A.S. Elections




A.S. Student Government Elections 2017
The best time to plant a tree was 120 years ago;
the second best time is now!

Meet Your 2017-2018 A.S. Board of Directors
Terms begin June 1, 2017.

A.S. President: Ariadna Manzo
A.S. Vice President: Cristina Cortes
A.S. Controller: Joshua Villanueva
A.S. Director of Business Affairs: Malik Akil
A.S. Director of Communications: Nayeli Lopez
A.S. Director of Co-curricular Affairs: Andrew Lingao
A.S. Director of Community and Sustainability Affairs: Tessa Mendes
A.S. Director of External Affairs: Oladotun Hospidales
A.S. Director of Faculty Affairs: Armani Donahue
A.S. Director of Intercultural Affairs: Branden Parent
A.S. Director of Internal Affairs: Thi Tran
A.S. Director of Programming Affairs: Parin Patel
A.S. Director of Student Fee Affairs: Jyotsna Kethepalli
A.S. Director of Student Resource Affairs: Chelsea Busick
AS. Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Chelby Gill
A.S. Director of University Advising Affairs: Djalaica de Guzman

To view details of official election results, click here.

Important Documents
Elections Timeline
Candidates for A.S. President
Candidates for A.S. Vice President
Candidates for A.S. Controller
Candidates for Director of Business Affairs
Candidates for Director of Communications
Candidates for Director of External Affairs
Candidates for Director of Co-curricular Affairs
Candidates for Director of Community and Sustainability Affairs
Candidates for Director of Faculty Affa
Candidates for Director of Intercultural Affairs
Candidates for Director of Internal Affairs
Candidates for Director of Programming Affairs
Candidates for Director of Student Fee Affairs
Candidates for Director of Student Resource Affairs
Candidates for Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities
Candidates for Director of University Advising Affairs

Associated Students of San Jose State University has been a student-owned and operated non-profit organization for over 100 years. We are committed to providing services and activities that enhance the opportunity to meet, recreate and maximize student life. Opportunities to get involved and obtain leadership skills are among our highest priorities.  

The Associated Students Board of Directors represent the student body as their governing council and is made up of 16 members, including the Executive Committee which consists of: The President, Vice President and Controller. They are the voice of SJSU students and advocate on their behalf on campus, statewide and national issues affecting them.

The Students' Election Commission (SEC) plans and executes the A.S. Elections. To learn more about the SEC, click here. Contact the Students' Election Commission at (408)924-6242, student-elections@sjsu.edu or visit on the second floor of the A.S. House. Advisors: Kelli Reid, Associate Executive Director, kelli.reid@sjsu.edu, (408)924-6219 and Nancy Nguyen, Student Involvement Senior Coordinator, nancy.t.nguyen01@sjsu.edu, (408)924-5961.

VOTE! April 10 - 13
Voting begins: Monday, April 10 at 7:00pm (immediately following the Candidate Debates)
Voting Ends: Thursday, April 13 at 8:00am

How and where to vote:

Vote online using your SJSU ONE login credentials at:
1. as.sjsu.edu/vote
2. mysjsu.edu

You may also visit any of the following polling places:
POLLING LOCATIONS AND HOURS (April 11 and 12 only.)
King Library (outside): 10:00am - 4:00pm
Clark Hall (outside): - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Event Center (outside): 10:00am - 4:00pm
Art Building (outside): 10:00am - 4:00pm
Housing Quad (outside): 6:00pm - 8:00pm (April 12 only.)

Cast your vote to be entered into a contest to win amazing prizes.
Winners will be chosen by random and announced at the Election Results Party.
Winners do not have to be present to win a prize.
Candidates for elections, the Students’ Election Commission, and the A.S. Board of Directors are not eligible.

Voter Eligibility
All matriculated SJSU students who have paid the most current A.S. activity fees are eligible to participate in the 2017 A.S. Elections. Continuing Education and Open University students are ineligible to vote.


