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Our vision for the Organizing Commission is to amplify the connection between our legislative and organizing efforts to be as effective as possible. Democracy is 95% showing up whether it is to a demonstration or to the polls; it is critical that we work diligently side by side to mobilize our students and create solid relationships of support amongst our campus and the UC system. One of our primary goals for the year is to help uncover the intersections between our collective struggles here on campus, statewide, and national between our students and workers. The goal of this commission is to mobilize the UCI students and staff, uplift students through creating connections and addressing power relationships at the University and systemwide levels. We will hold conferences, talks, and peaceful demonstrations that help educate students on the struggles faced across campuses nationwide and map out the steps we can take to help make a change on a personal level to empower the collective.

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns!

Organizing Director: organizing@asuci.uci.edu || Office Hours: TBA

Organizing Aide: organizing@asuci.uci.edu || Office Hours: TBA

Labor Coordinator: TBD

UC I Decide Coordinator: ucidecide@asuci.uci.edu || Office Hours: TBA

Organizing Director & Aide: 

The mission of the Organizing Commissioner is to inform and mobilize the student body at UCI in campaigns that pressure the UC into providing the best education possible. This means a university that not only provides a safe community for students to grow and develop, but spaces where they can discover and thrive. Therefore, the focus of the commission will be on providing support to our cultural organizations and resource centers on campus in order to better cater to student’s actual needs. Furthermore, the office will focus on larger issues related to social justice through various campaigns. The Commissioner must recognize that each of the issues focused on throughout the year are all inextricably intertwined, of equal importance, and rooted in a common oppressor. The Organizing Commissioner’s main job is to report back on UCSA Action Items to the Organizing team and interpret them for how they see fit at UC Irvine. Strategize with coordinates on campaigns, actions, and programs. Task interns with participating in events, publicizing events, and grassroots outreach.

Labor Coordinator: 

The Labor Organizing coordinator will focus on uplifting labor workers through building coalitions with organizations and communities not limited to: AFSCMEUAWNational Nurses UnionStudent Labor Action Project, and Student workers on campus. The Labor Organizing focus will work on coalition building and organizing initiatives coordinated with these aforementioned organizations. In our commitment to social justice, we must preserve the right of all folx to live a life of dignity, and in the face of injustice and opposition from administration, we must mobilize and fight for the disenfranchised workers who are deprived of their right to the pursuit of happiness.

UC I Decide Coordinator:

As UC I Decide Commissioner, I coordinate the voter engagement efforts with my team.

We believe it is important for the UCI undergraduate population to stay civically engaged and exercise their right to vote. As a nonpartisan commission, our primary focus is promoting voter education and engagement. We actively register students to vote by tabling on campus, reaching out to students in classes (class announcements), partnering with on-campus organizations, and hosting various events. Our events will include community partners, candidates, spokespersons, and more. Our commission’s goal is to empower students to vote and increase access to voter participation.

Organizing Director

Steven Gong (He/Him)
Hi! My name’s Steven, pronouns he/him/his. I’m a political science, economics, and human biology third-year returning to the office for a third-year, where I’ll be serving as Organizing Director to advocate for our students on the campuswide, local, state, and federal levels. I’m particularly passionate about healthcare reform and economic justice, and with the historical challenges we faced as students during remote learning, I’m ready to mobilize our community and its intersections to collectively face the challenges of today. With the back-to-campus environment, the everchanging pandemic, the political climate, and the unpredictable challenges college students face, our office will be doing its best to secure equitable, student-centered policies, education, and empowerment for all our community. See you on campus and catch me in my office hours! :D

Organizing Aide

TBD
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Labor Coordinator

Ye In Kim (She/Hers)
Hi everyone! My name is Ye In Kim and I will be serving as your Labor Coordinator for the 2021-2022 school year! I am a second year Political Science major and considering a minor in Criminology, Law, and Society. Some of my goals are to introduce labor workers and labor unions to educate UCI students on the importance of this topic, create comfortable opportunities that bring connection with labor organizations and communities, and arrange spaces for students to meet and take part in this advocacy physically. Furthermore, I hope to develop a setting where students can feel comfortable raising their voices, opinions, and questions. Please feel free to reach out to me! I am so excited to see you all back on campus ~

UC I Decide Coordinator

Shinjini Das (She/Hers)
Hello! My name is Shinjini Das and I am a 2nd-year Biological Sciences major with a minor in psychology. Last year, I served as a staffer in the Organizing Commission, and this year I’m so excited to be serving as the 2021-2022 UC I Decide Coordinator! Our generation holds the power to bridge equity gaps in political participation and I intend to help the study body of UCI to have their voices be heard as well as create a strong infrastructure for future elections. Additionally, I hope to work on institutionalizing voting for students and to keep students engaged and participating in our democracy on campus. If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please feel free to contact me!