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LACCD Student Trustee Election – Spring 2021

 

Vote online for your College’s 2021-2022 Student Government and the Los Angeles Community College District(LACCD) Student Trustee through the MyCollege.laccd.edu student portal starting on Monday, April 26 at 8:00 AM (PDT) until Friday, April 30, 2021 at 11:59 PM (PDT).

Students actively enrolled in Spring 2021 are permitted to vote once for the LACCD Student Trustee. Students currently enrolled at more than one LACCD college, may vote once at each college for Student Government Officer’s positions. For your convenience, the online ballot can be opened from any smartphone or device that has full browser capabilities when the elections open on April 26 at 8 a.m. 

Scroll down to meet the two student trustee candidates.

Please direct any questions about the election process to the Associated Student Organization/Union/Government (ASO/U/G) Office at your home college. To reach the ASO/U/G Office, log on to your student portal at MyCollege.laccd.edu and click the “Online Services and Live Chat” tile on your student homepage followed by the ASO/U/G or Student Life tab on the left-side menu.

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Candidate Statements

 

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Aryan Bhattarai

My name is Aryan Bhattarai and given the plethora of experience I have volunteering and being a reliable person to those around me, I believe I am the best fit to be your student trustee. Among all the other nominees, I have essential traits which sets me apart and makes me a key candidate to be a student trustee. For example, I am a natural born leader who always puts others before him. If given the position of a student trustee, I give you my word that I will help resolve any issues you face in your school year to ensure that you have a stress free semester.

To further help you consider voting for me to be your student trustee, here’s a brief list of goals I have if I were to be elected for this position: makes the current online learning environment less stressful, provide students with numerous scholarship opportunities and means to get money to make classes affordable, empathize with students’ problems and help resolve them, and actively continue to stop any form of racism or sexism.

Outside of my key characteristics, academically speaking, I am more than qualified to be a student trustee. For example, I graduated high school last year with high honors, maintained a 3.8 gpa, received an AP Capstone diploma and certification, and lastly, passed all 6 AP exams that I took. Outside of school, I coached a basketball team at Northridge and won the championship, as well as volunteered in various other places in my community. Being your student trustee would simply be an amazing opportunity for me, as I would be able to continue my aspirations in helping my community and my fellow peers.

I personally believe that the voices of all students need to be well represented deep inside every element of a Student Union. If elected, I will use the student trustee position to maintain and promote student democracy as best possible, and be the voice that best represents all students. The position of student trustee is a responsibility that I will hold on behalf of the students and will fulfill to the best of my capabilities if given the opportunity. I implore you to consider voting for me as I promise to fulfill any expectations you have of me, and ensure that you have a stress free year!

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Coraima Martinez

Hello, my name is Coraima Martinez and I am a first-generation student at East LA College currently majoring in Political Science. I currently serve as Vice-Chair of Region VII for the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) and as Vice-President of the ELAC Students for Political Awareness & Advocacy (ESPAA) club. As a first-generation college student, I have personally experienced and witnessed the disparities within higher education and the lasting impacts it has towards our marginalized communities. This is why I am so passionate about student advocacy, social justice reform, diversity, equity and inclusion within the higher education system and have been dedicated to this work for nearly 3 years.

As a result, I have led and continue to lead numerous efforts to provide students with as much support as possible. Some of the work I have done includes: 

  • In April of 2020, co-lead and organized a town hall with the LACCD Chancellor Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, President Andra Hoffman of the LACCD Board of Trustees, Assembly member Miguel Santiago and Congresswoman Judy Chu to make them aware and address the disparities that the LACCD students are facing due to lack of internet access and computers

  • Lead an initiative for student direct aid to be distributed to all LACCD students who qualified

  • Assisted in organizing the Women's Speaking Series and raised funds to bring Angela Davis, Winona LaDuke andPatrisse Cullors to East Los Angeles College

  • Co-lead a workshop entitled “Difficult Dialogues Concerning Racism in Community Colleges:

  • How to Build an Anti-racist Campus” at the 2021 Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC) Advocacy and Policy Conference, with faculty and student attendees from all over California

  • Registered new voters and collected signatures for Schools and Communities First, which was on the 2020 ballot as Prop 15, to raise revenue for public education in California

In addition, I have attended Board of Trustee meetings, participated in public comment and held board members accountable. Consequently, I have built professional and personal relationships with current members of the Board of Trustees, in addition to administrators at the college and district level. These relationships are an asset in my ability to quickly and effectively advocate for students immediately following my confirmation as the next student trustee.

I am confident that once elected to become the next student trustee.  I will work hand in hand with all constituency groups to ensure that students are the number one priority moving forward. I look forward to earning your vote to become LACCD’s next student trustee and appreciate your time and consideration.

Should you have any questions or concerns please contact me at Coraima4LACCDtrustee@gmail.com and follow me on instagram @Coraima4LaccdTrustee for updates.