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Student Senate Elections

​​​​​What: 2017-2018 ASOCC Student Senate Elections

Who: All currently registered OCC students who have paid thier College Service Charge can vote for up to 9 Student Senators to serve during the  2017-2018 academic year

When: Monday, April 17th – Friday, April 21st until 12:00 noon

Where: www.occvotes.com or there will be elections tables during the following places and times:

Monday 04/17 from 9am-3pm: In front of the Literature & Language Building
Tuesday 04/18 from 9am-3pm: In front of Starbucks
Wednesday 04/19 from 9am-3pm: OCC Main Quad
Thursday 04/20 from 9am-3pm: OCC Main Quad


​Why: The Student Senators who are elected during this upcoming week will serve as the official voice of the students who attend Orange Coast College.  Depending upon enrollment numbers, each Student Senator represents between 2,500 and 3,000 students.  These Student Senators represent the student body on a variety of issues including, but not limited, student input on campus policies and the allocation of the 1.35 million dollar ASOCC budget.


2017-2018 Student Senate Candidate Statements​

Candidate # 1 – Abby DunhamAbby Dunham - 1.JPG

1.  Please describe any past experiences, involvement in school or the community, or other relevant information that pertains to your seeking elected office at OCC.

In high school I was involved in the Cal YMCA Youth and Government program holding my delegations secretary position and a clerk position in an entire program area. I'm interested in politics and government especially at a level that affects me and my peers. I've also been involved with and canvassed for several local congressional candidates, Sue Savary and Doug Applegate.

​2.  Please describe why you are seeking the position of Student Senator.

I want to continue to be connected to students, opportunities, and organizations at OCC. When I first started last semester I had no idea where to start or how to get involved. Now that I know about student senate I want to be a part of it and make OCC a better place for every student.


Katherine Hoang - 2.JPGCandidate # 2 – Katherine Hoang

1.  Please describe any past experiences, involvement in school or the community, or other relevant information that pertains to your seeking elected office at OCC.

Service has been a huge part of my life. Prior to my attendance at OCC, I founded and served on campus level and district level leadership positions for 501(c) non profit organizations, such as the Kiwanis Family and the Youth Leadership Collective. During my time, I have created bylaws and programs, analyzed public policy, and proposed ways to make these organizations more efficient. I also wield experience with advocacy and digital media as a social media correspondent for Womens Speak, a national girls' empowerment initiative. For whatever position I partake, I strive to go above and beyond the general expectations because I believe in the strength of growing through the service of others.


2.  Please describe why you are seeking the position of Student Senator.

During my time at Orange Coast College, I remain drawn to its unique character, charm and diverse population. Each student brings different experiences and talents to the table, but we have that common thread of being involved in some way on campus. For that, I want to advocate for a higher engagement amongst students and more resources for student clubs and organizations. I want to provide more transparency and access for those in need of scholarship funds, mental health services and better career connections. As Senator, I plan to lead our campus to meet the many challenges to creating our campus a viable place for people to learn and grow.


Candidate # 3 – Viktoriia VasilevaViktoriia Vasileva - 3.JPG

1.  Please describe any past experiences, involvement in school or the community, or other relevant information that pertains to your seeking elected office at OCC.

I aim to be a leader in academics: actively participating in class discussions and eager to do extra research, I am proud to be on Dean`s List.
As a SGOCC member, I help out with events organized by ASOCC and, as a part of Advocacy Committee in particular, I have participated in Task Forces and projects to improve student services and resources on campus.
In addition, proud to belong to OCC Global Engagement Center Team, together with my colleagues I have been trying to make all OCC international students, like myself, feel welcome and provide them with every help possible.

2.  Please describe why you are seeking the position of Student Senator.

As a college student in a foreign country, I have personally experienced many struggles OCC students go through: education system drawbacks, academic struggles, etc. But most importantly: I have seen other students go through similar problems. Therefore, I have strong and clear motivation to make student life easier to navigate for my peers with the knowledge I have obtained so far and the time and effort I am willing to put into it. It would be an honor for me to collaborate with OCC students, make sure their opinions are heard and their suggestions are implemented.


Chanelle Nguyen - 4.JPGCandidate # 4 – Chanelle Nguyen

1.  Please describe any past experiences, involvement in school or the community, or other relevant information that pertains to your seeking elected office at OCC.

