The Associated Student Government “Meet the Candidates” was held on March 24 at the SC-115 Student Center led by President Francis J. Seludo, and it included several candidates.
ASG is the student governing body of San Jose City College. It includes SJCC students who serve as officers in a variety of positions, including president, student administrator, chief justice, director of communications, director of student resources, vice president of marketing, and vice president of finance.
Upcoming elections will determine new members for the ASG positions for the 2022-2023 term. ASG received multiple applications for multiple positions from 13 current students.
Candidate Orientation took place March 17-18 and Meet the Candidates March 21-25. The vote will take place from April 5 to 7.
Applicants were asked why they chose to apply for positions on the board.
Adrianne Belardes, major in psychology and social and behavioral sciences, is a candidate for the position of director of student resources.
“I’m currently a resource advocate with Maintenance for Moms, a nonprofit that helps single moms fix their cars so they can drive safely down the road with their kids,” Belardes said. “I felt inclined to apply for the position because I have a lot of experience providing resources for the community, and I really felt like I could do a great job like that.”
Xitlaly Martinez, Business Management Major:
“I also applied for the position of director of resources, so it’s similar in the sense that you decide where the money is invested and where it is most applicable. Ultimately, the people who will benefit from the resources are us, the students.
Yang Lei, a Chinese business administration student, is running for president:
“I was president when I was in my high school in China. I think if I was president of SJCC, I would help students solve their problems. I hope I can start many activities for SJCC people to can all participate in the clubs, and I always want to create clubs like sports, hiking, so that people can exercise. It can improve our physical problems,” Lei said. “I want to challenge myself , I see that I can develop many skills that I want to have in the future. I want to transfer to a university, and I see it can help me be more competitive to transfer to a 4-year university.
Fadia Zeid, dance major:
“I applied for the position of President and Vice President of Marketing because I was a student here at this school for 11 years. I’m a reporter for the City College Times and I always see issues on campus that I want to address,” Zeid said. “I also want to increase the visibility of clubs and activities on campus.
Leif Benson, political science student:
“I am applying for the presidency because I want to get things done. I feel like there are things students deserve on campus, like joining clubs, joining student government, and joining the newspaper. I want to have more opportunities like this for students who are interested in all kinds of things on campus,” Benson said. “When I went to Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, I was a senator for student government, and now I’m part of SJCC student government. I also have a marketing position (vice president of marketing) in that area, So those are my two experiences of student government.
Francis J. Seludo, political scientist and current president of the ASG:
“I’ve been president for almost a year now, and I was chief judge of the board last year. It took me a while before I decided to run again because the judge in leader of my former council did a lot of work,” Seludo said. “I worked very closely with the former president. I feel like it was a tough decision to make, but I decided to introduce myself because I wanted to continue to make a change on campus and also help students directly if I could Be aware of student issues and work closely with them as well as connect them with faculty and having this good connection with everyone is extremely important for the position.
Mohammad Shaar, a Lebanese major in construction technology, who also speaks four languages (English, Arabic, French and Spanish) applied for the positions of Chief Justice and Director of Communications:
“I have been a student for 5 years. I know what it’s like to be a student, what are the challenges that students face during their studies, so I had a difficult experience when I was not really involved when I was back in my country. I had to change my destiny. I really feel like I know students can change, but they need to know where, where to reach out,” Shaar said. “When I came here, I wanted to be this guy who is going to be a student leader, who is going to represent the students. I want students to have a better college experience. I don’t want anyone to be left out and feel like college life isn’t for them. Every student has the right to learn and go where they want to go. It was my motivation. »
Van Pham, an accounting major, is a candidate for the position of director of communications:
“I want to help Vietnamese students because when I came to middle school, I helped a lot of people. Many of these students are very old and do not speak English. That’s why I helped them. “When I applied for these positions, I wanted to help Vietnamese people,” Pham said. “I know that if I apply for these positions, I have to communicate with a lot of people, and they come from all over, all races and all colors, but I want to tell you the goal. I know that if I join the ASG team, I have to help people and be fair, whether they are Vietnamese or Spanish, I don’t care.