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.


Safer Campus,

Stronger Campus

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.


Cal Experience

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


Juniperangelica's OP Platforms, explained

My intentions and goals for the ASUC Presidency are rooted in my own experiences as a student who understands the difference between surviving the university, and thriving. My office will be shaped to meet the challenges that so many of us need the president to be; I will strive for a presidency that puts forth an appropriate and aggressive agenda which prioritizes student welfare, and aims for the excellence of the UC Berkeley education. The president must understand the scope of student need, while supporting the existing work of executives and senators who make up the ASUC team of student leaders. My input will frame the ASUC’s agenda and my leadership will support the follow through. While my work plan shifts with the direction of the student body, here is my vision.



surviving to thriving

  1. Institutionalizing emergency services/streamline

    1. My office will continue advocacy for the institutionalization of direct/emergency services for students facing immediate housing, food and financial insecurity. This means streamlining the support process for students identified as housing/food insecure to receive immediate and sufficient services until more stable, ongoing support is secured.

    2. In my role, I intend to support the securement of adequate funding and space-allocation for basic need services.

  2. Accessible living

    1. Parallel to my current work, I intend to push the university to follow through with the housing master plan, emphasizing the need for more housing that is AFFORDABLE. Housing should not be viewed as the solution for more profit, but the solution to housing insecurity.

    2. Housing for families and graduates within the UC Village is especially important to me as I balance my undergraduate career and raising my child. My office will lead efforts to connect the UC Village with campus and improve the accessibility of long-term housing for students.

    3. As occupiers of Ohlone Land, our work must center and hold conversations to house our students without further gentrifying the Berkeley community, displacing long-term residents.

  3. Aiding students through financial hardship

    1. The Cancellation for Nonpayment Policy is a direct obstacle that the university has no intention on repealing. My office will continue aggressive advocacy to end the policy that directly impacts low-income students.

    2. We will work with Sproul Hall to also find immediate solutions to protect students from cancellation until the policy is repealed. This means increasing the possibility of being waived from the policy, as well as reforming the financial aid office to guarantee expedited processing of aid packages for students who could not otherwise pay.

  4. Public education as prevention

    1. Public education can and will shift the community’s perspective of basic need insecurity and the need to ask for help. Through campus wide public education campaigns, we will support students in understanding the bigger picture of poverty; using data collected, we will help students understand they are not alone and work to reduce self-shame in utilizing campus resources.



a safer campus, a stronger community

  1. Increasing campus conversation, rethinking safety

    1. Some students need police to feel safe. Some students feel safer without police presence. Our goal is to create an environment that everyone feels and is safe while on campus. We will continue our current efforts and create a community advisory board that engages in trauma-informed conversations, producing competent and in-depth proposals regarding police presence on campus and any major events, per the Major Events Policy.

    2. My office will also continue the work in creating the ASUC UCPD Student Police Review and Campus Safety commission that offers students a platform to express concerns, file complaints to peers and work through intense campus events to protect student emotional and mental welfare.

  2. #TimesUp Berkeley (slate-wide platform with Nuha and Rizza)

    1. Our politics must always be survivor-first. As president, I will hold those in power accountable to implementing trauma-informed policies that demand follow through adequate and meaningful investigations, dismissals and action.

    2. Our office will lead the ASUC in holding itself accountable as well, strengthening our conduct policies to ensure that elected student officials are held to the highest standards of conduct and removed when policies are broken.


shifting the campus culture

  1. a healthier academic rigor

    1. While the rigor of UC Berkeley upholds our reputation, I intend on initiating conversations to transform the unhealthy aspects of academic demand. This will include faculty and students working to reduce the mentality that academics are worth the sacrifice of student mental health. We will host workshops and lectures that help students prioritize wellness and care.

    2. As a disabled student myself, I plan to use my positionality within the ASUC to push forward public education initiatives that work to end the stigma of academic accommodations and encourages students in need to utilize DSP accommodations.

  2. a supportive place for ALL students

    1. Supporting students from historically marginalized communities means making sure students of color feel seen and valued on campus. I will continue the Speaker Series facilitated by current ASUC president to invite guest speakers to campus who will spark healthy, community-based conversation.

    2. Supporting students of marginalized communities means supporting the work students are doing to recruit and retain their own communities. As I’ve done since my first semester at Cal, which was parallel to the Fight for Spaces campaigns, my office will support each need of QARC and bridges in the continued fight for long-term space allocation.

  3. a more effective ASUC environment

    1. Working within the ASUC has been an emotionally-taxing experience that is rooted in the discombobulation of the institution. As the elected leader of the student government, I intend on working with my peer executives to restructure processes of progress, collaboration and accountability. This includes the work I am already doing in garnering student involvement and investment in campus committees representation.

    2. My office will initiate needed trainings and dialogue sessions that will build upon the experience and education of future elected officials to ensure a respectful, less-hostile work environment for all students involved.