thank you for your time, and good luck on your academic, professional, and creative ventures!”


Candidates for Personnel Director:

Ankita Ahluwalia:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Integrity
  2. Empower
  3. Service

Ankita Ahluwalia is a second-year majoring in Computer Science with Business Applications. She is a social-impact entrepreneur experienced in mentoring early-stage founders. She founded POWAN Initiative, a nonprofit advocating for equitable education through e-learning programs. This year she served as the Innovation Ambassador representing UCR for the UC Big Ideas Contest. She devotes her time to empower various UCR Innovation and Entrepreneurship programs. She hopes to empower, serve, and foster an inclusive and welcoming environment for all UCR students.

Lauren Garcia:

Courtesy of Lauren Garcia
  1. Retention
  2. Empowerment
  3. Involvement

“Hey Highlanders! My name is Lauren Garcia and I’m a second-year psychology pre-med major interested in running to be your next Personnel Director for ASUCR. This year, I had the honor of serving as one of the CHASS Senators. During which, I have been able to work with many committees that fall under the Office of Personnel–such as Campus Safety Alliance and Woman’s Rights and Gender Equity Committee. My involvement in these committees has allowed me to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the work that committees can/will do when it comes to addressing needs on campus. That being said, on my platform of retention, empowerment, and involvement, I will ensure that if I were to be elected, more students on campus will have the opportunity to be involved in committees and work alongside the many organizations and figureheads that collaborate with committees!”


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Legislative Candidates:

As part of the Legislative Branch, 18 Senators shall be elected to represent each college. These senators will work with one another and the student body to enact legislation and address students’ concerns in hopes of making change



These candidates will represent the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. 


Ruhi Barman:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Unity
  2. Communication
  3. Reform


“Hello Highlanders! My name is Ruhi Barman and I am running to be one of your future CHASS Senators. As a current Senate Intern and Fellow under the VP of Sustainability, I have been able to take part in ongoing projects that are tackling registration legislation action, student well-being, and overall campus sustainability. If I am allowed the opportunity to serve as a CHASS senator, I hope to further foster such positive change and give a greater voice to each and every one of you. Unity and communication are key to reform!”


Andrew Bui:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Representation
  2. Communication
  3. Transparency


“Hello Highlanders! My name is Andrew Bui and I’m running to be one of your CHASS Senators! I am a Pre-Business major and a current First-Year Fellow under the President. As a First-Year Fellow, I’ve had the opportunity to shadow the President, organize events, and attend senate meetings. It’s become apparent to me that the lack of communication between the administration, ASUCR, and the student body is a significant issue. The majority of students are left in the dark about the changes that the administration and ASUCR are bringing about. When was the last time that you were presented with the opportunity to vote on anything that would impact your life at UCR? It is our right as students to have the opportunity to participate in the decision-making of the school, and it is my goal as a CHASS Senator to bring that to life.”


Ricardo Gonzalez:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Selfless
  2. Ambitious
  3. Considerate


“Being a student is my most excellent skill. Learning from others inspires me and pushes me to seek out more knowledge. I want to be in a space where I can attain insight into different experiences and the significance of every lesson that comes with it. I want to lead with consideration and empathy. I want to share a quote from Malcolm X, which states, “one day may we come together in the light of understanding.” Quite frankly, my mission in life is to reach that understanding with as many people as possible. Joining a diverse team in thinking and physical appearance is taking the first step in understanding the complexity that is the humanity of our humanity.”


Ahman Greene:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Diligence
  2. Perseverance
  3. Courage


“Hi highlanders! My name is Ahman Greene and I’m running to be one of your CHASS senators for the 2022-2023 school year. Im currently an undeclared CHASS major and serving in the first year fellow position under the presidential cabinet in asucr. Throughout all my life I’ve always been on a team, whether it be for sports, projects, work, or more, I’ve always found comfort in those around me. This hasn’t changed since coming to UCR, in fact, my team has gotten even bigger! Being in group environments and being involved in different programs has given me much experience working with others towards a common goal. If I’m chosen to be a senator I plan to use these skills to better UCR and the student experience by listening to and acting on the concerns of the student body, as well as working to make good things even better.”


