Hi! My name is Adilla Jamaludin and I will be your next ASUCD Vice President. I am a third year International Agricultural Development major from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. During my time here, I have found a home in the Empowered Arab Sisterhood and have been involved with various other organizations like the Muslim Student Association. I previously served as an ASUCD Senator from 2015-2016 and Senate President Pro Tempore during Spring 2016. During my term as senator I worked on a number of projects that included establishing study spaces and lounges for international students, hiring more bilingual counselors to serve students, and I also founded the Pay-It-Forward program in collaboration with the ASUCD Coffee House and the ASUCD Pantry. In between classes and meetings, I can be seen lounging at Third and U or walking my 11 year old dog, Milo. Having worked together closely for over a year, I am super excited to lead with Josh for ASUCD’s executive office. Here are some of our proposed plans:
1. More efficient student participation in academic decisions: There are a lot of governing bodies on this campus such as the Academic Senate which make decisions on a daily basis that shape our curriculums, general education, and major requirements. There is student representation within these spaces, but oftentimes even the most experienced of us have difficulty offering adequate input and being productive members due to unfamiliarity with the process. We will work to make sure there is a brief educational mechanism through ASUCD which makes our appointees to such bodies prepared for their new roles and more fully aware of how to best advocate for students.
2. Protecting undocumented students and refugees: Amidst new federal policies and the general national atmosphere surrounding undocumented people and refugees, we must act to protect such students across the UC system and here in Davis. This entails working with the AB540 and Undocumented Student Center and the Office of Advocacy and Student Representation to hold campus officials accountable to President Napolitano’s statement that the UC or UCPD will not assist law enforcement seeking undocumented students. Additionally, we will work with the City of Davis to ensure the safety of marginalized students in off-campus realms as well. We will strengthen the relationship with the surrounding community through mediums such as the City Student Advisory Group, which is made up of the External Affairs Commission Chair, a designee from OASR, ASUCD President, City Staff, and representation from our administration. Forming and maintaining a close relationship with the city is paramount when it comes to ensuring the protection of students.
3. Housing and Food Security: Many students are dissatisfied with their housing situations and dealing with their landlords. We plan to be vocal proponents of new projects that offer housing, encouraging the university to build more student housing, and to keep it affordable. We also plan to expand ASUCD’s housing services. Some of these proposed services include disseminating the ASUCD-owned Model Lease. ASUCD should be involved in getting these important resources to first years and transfers specifically as they make the move from on-campus housing to apartment/rental housing. On top of this, we also plan on expanding legal services to provide students with skills and knowledge in regard to renter issues. For example, we would implement renter’s rights workshops, especially in light of the new Rental Resources Ordinance that City Council will be passing at their next meeting. The Office of Advocacy and Student Representation is leading the charge on these issues and we are glad to assist them in any way we can.
4. More transparency with new incoming chancellor: As the biggest stakeholders of our University, students are entitled to an accessible, transparent, and positive relationship with the new Chancellor. As such, the specific mechanisms that we propose to ensure this type of relationship include a monthly town hall on the first Thursday of every month (setting a consistent date is paramount here), encouraging more “Chancellor for a day” or “Vice Chancellor for a day” opportunities that are well advertised, and some system of providing the Chancellor quarterly reports about student needs and issues in a written and/or oral format which students can add to. On the topic of feedback, we also want to implement an ASUCD-sponsored data collection survey on student needs. Knowing what services ASUCD lacks and what we do well is integral in determining where we go from here. The information from this would be helpful in conversations with administration and the city as well.