Dashay “DaDa” Richmond
Hello! My name is Dashay Richmond, I am a third-year psychology major (Potentially a Sociology Double🤞🏽) and I have the honor of being your Interim EVP!
I love music with a passion and actually DJ in my free time. I enjoy meeting new people and going to new places and trying new things. I’ve moved around a lot, Born in Washington state, Raised in Portland Oregon, and then moved to Sacramento, and have become accustomed to changing environments. Being a Bi-Racial African American male in our contemporary society has shown me a lot of different ways in which this world is and has helped enlighten me to other perspectives of the struggles folx experience and I want to be able to make the world a one filled with equality for all. As this is my second year in EVP, I have grown accustomed to the way in which to navigate with admin and the way in which EVP itself functions. One of the main issues that have plagued EVP is overwhelming pressure and duties and I will do everything in my power to help facilitate a student government that works cohesively and can work towards a better UCI smarter together instead of harder alone. In order to accomplish this, there are a few things I belive can push us towards a better UCI.
This year, my main focuses will be:
1) Create and facilitate a positive campus climate:
I believe that having a better campus climate can encourage students, faculty, and admin to work as cohesively as possible so students voices are heard. This will allow the changes that everyone wants to see within our campus to be fulfilled and lead to a better overall experience at UCI, not filled with hierarchical decisions that negatively impact students, discrimination faced by members at all intersections of society, allowing them to focus on their education without any issues. By also working on issues that students face every day such as hunger, homelessness, financial burdens, and mental health issues, the way in which students are able to navigate the campus can become a more positive and welcoming environment. Within our student government, this also means working together on projects that may be similar enough so less labor is required for more people and events, tasks, and stress can be increasingly diminished.
2) Be a true voice of the students:
As the External VP sits in on many decisions that are made directly impacting students, I would want to be a true representative of the students on campus, voicing concerns and the issues students want to be improved on campus. I want UCI to be a place where everyone can flourish so by creating a cabinet of different identities on campus from different organizations on campus, the issues can be voiced in an environment where all needs can be heard and accommodated. By also allowing these students representing themselves not only at UCI but on a Local, Statewide, and National level, we can come just a bit closer to a better world.
3) Empower students to get involved in Political affairs:
In many places within America, there are people who sit in power claiming they are representatives of their districts, cities, and states. However, as students, we are burdened with focusing on our studies and cramming for midterms and finals. Older generations continuously complain about how our generation doesn’t vote and can’t understand that this old way of voting and registering to do so is completely outdated and we don’t have time to just sit and research candidates when we are focused on our UROP proposals. However, if we bring our issues directly to the politicians and work on picking candidates that will hear OUR voices and realize that we are a force to be reckoned with. Promoting Lobbying visits to our city hall, our state capital, and the capital of our nation, we can show this country our generation is going to be heard no matter what it takes
UCI has a lot of power and a student body that can make their voices heard if we come together to fix the problems instead of allowing differences to tear us apart and punish us instead of being celebrated. I wish to be the best asset to everyone and help UCI move closer to a better tomorrow! I hope to meet you one day and have a wonderful year!
The Office of the External Vice President primarily focuses on advocating for the most marginalized voices on UC Irvine’s campus. The goal of the office is to uplift the voices of folks who traditionally have been excluded from spaces of higher education. The External Vice President Office works to promote student advocacy on a local, statewide and national level in order to bring awareness to the importance of affordability, accessibility, quality, safety and diversity at UCI. The EVP office organizes around tuition, worker solidarity, and advancing human rights, the EVP office hopes to address injustices and support advocacy work and legislation that further challenges these issues.
This year our Office will focus on local efforts. It is my observation that traditionally the office will focus on national efforts but I would like to turn the focus on our immediate Anteater community and work with on campus organizations to bring a cohesion on what the community needs and work from the group up. It is my mission to bring the ASUCI Office of the Internal Vice President and Office of the President to my side as well for these efforts.
Office Hours: Fridays 12:00 pm at 2:30 pm