Hemant Hari:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Pride
  2. Passion
  3. Persistence


“Hello Highlanders! My name is Hemant Hari and I am running to be one of your next CHASS Senators. I am currently enrolled as a Business Economics major looking to minor in computer science. Growing up in the bay I was heavily in school such as Track and Field and even the spanish club and a dance club. My biggest regret from highschool would be not joining Student Body. I was very close with the supervisor of our student body and he would always tell me that I had the leadership qualities necessary to join. Even my father was a born public speaker and leader. That is why now I am stepping up to join our student body and through my three P’s Pride, Passion, and Persistence I will make my fellow students’ voices heard and make our already beloved campus a better place for all students and faculty.”


Brandon Huang:


Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Community
  2. Creativity
  3. Change


“Hello Highlanders! My name is Brandon Huang and I am running to be your next CHASS senator. As a Chinese, first year-generation, pre-business student I’ve always felt that students were never able to get their ideas meaningfully heard. This is something that I have always had an interest in challenging.I always strive for the best and as new problems occur, I solve them with new creative solutions. My main goal as a CHASS Senator is to create a community where everyone’s voices are heard. If elected as your CHASS senator I will put all my time and effort in uniting the students to create meaningful change. Serving on many leadership positions within different organizations, I have experience turning ideas into reality. With your help, we will make UCR a more welcoming and inclusive environment. It would be an honor to have your vote.”

Alex Lu:

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  1. Opportunity
  2. Persistent
  3. Resourceful

“My fellow Highlanders! My name is Alex Lu and I am a first generation college student from Dalian. Moving here at a young age was a great change in culture and educational opportunities. There are countless resources for every student, thus allowing all of us to reach our full potential. I am currently running to be your next CHASS senator and I believe that I would be a great addition to ASUCR because of my passion to help people struggling in education, but with new resources, I would like the students that are struggling to realize that they are not alone and have people to help them. I have always been persistent with my goals and I will not stop until the student body feels comfortable and are able to acknowledge the resources around them.”

Alaa Mido:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Educate
  2. Advocate
  3. Ameliorate


“My name is Alaa Mido, and I am a third-year business administration major at UCR. I previously worked within ASUCR, where I supported labor unions and helped raise awareness about UCR labor issues. I also advocate for students on campus and push for diversity and inclusion. As a senator, I will amplify student voices and meet their needs. I will ensure that UCR workers are represented on campus and support their causes. I will work to ensure that UCR promotes diversity and inclusion. I want to advocate for students and ensure that they are represented within student government.”

Nathan Moreno:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Dedication
  2. Communication 
  3. Ambition 


“Hello Highlanders! My name is Nathan Moreno, a first-year Business Economics major, and I am running for the position of CHASS Senator. I believe that I would be an excellent choice because of my passion to do more for our school. This past year I have worked with the Academic Affairs Committee, Athletics Committee, and the ASUCR First-Year Fellowship program in the hopes of creating a more vibrant, communicative school environment where we have more student engagement. I am very dedicated to giving each and every student the opportunity to engage fully with what UCR has to offer. As a CHASS Senator, I promise to help students feel both supported and trusting in that I will fully dedicate myself to the help better our school. Thank you all for your time and consideration. Go Highlanders!”


Aalani Richardson:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Service
  2. Advocacy
  3. Community 


“Hello Highlanders! My name is Aalani Richardson, and I am running to be one of your 2022-23 CHASS Senators! In my current position as CHASS Senator, I have worked diligently to advocate for student voices on our campus, provide support to our Ethnic and Gender Programs, and assist student authors throughout the entire process of proposing impactful and meaningful legislation. Although I was just appointed to serve CHASS Senator within the Winter 2022 quarter, I have hit the ground running and am currently working tirelessly to ensure that my time deficit does not at all hinder my ability to provide for the student body as a whole. As I reinstate my current role, I hope to continue all of my current work while furthering my reach into the student body in order to serve as a more reliable, direct line of communication to ASUCR for any and all students.”

