With the start of a new academic year, there are many new faces among us, including those of campus leadership. In the coming months, I will be introducing some of them to you on this blog. Let me first introduce our Associated Students of the University of California Davis (ASUCD) executive leadership. Both of these wonderful individuals are passionate advocates for their peers and proud Aggies.
Chancellor Linda Katehi with ASUCD President Mariah Watson and Vice President Gareth Smythe.
Mariah K. Watson President of ASUCD, born and raised in Los Angeles, is a senior majoring in international relations and political science. She is also a UC Regent Scholar. During her time at UC Davis, Mariah has been actively involved in many different clubs and organizations on campus. She has worked as:
- A commissioner on the Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission
- A Peer Education and Community Empowerment (PEACE) Trainer at the Cross Cultural Center (CCC)
- The Black Graduation Student Assistant
- An ASUCD Senator
- A representative on the Black Leadership Council and a number of other leadership positions
Mariah is committed to giving back to the UC Davis community and clearly enjoys doing so. As ASUCD President, she is consistently inspired by the amazing students at UC Davis and does her best to promote their successes and struggles. During her tenure with ASUCD, Mariah has already:
- Set-up the Swipe Out Hunger campaign for The ASUCD Pantry
- Initiated statewide advocacy meetings with Governor Brown’s office
- Re-established a student advisory committee for the City of Davis
- Facilitated multiple trust and community forums between students and police departments in Davis
- Established student representation on a number of committees at UC Davis.
She plans to finish her time as President by increasing student internship opportunities and partnerships with on-campus departments as well as advocating at the Capitol and on campus for additional mental health services. .
Gareth Smythe Vice President of ASCUD, born and raised in Orange County, is a senior majoring in political science and history. He became involved with ASUCD during his first year of college, and served as:
- Vice Chair of the ASUCD Internal Affairs Commission
- Volunteer for the administrative student advocacy office, ASUCD University Affairs
- An intern for three ASUCD senators
In his second year, Gareth was elected to the ASUCD Senate, where he served as President Pro Tempore. In spring of 2015, he was appointed by ASUCD President Mariah Watson and later confirmed by the Senate to fill the vacant position of Vice President.
In that capacity, he serves as the presiding officer over the Senate and assists the President in advocacy and representation of the student body to university, city, state, and federal officials. He is also the steward of the ASUCD Scholarship and Awards program.
- Conducts undergraduate research for Professor Amber Boydstun in the Department of Political Science.
- Serves as a Letters & Science Peer Advisor
- Is a tutor at the Student Academic Success Center for Political Science and History.
- Co-chairs the 2015 Stride for Aggie Pride 5K
Gareth enjoys Iced Mochas from the student-run Coffee House, long walks in the Arboretum, helping students find new ways to engage with academic material, and being inspired by his fellow Aggies’ individual stories and perspectives.
Mariah and Gareth are wonderful examples of the kinds of devoted and hardworking students we are so fortunate to have on our campus. Please join me in thanking them for their continued dedication to the student body and for their commitment to ensuring that each Aggie has their voice heard.
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