Presidential Candidates

Name: Carlos De Jesus Alvarez Ayala

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Year in School:  Sophomore

Major(s) and Minor (s): Economics Major Chinese Studies Minor

Qualifications & Goals

 

As an institutional activist I focused on ASPLU the minute I arrived on campus. I have dedicated myself to serving students on campus and advocating for those of underrepresented and underserved communities. As an ASPLU Senator I  hosted a financial literacy night for students of color and undocumented students as well as established an essay workshop day for a group of junior students from the local high school, Clover Park High School.

 

My passion as an economics student than led me to apply for the position of Finance Director which is now my current position. As finance director I work to advocate for students in budgetary and financial conversations around campus. As finance director I have dedicated my time to developing protocols and procedures that help student leaders make decisions that align with our values and not ones that make us wonder “how are we funding this?” Money shouldn’t be a limitation on student involvement, which is why as finance director building ways to communicate with students about their tuition dollars and making sure that student leaders are held accountable to financial decisions has been a top priority.

 

As a student I have dedicated time building relationships with student throughout campus and I hope to leverage this connections into making meaning working relationships to better and enhance the experience of PLU students. I also hold the position of Men’s Project and It’s On Us Intern within the Pear Advocate Community Education program within the Center for Gender Equity. One of my goals is to bridge the It’s On Us position closer to ASPLU. Everyone should know what an active bystander is and act like one, period. Gender based advocacy, accessibility, transparency, and opportunities for leadership and professional development are key items I wish to focus on if elected president.

 

My first order of business is to create and build goals along with APSLU Senators and Directors. This goals should reflect our values of diversity, sustainability, and social justice as an organization. Additionally to this I think there is an undeniable focus that needs to take place in our campus towards a more united campus culture. Our identity as PLU lutes is not a clear one, and our need to unite is of essence. No single lute will be left behind under my presidency, change is coming!

Kennedy Gwin

She/Her/Hers

Year In School: Class of 2020/Third Year

Majors and Minors: Political Science and Global Studies with an emphasis in Development and Social Justice

 

Qualifications:

  • Senator At Large 2016-2018
  • Senator At Large Spring 2019
  • ASPLU CGE Committee Representative 2017-2018
  • Presidential Search Committee Member 2017-2019
  • Member of the collective 2016-2019
  • Member of Generation Action 2017-2019
  • Residential Life Assistant 2017-2019
  • Rieke Scholar 2017-2019

Goals For ASPLU:

 

Reevaluate implicit sexism when hiring ASPLU directors. Currently leadership positions possess themes of implicit sexism, I would like to start conversations and bring an awareness to this when starting the hiring process for ASPLU director positions and encourage other leadership organizations to do the same.

 

Create a physical space where students can donate textbooks they no longer use and other books they use throughout the year within their classes. The hope from this would be that students could come into this space and borrow the textbooks they need. This would hopefully reduce the economic burden on students when purchasing textbooks for the semester.

 

Life alert systems within handicap restrooms. This would increase accessibility and would provide a level of protection for people of all ability to use the restroom with a peace of mind. It is important that we treat these situations with dignity and provide the highest level of care that we can. I am an advocate for ADA accessibility and it is something I hold near and dear to my heart.  

 

I hope to cultivate leaders at PLU and work on changing the attitude of what it means to be a leader.A person’s actions define their leadership ability, not their gold name tag. Work with me to make PLU a community for everyone.

Vice Presidential Candidates

Todd Dizon

He/Him/His

Year in School: Class of 2020/Third Year

Majors and Minors: History Major and Hispanic Studies Minor

Qualifications:

  • ROTC Cadet 2016-2019
  • PLU Speech and Debate Team Member 2016-2018
  • Admissions Ambassador 2016-2019

 

Goals for ASPLU

 

  • Create a Monthly Finance Newsletter that ASPLU would distribute to students in order to provide information and transparency towards University expenses that affect their everyday lives. My hope would to make this an aspect of the ASPLU finance director position and make this a normalized aspect of student life.

 

  • Create a better connection with the PLU community. Possibly hosting a community meal in which the Parkland community and the PLU community can come together for a day of fun (i.e. picnic in the spring, maybe a bounce obstacle course for kids/students)

 

  • Encourage the board of Regents to spend a casual day on campus and spend time meeting students in the Commons and in spaces in which students occupy. Let’s put a face to these people.

 

  • Create a Campus Dialogue that seeks to promote genuine, honest, and straightforward discussion that will serve as the basis for which the student body can resolve current and future issues that may arise on campus. We should work to  promote dialogue in a fashion in which we can ALL grow.

 

Name: Mei-Yun Loya

Pronouns: Her/She/Hers

Year in School: First Year

Majors/Minors:  Intended Double Major in Global Studies and Political Science  

Qualifications:

 

  • Current ASPLU Senator for the class of 2022
  • Current ASPLU Outreach Committee Member
  • Current Board Member of Community Health Care
  • Current Political Advocacy Committee member for Community Health Care
  • Person of Color
    • Black
    • Chinese
    • Mexican
    • Native American
  • Social Activist
    • Organizer and Speaker of March for Our Lives Tacoma
    • Working with Leauge of Women Voters to hold voter registration drives in Tacoma Public Schools
  • Act Six Scholar
  • Member of The Collective   

 

Goals for ASPLU:

 

Social Change:

  • Support and help represent students of color, women, and other marginalized groups on campus,
  • Speak up for these communities by centering their voices; not speaking for them.
  • I will use my platform and connections to ensure that our voices will no longer be ignored.
  • Fight for unity amongst students on campus so that our voices are louder and stronger when we fight together for what is best for us.

Systemic Change:

  • Create/Designate a space for Students of Color, that acts as an Educational Resource and a Safe Space for Community Building
  • Continue working to Reform the General Education Curriculum
  • Fight to Maintain Student Regent Positions
  • Work with SLB to create a campus-wide calendar that clubs and organizations can reference when planning events to avoid overlap and maximize attendance

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