Campus sophomore Aryan Deorah is running independently for ASUC Senate on a platform of reforming funding for Registered Student Organizations, or RSOs, improving tech fairness and increasing student events.
As current Legislative Director to ASUC Sen. Ashley Rehal and former associate in the office of ASUC Sen. Julia Castro, Deorah uncovered “problems” with RSO funding while researching finance. of ASUC.
“There are low limits on new clubs receiving funding, so I would raise those limits,” Deorah said. “I also hope to provide oversight of how funds are allocated and distributed.”
Deorah, a data science and political science major, believes that technological inequality exists across campus, but is particularly prevalent in STEM courses. He added that he wanted to raise awareness about this issue.
If elected, Deorah wants to lobby campus to discourage the use of “tech electives” that many students cannot complete because they need tablets, printers, or software from laptops. top of the line.
Deorah noted that her own experiences growing up in a rural area helped her understand these concerns.
“People may not know that low-income college students have these issues,” Deorah said. “I can reflect on the concerns of low-income students. »
Deorah’s third goal is to increase the number of student events to add to the “campus culture” by devoting ASUC funds to ASUC-sponsored events, such as boot lounges and recreational sports tournaments.
He would like to work with the ASUC Student Union to set up more interactive events where students can meet new people and become more involved.
“I spent a lot of time before my campaign talking to random students on campus and seeing what they wanted,” Deorah said. “One of the biggest things they wanted was more of a social culture.”
Deorah believes his previous experiences in public service, both inside and outside of ASUC, make him qualified for the job.
As a freshman in ASUC Senator Julia Castro’s Legislative Department, Deorah edited bills and co-sponsored a major bill that increased senators’ allowances to make ASUC more accessible to low-income applicants.
“I meticulously studied regulations, learned how to write laws and open letters, attended workshops, and… immersed myself in the ecosystem of student government,” Deorah said. “I learned how to work with people of different opinions and get laws passed.”
In his position as Legislative Director this year, Deorah authored and co-sponsored a bill encouraging the campus to implement caste protections in its anti-discrimination policy, an achievement he says has caught the attention of outside organizations.
In addition to ASUC, Deorah has volunteered in Washington, DC, and is an Eagle Scout. He credits these experiences for developing his leadership, communication and collaboration skills.
“I’m a good networker, I’m personable, and I know people from different communities so I can get opinions from a wide variety of people,” Deorah said.
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