Conner Rueca:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Create
  2. Pursue
  3. Innovate


“Hello Highlanders! My name is Conner Rueca and I am currently a First-Year Fellow running to be your next CHASS Senator. I am a Pre-Business major, planning to represent CHASS and affirm that the students’ voices are heard. I believe that understanding our students’ needs and implementing strategies to help them succeed is the essential step towards our school’s success. I will strive to assist UCR students in making use of all the resources available on campus. Students who are behind or at a disadvantage academically and financially should receive the assistance they need. UCR, I believe, is a community where scholars can reach past their goals. I declare my candidacy for CHASS senator because I want to make a difference.”

Jules Yang:

Courtesy of ASUCR


  1. Dependability
  2. Dedication
  3. Drive

“Hey everyone, my name is Jules Yang and I am a 2nd year pre-business student running to be your next CHASS senator. I grew up in Orange County and some of my interests include dancing, snowboarding, and going to raves/music festivals. Over this past year, I’ve strived to be more involved with the student population by joining multiple different organizations on campus. Currently, I am the Finance Director for UCR’s ALPFA and I will work closely with this organization to not only develop young professionals, but also foster diversity, equality, and a sense of community on and off campus. As a senator, I will work to ensure students have knowledge and access to campus resources to give every student the chance to get what they want out of their college experience. I love my campus and I want to be there for all students. Let’s go, Highlanders!”



These candidates will represent the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Brenden Cano:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Regrowth
  2. Transparency
  3. Progression

“My name is Brenden Cano. I am a second year neuroscience major. At UCR, I am involved in the Delta Chi fraternity and am a poetry editor for the mosaic literary journal. Outside of UCR, I volunteer at Riverside community hospital and children’s hospital Los Angeles.”

Kyle Cheng:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Dedicated
  2. Disciplined
  3. Diligent 

“Hey Highlanders! My name is Kyle Cheng and I’m running to be one of your next CNAS senators. Growing up as a first generation student, I found the importance of vocalizing yourself and being able to get what you want on your own. As a first year neuroscience student that has never been on campus, I understand the difficulties students face transitioning to an in person school experience. My main objective as CNAS senator is to ensure that the concerns of our students’ voices are heard, and in turn bettering our UCR community. If elected as CNAS senator, I will actively find ways to better advocate and find resources to improve the student experience here at UCR. It would be an honor to get your vote.”

Abby Choy:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Advocate
  2. Advance
  3. Aspire

“Hello Highlanders! My name is Abby Choy and I’m currently a first-year Biology major running to become your next CNAS Senator. As a current ASUCR Senate Intern and a student involved in a variety of organizations across campus, I’ve had the opportunity to fully immerse myself in both ASUCR and UCR’s community. As a Senator, I will support the student body by advocating for your concerns and taking action on your requests to ensure that students are placed first above all else. With my position, I strive to make a tangible difference in our university, engaging with as many campus committees to fight for objectives such as lowering tuition and improving student resources. I will ADVOCATE for you to ADVANCE our goals and ASPIRE to be the platform that champions our ideals. I hope you will support me in creating an environment that puts your needs at the forefront!”

Kevin Nguyen:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Competent 
  2. Dedicated
  3. Advance

“Hello Highlanders! My name is Kevin Nguyen and I am a first-year biology major who will be running to be your next CNAS senator! Being a first generation American, I am DEDICATED to demonstrate to everyone my COMPETENT identity through my involvement in school and community. Facing xenophobia and oppression throughout my childhood, I always believed that each individual has a voice and uniqueness. If I was elected as CNAS senator, I will make my primary focus to ADVANCE and incorporate the characteristics of the student body to manifest a comfortable and accepting environment for all. No matter the obstacles and complex problems we will face, our opinions are what strives us to overcome and call ourselves Highlanders. With your vote, I hope to restore student relationships with their academic advisors and the struggle with the flexibility of teachers. Sincerely, thank you for your trust and support.”


