Juniperangelica for president
My name is Juniperangelica (or Gia). I am a fourth-year transfer from El Monte/Azusa, Ca, transferring from Citrus College. I am majoring in Ethnic Studies, working full-time as a mom to my beautiful 4-year-old and as a program director for Transgender Law Center/GSA Network. I'm current mid-year in my term as an ASUC Senator, working to uplift the narratives and needs of queer/trans students, students of color, student parents, transfers, and other student communities living at the intersections.
I am running for ASUC President because I believe in my leadership. I know that skills in advocacy and negotiations are building off of the many national and statewide leadership positions I've held, from the national organizing position I currently hold for the Transgender Law Center to the statewide position I held as the Student Trustee for the California Community College Board of Trustees.
I am running for ASUC President because my advocacy is experience based. I know that my perspective as a Latina, queer, transgender woman who is a single mother will strengthen my role as a student advocate; my understanding of basic needs will be rooted in my experience of the six years my family was homeless throughout high school and community college; my drive to help every student feel safe on campus will be informed by my solidarity and partnership with Black/brown communities I've grown up organizing with.
The office of ASUC President will be the platform I will use to support and uplift the work already being done by students on the ground. I understand my position to center the voices of students who do not have access to the ASUC and ensure I am doing what I can to support the academic, and holistic, success of every UC Berkeley student. Go bears!
Read more about my platforms and goals below!
Surviving to Thriving
My dedication to pushing forward the work of securing basic needs for students is rooted in my own experience through housing and food insecurity. When I entered Cal, I had already experienced homelessness for six years and understood basic needs to be pivotal in my ability to thrive in academic. As president, I will continue my work in (1) advocating for continued institutionalization of direct services that secure stable housing and food support for students, and well as (2) working to destigmatizing the need to ask for help when students are housing and food insecure. We deserve to have the resources that allow us to thrive at Cal, not merely survive.
Safety means different things for different people, but it is just as important for everyone. I role as ASUC President will be fostering needed conversation of how our campus leaders can shift the current culture toward an learning environment everyone feels safe in. Community safety will consist of (1) increasing services that secure student safety and (2) reconsidering the role of public safety officers on campus, This includes my current work as a senator in advocating for reform within UCPD, our campus' review board, and student involvement in that process. My goal is to work toward an campus where focusing on academics, and not our safety, is possible.
Shifting the Campus Culture
Campus climate is the environment that we exist in that either makes students feel welcomed and valued, or not. As a queer, transgender Latina, I know my experience has not always been the best in terms of feeling a part of the campus culture. Through my presidency, I will continue the work of current ASUC President abdulqadir=morris in uplifting intersectional guest speakers, as well as fostering conversations that delve into free speech. We will work to support the diverse perspectives of all students, without sacrificing the safety of some. I plan to utilize my positionally to also initiate various public education campaigns that challenge the campus community to expand our views and support of various communities who often are silenced.
My intentions of the ASUC Presidency can be summed up in my goal of uplifting the overall Cal experience for our students, staff and community members. My work will define what it means to be the #1 Public University in the World. My leadership in the ASUC will support and collaborate with the elected vice presidents and senators to (1) evaluate and improve the academic environment and rigor of Cal, (2) examine and boost the supportive services offered to students, and (3) work to build a university that students not only exist through, but are proud to attend. I will advocate for the needs of our complex student body, while remaining intentional about what the Cal experience can mean for faculty, staff, and community members.
Qualifications and Leadership Roles
ASUC Senator, UC Berkeley, Present
ASUC Gov. Comm, Vice Chair, Present
ASUC Task Force on Community Safety/UCPD Accountability Chair, Present
ASUC Housing Commission Member, Present
Chancellor’s Commission on Free Speech Appointee, UC Berkeley, Present
Chancellor’s 10-year Strategic Planning, Student Experience Work Group Representative, UC Berkeley, Present
Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Student Needs Member, UC Berkeley, Present
Wellness Fund Fee Oversight Committee Member, UC Berkeley, Present
UC Berkeley Trans Student Mental Health Initaive Founder, UC Berkeley, Present
Queer Alliance Resource Center Board Member, UC Berkeley, Present
National Program Director, Transgender Law Center/GSA Network, Present
Village Resident Association Board Member, UC Berkeley, Present
Unit 3 Hall Association Spens-Black/Norton President, UC Berkeley, Present
Statewide Student Trustee, California Community College Board of Trustees, 2015-2016
Spectrum LGBTQ+ Caucus Chair, Student Senate for California Community Colleges, 2015-2016
Student Trustee, Citrus College Board of Trustees, 2015-2016
Advocate behind successful passage of CA AB1266, Sacramento, 2015
Youth Inspiration Leadership Award, Angels of Change, 2015
Commissioner of Equity, Associated Students of Citrus College, 2014-2015
Trevor Project Advisory Council Co-chair, National, 2014-2015
Campus Pride Advisory Council Member, National, 2014-2015
Human Relations Commissioner, City of Azusa, 2013-2014
Associated Student Body President, Azusa High School, 2013-2014
Azusa High School Site Council, 2013-2014
*Titles for recognition purposes only