I've been involved with associated student body for three years. I've upheld an elected position in Girls' League ( historian ), Associated body ( ASB secretary), and in Safe School Ambassador ( an ambassador ).

​2.  Please describe why you are seeking the position of Student Senator.

I want to seek the position because I have the experience, overlooking budgets minutes and working with leadership. I also want to experience the college associated student life.





Candidate # 5 – Erfan Behrangi

1. Please describe any past experiences, involvement in scErfan Behrangi - 5.JPGhool or the community, or other relevant information that pertains to your seeking elected office at OCC.

I am part of the student committee to help students enroll at OCC, help them be successful students once they have joined the school, and ultimately be a voice to represent them. I often tutor my fellow students in the subjects of math, chemistry, and physics. This gives me experience on how to help others. I also participate in sports at OCC, and I am currently part of the Track and Field team. Being on a team has taught me how to work well with others in order to achieve one common goal. 

2. Please describe why you are seeking the position of Student Senator.

I consider myself a social person and I’m always willing to talk and meet with new people. Therefore, I met a lot of students with issues and comments about their experience during my time at OCC, so I have an understanding on how to take what I’ve heard and relay the message. Hearing this issues is what ultimately made me want to become a representative and share those problems with the student body to help make OCC a better campus for student.


Caitlyn Nojiri - 6.JPGCandidate # 6 – Caitlyn Nojiri

1.  Please describe any past experiences, involvement in school or the community, or other relevant information that pertains to your seeking elected office at OCC.

I am currently the President of Amnesty International at OCC, in this position I plan human rights campaigns to advocate against injustices that occur world-wide. In addition, I am a member of Advocacy Committee. In which, I advocate for issues on behalf of the student body. I currently am the chair of the Legislative Affairs task force that reviews legislature regarding higher education and work to maintain relations with targeted legislators. Lastly, I am an intern at Newport Banning Land Trust where I have learned the importance of restoring California’s coastal ecosystems, and legislature involved in restoration projects.

2.  Please describe why you are seeking the position of Student Senator.

I am seeking the position of a student senator to be the advocate for students in regards to their success, the improvement of sustaining the environment of the campus, and promoting resources for all students. Inspired by the discussions in Advocacy Committee I wrote a resolution advocating for digital literacy resources for community college students. I believe that I have an insightful perspective in regards to students as I enjoy learning about individual’s education stories. In addition, I have a background in environmental science, that can contribute to the sustainability committee and their work in promoting an eco-friendly campus.


Candidate # 7 – Haley BurgHaley Burg - 7.JPG

1.  Please describe any past experiences, involvement in school or the community, or other relevant information that pertains to your seeking elected office at OCC.

Through past experiences, I feel like I have gained the knowledge and skills that qualify me for a position on Student Senate. Last semester and this semester, I have been a part of the College Life Committee. With the role of Volunteer Team Coordinator, I have learned a lot about teamwork, student involvement, creativity, responsibility, and having a voice for the student body. Currently, I am also the hospitality director for the Business & Entrepreneur Club. This has taught me how important presentation is and making all students feel welcomed.  In addition, I work on campus in the Job & Internship Center, started my own Fashion Club in High School, and have volunteered at multiple non-profit organizations. 

2.  Please describe why you are seeking the position of Student Senator.

I am seeking a position on Student Senate because I have seen student senators in action in the past ASOCC semester and have felt very motivated and inspired to have a say in what goes on at school, incidents, rules, etc. Being in the College Life Committee has been a great experience, however I am looking to advance and hold a higher position in Student Government. I am really looking forward to the opportunity to run for Student Senate. 


Jeanellee Nguyen - 8.JPGCandidate # 8 – Jeanellee Nguyen

1. Please describe any past experiences, involvement in school or the community, or other relevant information that pertains to your seeking elected office at OCC.

I've been testing the waters of tons of different clubs and organizations! I've always aspired to be involved in ASB, so I attended leadership events every year since my first year of middle school. My previous membership involves PAL, the altar serving community, tntt, and red cross!

2. Please describe why you are seeking the position of Student Senator.

I would love to be a part of senate as my major is Political Science, and I plan to run for a city hall office in the future. I also love being a part of the community and hope to work with my colleagues to inprove the overall aspect of OCC.