Garrett Sakomizu:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Move
  2. Forward,
  3. Highlanders

“Hello Highlanders! My name is Garrett Sakomizu and I am a 1st-year microbiology major. As an ASUCR Senate Intern, I have had the experience of working on a number of legislative projects with other senators and senate interns. If elected, my main goals include improving the course registration system to ensure students get the classes they need and increasing the eco-friendliness of the campus. Most importantly, I am dedicated to strengthening the bonds between ASUCR, other campus bureaucracies, and the student body we represent. To achieve this, I want your voices, ideas, and passions heard on the table. In addition to being a student, I am also a caretaker to my disabled father. Although campus issues and my father’s condition may seem unrelated, I say to him what I say to you all: Keep moving forward.”


Shukan Shah:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Innovation
  2. Amplification 
  3. Purpose 

“Hi, my name is Shukan Shah! I am a first-year biology major at UCR and I’m running to be your next CNAS senator! As a current member of ASUCR’s Personnel Committee and an involved member of UCR and the community, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work alongside students to make tangible change both on and off campus. If elected, I hope to amplify and create new initiatives that enhance the students’ voices. In specific I hope to work alongside student diversity programs that advocate for ethnic, gender, and disability inclusivity. I want to create more awareness measures in the community by creating accessibility and implementing training programs to promote inclusivity. As a senator I will passionately use my voice in order to ensure that all students’ voices are listened to. Using my platform I am confident that I will create an accountable, innovative, and proactive environment at UCR.”



These candidates will represent the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering. 


Justin Gonzalez:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Dedication
  2. Resilience
  3. Innovation

“As a third year Electrical Engineering student, and Resident Advisor I know the difficulties that come with pursuing a degree in Engineering related fields; however, the challenges that my peers and I have faced within BCOE have only made us tougher and more resilient. I wish to help aid in the innovation of our college, provide strength in areas that need repair, and build rapport with my fellow Engineering students to inch closer toward the goal of a meaningful and impactful career. I believe that I have the resources and dedication to improve Bourns College of Engineering as BCOE senator.”


Alexander Hunt:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Forward
  2. Efficient
  3. Highlanders

“Hi UCR, my name is Alexander Hunt and I’m a third-year Mechanical Engineer running to become the next BCOE Senator. My love for UCR has blossomed over the past three years and I’ve come to love this campus and its people. From Fall Nooners to Math 10A every aspect of our campus matters to me. We are undergoing a period of immense change. After over a year of being online, we now are transitioning back to being in person. I want to be your voice, your senator, during these times of rapid change. More than just transitioning back in person I want to be the voice of BCOE. We as BCOE students face certain challenges and hardships others find hard to understand. I want to give every one of my fellow BCOE students the environment to be the best they can be.”

Chloe Au:

Courtesy of ASUCR
  1. Persistent
  2. Resourceful
  3. Dependable

“Over the past 2 quarters, I have helped reinstate the Point to Point Shuttle Program and met with Dining Services to reduce food waste at the dining hall. I am also working on the Basic Needs Campaign to increase awareness of student resources and ensure that students’ physical and mental needs are met. If elected, I will continue championing to improve student life and most importantly, listening to and acting on student concerns. I plan on working closely with CARE to provide more sexual assault prevention education, increasing awareness about technology that will improve academic success, and planning fun events for students to relieve mental stress. My goal for next quarter is to help students feel more comfortable and safe at school by renovating the safety buttons and dim lighting around campus, and creating more events that promote bystander prevention.”



These candidates will represent the School of Public Policy/School of Education



How will the voting process work?

Apr. 18 – Apr. 24 – Voting Week

  • Everyone will be provided with their own ballot through their R’mail
    • *Note that you can only open the ballot once as it will close with any subsequent attempts. Therefore, make sure to complete the ballot in your first run
    • Choose which candidates you feel will fill their role best and which referendums you support.. We urge that you make an informed decision utilizing the Highlander’s elections guides
  • New legislation passed this year required candidates to obtain a simple 50% majority in order to attain their position, even if they are running unopposed
  • Polling can be done online or in-person with multiple polling locations. 
    • These locations will be:
      • Bell Tower (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
      • Student Recreation Center (2 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
      • Dundie-Glasgow – (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
  • Many prizes and food will be available at these polling sites.
    • Hundreds of items will be given away, with the number reducing each day
    • A separate line will be available for prizes
    • A raffle for 3 Grand prizes will also take place
  • At the end of ballot, a voter will be asked what location they chose to vote from