At UC Davis, we have a long-standing tradition of selecting a group of students every year to serve as student assistant to the Chancellor. This tradition was started in the late 20th century and continues today. The student assistants are a liaison between the student body and the administration. They assist students with problems and concerns, and also advise the administration on student life and issues. Each year, we get great candidates applying and the selection committee and I always have a tough decision on whom to select.
With the spring quarter upon us, I want to again thank each of the student assistants for their hard work and enthusiasm. Each of them has worked diligently since last fall on making UC Davis a better Aggie community. Here is a brief summary of just some of what they have done.
Undergraduate Student Assistants:
Daniela de la Cruz Alvarez – A graduating senior with an economics and communication double major, Daniela spearheaded several campaigns to educate the UC Davis community about the needs of undocumented students. Daniela has also been passionate about creating a more positive and inclusive campus climate through Sustained Dialogues, partnering with different on-campus departments and student organizations to host events around selected topics of importance.
Shehzad Lokhandwalla – A senior graduating in June with a major in computer science and a minor in education, Shehzad is from India and has been a strong advocate for international students since freshman year. As a student assistant, he has worked been an advocate for creating an international space at UC Davis as well as increased funding to the UCs.
Naftali Moed – A third-year student majoring in environmental policy analysis and planning, with a minor in landscape restoration, Naftali has been working on efforts to advance sustainable agriculture on campus. He has also been involved in Carbon Neutrality Student Outreach and Engagement Planning to develop an outreach plan for the UC System’s 2025 Carbon Neutrality Initiative.
Our graduate student assistant also serves in an advisory capacity to the Dean of Graduate Studies.
Angel Hinzo (Winnebago/Ho-Chunk) -A Ph.D. candidate in Native American Studies, with a designated emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research, Angel received her B.A. in history from the UC San Diego. As the graduate student assistant, she has been working on concerns voiced in the 2013-14 Diversity Dialogues on Graduate Education as well as continuing dialogues on social justice at UC Davis.
Our assistants have all made positive contributions to my office and to the UC Davis community. Their passion for improving student life, both for graduate and undergraduate students, has been evident in everything that they’ve taken on.
Left to Right: Angel Hinzo, Naftali Moed, Linda Katehi, Daniela de la Cruz Alvarez, Shehzad Lokhandwalla. Photo credit: Shehzad Lokhandwalla.
If you are interested in serving as the Undergraduate Student Assistant to the Chancellor, applications are now being accepted till May 7th, 2015. Visit here for more information.
For more information about the Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean and Chancellor position, visit here.
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