My name is Sadia Ashraf and I am running to be your next Vice President of Academic Affairs. My involvement with ASI as the Director of Undeclared Students has made me realize my passion for helping students. I brought forth concerns pertaining to my constituents to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies where we worked together to come up with solutions. I made sure resources were readily offered on campus, with myself being easily accessible to students as a resource. My life in many ways has changed this past year; I learned skills that will be helpful for when I do eventually become the VPAA. I grew more confident in myself, and met some amazing people who encouraged me to strive for the best. I brought change to the ASI board by being able to provide a different perspective on things. As a first generation student who is a minority from a low income immigrant family, I feel that my perspective is very unique, but also representative of the student body. It is important for me to recognize my background and advocate for issues that I see as a problem on campus. The support and expertise I have been granted by professionals and family alike has made me the person I am today. This year, I would like to Pay it Forward by dedicating my time and energy to becoming the next VPAA to advocate for student rights and improving college success and accessibility for all students. I am committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and diverse campus for all students. So allow me to Pay it Forward by electing me as your next VPAA.
My name is Salma Pacheco and I am running for Vice President of Academic Affairs. I am the Vice President of Ignite as well as an active member of Phi Alpha Delta and Mujeres Ayudando la Raza. During the pandemic we have been pushed to our academic, emotional, and financial limits and I want to make it my job to inform and advise faculty how to better support their students. My first year at Sac State I started as a freshman however, I was also considered a transfer student due to my community college credits. My unique experience allows me to understand many students who attend Sac State, such as upper division courses, learning new resources, clubs, and programs, and the feeling of being on a new campus. Thus, I believe I am the most qualified candidate to innovate financial requirements, educate faculty on student needs, and advocate for students. I hope to receive your vote on April 7 and 8th!