2017 Accountability Form
2017 A.S. Elections Regulation Manual (E.R.M.)
2017 Campaign Advertising Map
2017 Campaign Worker Form
2017 Candidate Expense Sheet
2017 Candidate Orientation and Ethics Session
2017 Candidate Information Packet: includes overview, application form and endorsement form
2017 Candidate Endorsement Form
2017 Voter Information Guide Packet
2016-2017 A.S. Bylaws


Elections Info Sessions: All info sessions will be held at the A.S. House Board Room. Get to know more about Associated Students and the elections process

  • Info Session #1: February 13, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Info Session #2: February 15, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Info Session #3: February 16, 9:00am - 10:00am

Candidate Orientation and Ethics Sessions: Candidates must attend ONE session if planning to participate in elections

  • Candidate Orientation and Ethics #1: February 21, 10:00am - 11:30am, Student Union Meeting Room 3B
  • Candidate Orientation and Ethics #2: February 22, 8:30am - 10:00am, Student Union Meeting Room 3A
  • Candidate Orientation and Ethics #3: February 27, 5:00pm - 6:30pm, Student Union Meeting Room 4B
  • Candidate Orientation and Ethics #4: March 2, 2:00pm - 3:30pm, Student Union Meeting Room 2B
  • Candidate Orientation and Ethics #5: March 3, 11:00am - 12:30pm, Clark Hall Room 547
  • Candidate Orientation and Ethics #6: March 8, 5:00pm - 6:30pm, A.S. House Board Room

March 10: Application deadline; no later than 4:00pm at A.S. House Front Desk
March 15: Candidate Eligibility Notification Deadline


Elections Kick Off
Tuesday, March 21, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Diaz Compean Student Union Meeting Room 4A/B
Kickoff this year's Election Season by getting to meet Candidates and learn more about how a student organization can endorse candidates!

Voter Information Guide (VIG) Release:
Monday, March 27: online version available
Monday, April 3: print version available

Meet the Candidates Mixer
Thursday, April 6, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, CVB Quad

Candidate Endorsement Deadlines
Friday, April 7 at 9:00am

Candidate Debates
Monday, April 10, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Diaz Compean Student Union - Meeting Room 1A/B
Hear your candidates' campaigns while they debate importan campus and community issues.


April 10: Voting begins at 7:00pm (immediately following the Candidate Debates)

April 13: Voting ends at 8:00am

Thursday, April 13, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Smith/Carlos Lawn
Meet the new 2017-2018 A.S. Board of Directors



Student Organization Endorsements
Official Student Organization endorsements for each candidate may be found online at as.sjsu.edu/vote. Endorsements are posted online only and within one week of submission.



Ricky G. Maldonado, President
Alpha Phi Fraternity
Kappa Sigma
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Beta Theta Pi
Pi Kappa Alpha
Alpha Epsilon Pi
Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE-SJSU)

My name is Ricky Maldonado and I am running for President. I believe your college experience should be one you never forget and one you never regret. You've chosen this university in hopes of reaching your greatest dreams. You have invested countless hours and dollars into this school, and now is the time for this school to invest in you. Voting for me is voting for a safer, cheaper, and more fun college experience.

Together, we will tackle our campus security problems. Let's make it safe for students to walk this campus at night, without fear of assault. No student should ever fear leaving the library too late or walking alone in the dark.

Together, we will make college more affordable. I will work towards ensuring that when you graduate you're not left with a hole in your wallet. No student should graduate drowned in debt because of university costs.

Finally, let's make San Jose State fun again! We only have four years, so let's make the most of it! As I'm sure you have noticed, there is a huge lack of student involvement at our University. Just because we are a commuter school, doesn't mean we can't have the same engaged community fun as other campuses. From concerts, to barbeques, I will do everything in my power to unify our community and strengthen our school spirit.

Let's make your voice heard and take the action needed to make our school safer, affordable, and more fun!

Ariadna Manzo
, President
Endorsements: Black Student Union
Estudiantes Latinx y El Proyecto Arco Iris (El País)
Sigma Alpha Zeta Multicultural Sorority
Muslim Student Association (MSA)
Native American Student Organization
Pi Kappa Phi: Iota Sigma
Gente Unida
Student Advocates for Higher Education (SAHE)
Sigma Pi Alpha Sorority Inc.
Sigma Delta Alpha
Queers Thoughtfully Interrupting Prejudice
The Global Awakening
Students for Quality Education
Grupo Folklórico Luna y Sol
Students for Justice in Palestine
Academic, Leaders, and Mentors Aiming for Success (A.L.M.A.S.)
San Jose Chicano Commencement

Hello all, my name is Ariadna Manzo my pronouns are she/her/hers and I am humbled to be a running candidate for your Associated Students President.

I am currently your Director of Intercultural Affairs and in this role I have continually advocated for the interests and needs of students. My passions for social justice, equity, and inclusion have allowed me collaborate with all campus stakeholders for the purpose of supporting our diverse community.

