Legislative Affairs Commission
Legislative Affairs Commissioner
Hello my fellow Anteaters! My name is Stephanie Iraheta and I have the honor to serve you all as the Legislative Affairs Commissioner for the 2018-2019 school year. I am a 2nd year studying Public Health Policy and Art. With this unusual combo I am able to study two subjects that are part of who I am. For over 4 years I have been a social justice advocate in the city of Los Angeles, with my ambassador program I lead workshops about food justice, gender equity, environmental justice, and mental health. Having an equitable opportunity for every individual in my community is important to me so it is something I hope to accomplish through my career once I am done with my degrees. With that I also want to involve my 4 years of my art education in my high school where I majored in the visual arts. Through my advocacy I was able to express many frustrations and emotions through my art which which led to me being more inspired to work in places that can make progress to problems that cause such emotions. With these two very distinct parts of me I joined ASUCI Legislative Affairs because it is working for a equitable higher education for not just us but the generations after us. As a Local Intern last year I grew very passionate with the work we do, such as lobbying representatives on bills that affect students and conferences to get students to learn about student organizing. I am so excited to work with the local, state and federal government to fight for the equitable opportunity here in our community of UCI. Of course I will be adding in my creative side through out the year as well! So, please feel free to ask me any questions during my office hours!
Hello All! My name is Mrrik Noubarentz, and I will be your Federal Coordinator under the Legislative Affairs Commission for the 2018-2019 School Year. I am a second year Political Science and Criminology double major. I’m very excited to address the concerns of the students at UCI and make sure they are presented at a federal level. You are more than welcome to reach out to me at any time to express your interest in federal affairs, becoming more involved, or to voice your opinion on issues that should be evaluated.
Jennifer Stephanie Barillas
I’m Jennifer Stephanie Barillas and I have the pleasure of serving as your State Coordinator under the Legislative Affairs Commission for the 2018-2019 school year. I am a second year from San Diego, CA and am pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. I am passionate about uplifting the voice of students at the state level and strive to provide a medium for students to interact with issues they care for. In order to bring attention to issues that affect UCI students and elevate student voices, State Affairs will commit to lobbying state legislators in their offices at Sacramento.
Furthermore, State Affairs will be working with the University of California Student Association (UCSA) to advocate for their undergraduate campaigns that affect all UC students.
If you are interested in State Affairs, would like to become further involved in any capacity, or have an issue you care about – please, reach out to me.
Our staff is primarily responsible for conducting lobby visits with legislators and public officials to advocate for issues that affect students in addition to phone banking and holding town halls.
We also work intensively with the Organizing Commission to create and carry out comprehensive campaigns for federal, statewide, and local affairs.
The Legislative Affairs Commission essentially advocates for students off campus and is the reminder for officials that higher education accessibility and affordability is their priority.
Structure of the Legislative Affairs Commission
The Legislative Affairs Commission is separated into three focuses.
Each focus has a coordinator which leads the efforts that correlate to their position description.
All Legislative Affairs Coordinators are overseen by the Legislative Affairs Commissioner.
The Legislative Affairs Commission collectively works on projects that have been delegated by any of the following peoples; the Commissioner, Chief of Staff, External Vice President or of course the students of this University.
Please read below to learn more about what each coordinator contributes to the Legislative Affairs Commission.
LOCAL LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS COORDINATOR: The Local Legislative Affairs Coordinator will serve to advocate for the student body at the local level. This includes lobbying the Irvine City Council, engaging in community organizations on and off campus, and increasing the transparency between students and the UCI administration. Issues that will be worked on will primarily center around basic needs security, police accountability, and voter engagement. This year, we plan to work side by side with UCI Decide to get students to vote for the Midterm elections in November. As well as, we plan to host or go to town halls in order to get students more involved with the local government here in Irvine. We want also are aiming to visit the representatives that represent our students in district and develop a better relationship or know between them and our students. Long term goal is get students to grow their knowledge of what the local government can do for them and get them more knowledgeable about what their role is as a citizen is within the local structure.
STATE LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS COORDINATOR: The State staff will serve to advocate for the student body at the state level. Advocacy efforts primarily center on our state legislators, UC Office of the President (UCOP), and the UC Regents. We work in partnership with the University of California Student Association (UCSA) who provide support in Sacramento as well as AFSCME (the largest trade union in the US). Legislation supported in the 2017 – 2018 year include helping the undocumented community (SB 54, AB 540), basic needs security (SB 307), and college affordability (AB 1178). State staff also help to prepare students to lobby in Sacramento during UCSA’s Student Lobby Conference (SLC). Time will primarily be spent hosting town halls, phone banking, and participating in lobby visits both in-district and at the state capitol.
FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS COORDINATOR: The Federal Staff will serve to advocate for the student body at the federal level. Advocacy efforts will primarily target members of the Senate and House of Representatives. Legislation supported include those that help our most vulnerable communities within UCI and as always fighting to fund our education. Time will primarily be spent hosting town halls, phone banking, e-advocacy efforts, connecting with national organizations, and participating in lobby visits both in-district and at DC.