rizza for academic affairs vice president

Read more about my platforms and goals below!

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Decolonize Cal

Establishment of the Third World College

Advocating for the final and unfulfilled demand from the Third World Liberation Front (twLF)

 

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Defense of Academic Diversity

Stripping away Academic Policies that infringe on the success of marginalize students, and insure that basic needs, student safety, and survival are prioritized

 

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Survive & Thrive

Continue collaboration with bridges, assist in leveraging the reconstruction of Hearst Field Annex. Work with Equity and Inclusion to establish projects that produce resources for under-resourced

 

Qualifications & Leadership Roles

ASUC Senator*

ASUC Representative, Building Naming Review Committee*

Co-Author, STARR Referendum

Letters and Science Representative, Undergraduate Academic Commission  

Pilipinx Community Executive Space*

House President, Berkeley Student Cooperative

Legislative Director, ASUC Office of Rigel Robinson**

Fund the UC Campaign Manager, ASUC Office of the Executive Affairs Vice President**

Intern, External Affairs Component Pilipinx American Alliance**

Performer, Pilipinx Cultural Night 2017**

Member, Consent Education Working Group of Berkeley Student Cooperative**

Medic Trainee, Berkeley Free Clinic

Former Health Worker, Berkeley Student Cooperative**

Former Performer, Vagina Monologues**

Former Campus Mobilizer, CalSERVE**

Former Intern, ASUC Office of Sina Rashidi**

*Titles for identification purposes only


 

Rizza's AAVP Platforms, explained

 
 
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Decolonize Higher Education:  Establishment of the Third World College

Advocating for the final and unfulfilled demand from the Third World Liberation Front (twLF)

  • Advocating for the establishment of the Third World College, the College of Ethnic Studies
  • Advocating for the hiring and tenuring of faculty of color

  • Creating pipelines for community based education and research

I believe that the student body has an immensely high potentiality to create institutional change on this campus. Student advocacy has shaped our curricula, our educational departments, and the architecture of the campus. Students voice is undoubtedly the most powerful entity on this campus, thus it is my goal as Academic Affairs Vice President to harness this power, and channel it toward creating momentus change. I want to build of the work of decades of student organizing, stemming from the 1969 Third World Liberation Front, and the movements of solidarity that unified students of color on this campus and lead to the establishment of the Ethnic Studies department. As an Ethnic Studies major I understand the importance of not only having an educational opportunity that focuses on the ancestral knowledge of non-European communities, but also having my classes taught by lecturers, professors, and graduate instructors of color. I aim to work with Diversity, Equity, and Campus Climate, Academic Planning and Resource Allocation, and Divisional Council Committees of Academic Senate to advocate for the expansion of resources to programs such as Ethnic Studies, the expansion of the American Cultures Requirement, and the tenuring of faculty of color.

 

 
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Survive and Thrive: Stripping away Academic Policies that infringe on the success of marginalize students, and insure that basic needs, student safety, and survival are prioritized

  • Ensuring the when newly established and revised academic policies are taking into consideration students affected by the Cancellation of Non-Payment Policy, and academic data and financial aid data are compiled to show the detrimental impacts of CNP.

  • Revision of the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal, prioritizing its processing and removing the stipulation that without a SAP appeal one cannot receive financial aid
  • Permittance of retroactive grade changes and retractive P/NP to letter grade changes

Berkeley is unquestionably difficult, and though we as students can find pride in its academic rigour, there are numerous academic policies that foster an equitable learning environment and enables all students to succeed. We need to focus on policies that act as direct detriments to students academic success and personal well-beings, and help administrators understand how those two entities work in concert with one another. Policies such as Cancellation for Non-Payment Policy are inherently classist, thus our academic and enrollment policies must be modified to ensure that they are accommodating to students that might be negatively impacted by these policies.

 

 
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Defend Diversity: Continue collaboration with bridges, assist in leveraging the reconstruction of Hearst Field Annex.

Work with Equity and Inclusion to establish projects that produce resources for under-resourced

  • Working with Equity and Inclusion to create pipelines between Bay Area and Central Valley Public High Schools, and Community Colleges.

  • Overseeing the reconstruction of the Hearst Field Annex to accommodate the student facing services that will be located there; the Disabled Students Program testing center, the bridges Multicultural Resource Center, and the Fannie Lou Hammer Black Student Resource Center

  • Disaggregating our admissions data to understand the intersectional identities of the marginalized students that attend UC-Berkeley. Encompassing more data about students socioeconomic status, family history of education, and including a wide breadth of ethnic/racial identities.