Student Advocate General

Daniel  Martinez


Mission Statement

“The mission of the Office of the Student Advocate General is to empower student success through collaborating with the campus and surrounding community with students’ best interest in mind. We are committed to serving as a visible resource for personal and academic achievement by providing an intentional support structure for students.”

Duties & Responsibilities

The Office of the Student Advocate General is committed to providing and ensuring equity and advocacy on behalf of the undergraduate student body here at UCI. The Student Advocate General develops and implements campus climate-based responses and initiatives, on behalf of the varying demographics and intersecting identities of the UCI undergraduate community. The Office collaborates with students and administration in relation to Student Affairs to establish that the student perspective is both present and accurate. This includes spaces that are intended to provide support and reporting services. This Office is designated to serve and represent the undergraduate student body at UCI. Lastly, this Office provides advocacy, education, and community support on behalf of students.

Daniel Martinez

2nd Year | Mechanical Engineering Major

Hello UCI Community!

My name is Daniel Martinez and I am honored to serve as your ASUCI Student Advocate General for the Academic Year 2018-2019. I am a second year Mechanical Engineering student and I identify as a Filipino-American from the beautiful city of Long Beach, California! As the Student Advocate General, I hope to serve you all with purpose and efficiency. I have served as the ASUCI Engineering Senator for Fall Quarter 2018 and as a Vendor Fair Intern in the Office of the Internal Vice President for the academic year 2017-2018. Through these positions, I have reestablished the dialogue between ASUCI and Greek Life, worked with Engineering Student Council to host mental health awareness workshops in the engineering side of campus such as therapy dog events, conducted feedback assessments for engineering students to be voiced to the Dean, and met with the Dean of Engineering to discuss student concerns. I am also involved in Engineering Student Council as a Corporate Affairs Committee Member, working with other members to host professional development workshops for engineering students. Currently, I also serve as one of the Programs Suite Coordinators for Kababayan’s 40th annual Pilipinx-American Culture Night, working with my co-suite coordinators and cast members to develop flyers for publication and take pictures for the memories :-). I love EDM and Pop and some of my favorite songs include “This is Me” – Keala Seattle from The Greatest Showman, “Test Drive” by Joji, and “8TEEN” by Khalid. Some of my interests include Filipino food (ma sarap ang balut at lechon!), photography, 7Leaves House Coffee with easy ice, easy sweet, & one shot of espresso, and baseball (Go Angels!). I am extremely passionate about authentic & vulnerable leadership and inclusivity. I hope that together, we, as an Anteater family, can facilitate a safe and inclusive space for all UCI students on our campus.  Below are my 2018-2019 goals for the Office of the Student Advocate General.

  • Rebrand the Office of the Student Advocate General by hiring core staff that support the mission of the Office and ASUCI as a whole.
  • Optimize the ASUCI complaint process by establishing quick links to the ASUCI complaint form on the ASUCI website and quickly following through on complaints within 24-48 hours.
  • Increase transparency of the ASUCI budget by allowing every UCI student to view the budget and see where their ASUCI fees are going.
  • Conduct needs-assessment on a regular basis to better understand the needs of the UCI undergraduate community.
  • Ensure that all demographic groups are fairly represented in ASUCI and that it remains a safe, inclusive space for all students at UCI.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions! 🙂

Daniel Palafox
Daniel PalafoxInternal Student Advocate General
Second Year – Criminology, Law, & Society and Urban Studies – Thursday: 1:20PM-2:20PM
Tran To
Tran ToExternal Student Advocate General
Second Year – Business Administration, Minors in Global Sustainability and Political Science – Monday: 1PM-2PM
Zachary Sin
Zachary SinChief Accountability Officer
Second Year – Biological Sciences, Minor in Bioinformatics – Monday: 4PM-5PM
Constance Lin
Constance LinStudent Conduct Caseworker
Third Year – Criminology, Law, & Society – Monday: 12PM-1PM
Diana Acuña
Diana AcuñaAcademic Caseworker
Second Year – Political Science – Tuesday: 12:30PM-1:30PM

The Responsibilities of the Student Advocate General

  • Representing UCI students in discussions with Campus Administration
  • Aiding UCI students in filing complaints against ASUCI
  • Educating UCI students about their rights
  • Providing assistance to students with disciplinary action taken by the university against them
  • Directing students to spaces that are intended to provide support and reporting services

The Role of the Student Advocate General

  • To advocate on behalf of the concerns of the UCI undergraduate community as they relate to the various institutional bodies, this includes, but are not limited to ASUCI, faculty, staff, and campus administration
  • The Student Advocate General acts as a third-party to ensure checks and balances within student government
    • The Office can also initiate charges of violation of the ASUCI Constitution to fellow members of ASUCI
  • In regards to Internal Affairs:
    • At request, the Student Advocate General may assist in finding an informal resolution through mediation, shuttle diplomacy or by other means
  • The Office of the Student Advocate General does not replace or substitute for formal grievance, investigative or appeal processes made available by the university. In addition, the Office does not have any authority to make decisions or enact policy.

Impartiality

  • The Office of the Student Advocate General is a neutral body within ASUCI and does not represent the university or individuals in matters brought to its attention. The office advocates for fairness and equity.

Confidentiality

  • It is important to note that this Office is not legally required to maintain confidentiality.
  • In most scenarios the Student Advocate General will practice confidence with any information.
  • Prior to disclosure, students should be aware that the law in the State of California mandates that information may be appropriately shared if you are in imminent harm to yourself or to others, when there is an indication of child or elder abuse, or if you are gravely disabled.

Notice

  • The Office of the Student Advocate General does not serve as an office of notice or record for the university.