My name is Lindsey Sanchez, and I am a rising second-year undergraduate student with a major in Political Science and a minor in Sociology. I am from Los Angeles, and some of my hobbies include reading, running, and listening to podcasts. On campus, I am the External Chair of IGNITE, a member of the Campus Activities Board VIP, and of the Merced Pre-Law Society. I am declaring my candidacy for ASUCM Senate because I want to see a student government that is truly responsive to student needs and does more than provide funding for clubs and organizations on campus but implements progressive initiatives that ultimately benefit all students. I am running for Senate because while I love UC Merced, the lives and experiences of students can and should improve. Not addressing the issues surrounding campus climate affects us all; not advancing academic and professional opportunities for students of varying backgrounds affects us all.
As a large-scale senator, I want to harness the resources of the ASUCM to transform it from the mundane role it currently plays in students’ lives (if at all), to work towards embracing holistic wellness, advocating for basic needs security, and focusing on ensuring affordability and access to the University of California Merced. I am running on a platform that hopes to eliminate tuition fees and reduce the cost of academic resources, such as textbooks and course readers. I hope to advocate for the creation of an online model similar to UC Davis’ Inclusive Access program, which is an optional method of providing students digital access to course materials for a semester flat fee payable with financial aid, in place of printed text. This new system would reduce the overall cost of course materials and aims to address academic inequity from the high costs of textbooks; a project very optimistic but very possible. Amongst the many other issues facing UC Merced, I will aim to cover the funding disparity between student organizations/clubs, lack of representation of marginalized communities on campus, and transparency issues.
Further, this platform is about maintaining campus safety and prioritizing student experiences, including those of transfer students. To do so, I hope to work to expand mental health resources and partner with CARE to establish more programs designed to target emotional, physical, and social wellness. With this said, there is a need to implement stronger Title IX and SVSH protection policies on campus. Lastly, I believe there is also a need to establish an additional seat on the Executive Board. This seat will be the “Transfer/Non-Traditional Student Representative.” Taking into account the experiences of transfer students is equally important as they make up the undergraduate population as well. It is essential to have a seat dedicated to transfer students so they are able to have a voice in the executive table and be there to communicate the needs of other transfer students at UC Merced.
As a first-generation college student, I understand the importance of having access to basic needs and resources and I can assure you that I will genuinely do everything in my power to fight for these needs and accurately represent UC Merced's diverse and unique student body.