Candidate # 9 – Jesse LopezJesse Lopez - 9.JPG

1. Please describe any past experiences, involvement in school or the community, or other relevant information that pertains to your seeking elected office at OCC.

My name is Jesse Lopez and I am a candidate for Senator on the Student Government Association. I am a freshman majoring in Business Administration, and currently enrolled at OCC. My school involvement presently includes being a member of the ASOCC, a Vice President of the Puente Program, Treasurer of the French club, and a member of the Recycling Center Program at OCC. I am seeking a senator position because I am proud “ Pirate” who wants to help make college the best it can be. It is my belief that all opinions need to be heard and considered if elected senator I will use the ability I have as a member of several clubs to bring diverse opinions and ideas to the table.          

2.  Please describe why you are seeking the position of Student Senator.

For the upcoming elections I thought quite a bit about what position I would like to run for on Student Government Association. As a current member of ASOCC I have a general idea what each position is all about, and after a lot of thought I decided to run for Student Senator. I feel that my past experiences in the organization lends itself well to this position. I am willing to work hard to get my goals completed and to multi-task in representing student, and my school in the best way I can.      


Jake Chustz - 10.JPGCandidate # 10 – Jake Chustz

1. Please describe any past experiences, involvement in school or the community, or other relevant information that pertains to your seeking elected office at OCC.

My experiences in the past have shaped the leader I am today. I’ve co-choreographed/directed a full stage production on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sun. Additionally, I help run a yearbook camp at CSULB, manage the counselors, and assist with creative ideas. Through this, I learned how important it is to have an open ear, utilize my voice, stay consistent, be patient and most importantly, what it means to be a leader. While onboard, I encountered individuals from distinctive backgrounds, countries and cultures. By having an open mind and an outspoken demeanor, I provided a voice for their concerns.

2.  Please describe why you are seeking the position of Student Senator.

I want to be a Student Senator because I want to be an active voice for the students on campus. I want to be the voice for those who aren’t heard. A voice for all cultures, religions, backgrounds, ages, genders, and sexualities. I am ambitious, eager to vocalize opinions, and prepared to lead with honesty and an open ear. If given this opportunity, I will do all that I can to help students connect, contributing to the beginning of a positive change on not just the campus, but within the student body as well.


Ethan Wien - 11.JPGCandidate # 11 – Ethan Wien

1. Please describe any past experiences, involvement in school or the community, or other relevant information that pertains to your seeking elected office at OCC.

As a member of "Youth and Government" in high school, I traveled to Sacramento on multiple occasions and lobbied bills in the California Senate Chambers, advocating improvements to our state both fiscally and socially. As a member of the Senate program area my senior year, I spent numerous hours discussing and debating bills that would improve our school and state. I am also a member of the Advocacy Committee here at OCC, where we emphasize our school’s interest on education and financial aid.

2​. Please describe why you are seeking the position of Student Senator.

The position of Student Senate specifically interests me because Senators have the power to improve our school for the better. As an advocate of free speech, I believe that all students deserve a platform in our legislative decisions and every perspective and argument needs to be taken into account with our resolutions. 



Jose Sanchez - 12.JPG

Candidate # 12 – Jose Sanchez

1. Please describe any past experiences, involvement in school or the community, or other relevant information that pertains to your seeking elected office at OCC.

I currently serve as a member of the Student Advocacy Committee, and two of its subcommittees, have an education position at Bolsa Chica Conservancy, and volunteer at Someone Cares Soup Kitchen and Tutoring Center. In all of these, I interact with students and the legislation that affects their lives in and out of school. With this firsthand and secondhand experience with the relationship between legislation and students, not to mention interest in a federal government career, I am aware of how important to all students beneficial legislation being passed is, especially students with as much diversity as those of OCC.



2. Please describe why you are seeking the position of Student Senator.

I seek this position for one very simple reason: the students. Students of all plans and ages and backgrounds. Each of them has a different plan for their and their families’ future success. And I want a stronger role in helping my fellow students get there. To be a part of the student government that ensures the wellbeing and success of all Students is priority in all legislation by working with local and state legislators. I seek office to make sure all students have the same great experience at Orange Coast College, and as Senator that’s exactly what I’ll do.