Academic Advocacy Commission

Academic Advocacy is a commission that aims to support the prominent concerns of the student body. Each year projects pushed through this commission will change depending on what support students need to ensure a healthy and successful experience at UCI.
This year, the commission is focused on: decreasing costs of academic resources, researching in mental health specifically related to college academics and providing various resources on standardized test prep. This commission will execute the pertinent projects needed to improve the UCI student experience.
E-Mail: academicadvocacy[at]asuci.uci.edu
Event information coming soon!
The Academic Advocacy – Mental Health Commission works to destigmatize, educate, and support undergraduate students at UCI. Through collaborations with the Office of the President, the Mental Health Academic Advocacy Commission produces informative events and conferences to raise awareness, creates advocacy materials, and researches causes and solutions for mental illnesses. We plan to bring awareness on the effects of mental health on academic performance and in turn, provide training for professors and faculty to support these students. By prioritizing mental health, we can ensure fulfillment and unity in our student body.
I will be working on the Academic Resources project that aims to decrease academic materials cost for all students at UCI. My project is about setting goals to achieve textbook affordability and other academic materials for UC Irvine students. I will also be working with the other UCs Academic Affairs to make this project state-wide for all students of other campuses. It is my first time being involved with ASUCI and also my first time being given such an important project regarding the students’ financial well-being. I hope to work successfully with my commissioners and fellow interns to give back to the school and the community, aiming at the issue of decreasing academic materials cost to enhance the students’ life and experience at UCI.
The Academic Advising project aims to provide students with the resources they need to succeed academically. This liaison is in the process of having a class called “Navigating Life After Undergrad” designed to help educate students and provide an environment for them to thrive in. While this class is mainly focused on graduate school tests (GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc.), the top priority is to ensure that students are reaching their full potential whether or not they choose to pursue further schooling after graduating.

Academic Advocacy Liaisons

Yvonne Li
Yvonne LiMental Health Advocacy Liaison
Hi all! My name’s Yvonne and I am this year’s Academic Affairs’ Mental Health Advocacy Liaison. I am a huge advocate for de-stigmatizing mental health. Part of my position is to research mental health causes and solutions for university students. I hope to build a stronger foundation at UCI where students struggling with mental health can feel welcome, supported, loved, and understood. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you just want to talk! 🙂
Blair Huynh
Blair HuynhAcademic Resources Liaison
Hi everyone!
My name is Blair Huynh and I am a second year, majoring in Public Health Sciences. I will be your Commissioner of Academic Resources; Academic Advocacy for the year of 2016-2017. I am beyond glad that I was given an opportunity to be working on a new project of Academic Affairs VP. Academic Advocacy is a new commission that aims to support the prominent concerns of the student body. Each year projects pushed through this commission will change depending on what support students need to ensure a healthy and successful experience at UCI. This year, the commission is focused on: decreasing costs of academic resources, researching in mental health specifically related to college academics and providing various resources on standardized test prep. I will be working on the Academic Resources project that aims to decrease academic materials cost for all students at UCI. My project is about setting goals to achieve textbook affordability and other academic materials for UC Irvine students. I will also be working with the other UCs Academic Affairs to make this project state-wide for all students of other campuses. It is my first time being involved with ASUCI and also my first time being given such an important project regarding the students’ financial well-being. I hope to work successfully with my commissioners and fellow interns to give back to the school and the community, aiming at the issue of decreasing academic materials cost to enhance the students’ life and experience at UCI.
Elizabeth Nguyen
Elizabeth NguyenAcademic Advising Liaison
Hi friends! My name is Elizabeth and I am a huge advocate for improving our standards for academic advising for the upcoming school year. ASUCI along with AGS is hoping to help implement different ways for students to study for standardized tests after our undergraduate years including the GRE, MCAT, and LSAT. Stay tuned & don’t be afraid to reach out if you need help!

Academic Advocacy Interns

Steven Jiang
Steven JiangMental Health Intern
Hello, my name is Zhuonan (Steven) Jiang and I will be an intern for Mental Health for the 2016- 2017 school year. I am a First year student currently major in Civil Engineering. This year I am excited to learn what factors cause mental stress on students and what can the Mental Health Commission do to relieve some of the stress! I am looking forward to being a part of the commission and help the UCI community with the best of my ability!
Jeanny Luu
Jeanny LuuAcademic Resources Intern
Hi, my name is Jeanny Luu! I’m a second year Undecided/Undeclared student. I am currently an ambassador at UCI for an app called Zumper and an intern in the Academic Affairs Vice President’s office under Academic Advocacy. This year I am working with my liaison, Blair, to reduce the cost of academic resources by trying to acquire a textbook scanner for the UCI. With this textbook scanner, students will be able to access the pdf versions of textbooks for free instead of buying the physical copy of the book for hundreds of dollars. As an intern, I am excited to see what ASUCI has in store for me this year!
Karim Arabi
Karim ArabiAcademic Advising Intern
Hello, I’m Karim. I’m a 4th year Biomedical Engineering Major. This will be my third year in ASUCI. I hope to continue working to enhance student experience on campus and to allow for meaningful dialogue to develop that will help our community and students grow. I am hoping to give back to campus by working with student government and that I leave an impact regardless how small on this campus. I’m also looking forward to make several connections with other staff and students and to grow as an individual.
Maria Mapoy
Maria MapoyAcademic Advocacy Intern
Hello! My name is Maria Mapoy and I am a first year student majoring in Cognitive science. As a first year student I have come to realize that the transition into college life and finding your career path is very difficult. Both academic and mental factors play a role in the struggle to reach one’s goal. I think it is very important for a student to know what resources are available to them as well as make sure these resources are affordable. My goal therefore is to be an advocate to help those on their path to success.
Natalie Berrios
Natalie BerriosAcademic Advocacy Intern
Hi, my name is Natalie Berrios! I’m currently a second year and my major is Chicana/o and Latina/ o Studies. I am excited to be interning for the Academic Affairs office under Academic Advocacy. I will be helping in the project for reducing costs of academic materials and providing opportunities to help students prepare for standardized tests. I am looking forward to being an advocate for students as well as an advocate for their well-being. My goal is to make a difference for UCI students by voicing their opinions and concerns. It’s my first year being involved in ASUCI and I am looking forward to working with other commissioners and interns to help the UC and UCI community.
Christina Bo Yue
Christina Bo YueAcademic Advocacy Intern
Hi everyone! My name is Christina Yue and I am currently a freshman majoring in Business Economics. I am beyond grateful to be a part of ASUCI as I love meeting and making connections with everyone. I am very excited to work under Elizabeth this year to provide students different opportunities to prepare for standardized tests such as the MCAT. I hope as I continue to grow as a person and a student at UCI, I will simultaneously help other students develop their own individuality and interests to its full potential. Also, fun fact, I am a figure skater on Team USA.