In addition to my role, my involvement with student organizations such as SAHE (Student Advocates for Higher Education) and MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlan) has broadened my scope on different important topics that are present in our campus. Through my collaboration with students, we have been able to successfully advocate for Student Resource Centers. Thanks to our work, this Fall the three centers will open for African American, Chicanx/Latinx, and Undocumented students.

If elected, I will continue to advocate and ensure that our voices are always heard at the table. My passions for inclusivity, equity, and social justice set me apart from other candidates. Through these values, I will always represent those not present at the table and take on challenges to purposefully advocate for all students. As President, I will aim to improve our campus climate by advocating for diversity training for those who interact with students, strengthening our mental health resources, and engaging our campus community.

With your support we can create equity and ensure an inclusive campus for all of us!

Sameer Saran, President

Endorsements: Men's Lacrosse at SJSU
Miniature Club
Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering
Japanese Student Society
Cermanic Arts Guild

Sameer Saran for A.S President

== Unity in Diversity ==

Advocating for student rights has been my pivotal goal ever since I began my University Education and it will always remain so in future. With this, it gives me pleasure to announce that I am running for Associated Students President in this Student Government Election 2017-18. Unity in diversity are not just three words, I do strongly believe in their significance. I wish to create an atmosphere of equal opportunity for every student studying here at SJSU regardless of gender, race, caste, religion, creed or nationality. And equal opportunities in everything - be it on campus jobs, mentorship, leadership or recognition. I also wish to bring a sweeping change in our campus approach to entrepreneurship - develop a risk-taking culture so necessary to survive in Silicon Valley! I strongly support opening new avenues of funding for student projects, artistic creativity, research and innovation!

If I do get elected, I will create an environment for students where it is perfectly ok to fail, where creativity and innovation is encouraged, and where students feel comfortable to try out new things! Nice, right??
About me: International graduate student from India pursuing MS Computer Engineering. Currently serving as Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Chair, BOD, Student Union and as a Student Senator in Academic Senate.

== The Voice of the Students matters the most ==

Thank you for taking out time to read my statement. Peace, love and unity.

Ashley - President BW
Ashley Thomas-Williams, President

Endorsements: Delta Sigma Phi
Management Information Systems
Sigma Omicron Pi
Residence Hall Association
Lmabda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc
Alpha Kappa Omega
Alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority Inc
Sigma Lambda Beta
Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc.
National Student Speech Language Hearing Association
One Love Foundation
Black Masque Honor Society
Lambda Sigma Gamma Sorority, Inc.
Sigma Nu Fraternity
Black Student Union
Sigma Theta Psi Mutlicultural Sorority
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc
Order of Omega
Undergraduate Social Work Association
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc

My name is Ashley Thomas-Williams and I am running for President of Associated Students at San Jose State University.

About Me: I am currently a fourth year studying Public Relations with a minor in Hospitality and communications. Throughout my four years on this campus I have pushed for Student Success, Community Involvement, and Advocacy. I am a proud Spartan and body what it takes to Lead all students on this campus. My wide variety of experience will truly benefit me to work with the entire Spartan community!

My Experiences:
Associated Students Student-At-Large member of Programming Board 2013-2014
Intern at the Gender Equity Center and former Women's Resource Center
3+ years as a Resident Advisor (Hoover Hall, Joe West as well as Campus Village C
Sister of Sigma Theta Psi Multicultural Sorority. Positions include:Treasurer, Conference Chair, Recruitment Chair.
Current President of the United Sorority and Fraternity council. Past roles: Treasurer
Member of Order of Omega: Recognized as one of the top 3% Greek-affiliated students in academics and campus involvement
President of National Residence Hall Honorary in 2015-2016

As President, I promise to be the voice that advocates for all students needs. I will Empower others to be the change the wish to see on this campus. Build the connections between all student organization on campus that we can work together to create a United spartan community.

I am "Living to Serve, Serving to Live."

Cristina Cortes, Vice President

Hello My Fellow Spartans,

My name is Cristina Cortes, and I'm running for your A.S. Vice President! I'm currently a 4th year Business Management major serving as your A.S. Director of Business Affairs. I have devoted 3 years in A.S. to enhancing the student experience, lived in San Jose all my life, and have a deep connection with this university that has driven me to serve my peers in this capacity.

My student involvement has consisted of; but not limited to:

Co-Chair and Treasurer of A.L.M.A.S. de SJSU
Co-Founder and VP of Finance of a new club, Women in Business
San Jose State University Cheerleader
A.S. Board representative on the UPD Chief's Student Advisory Board
Membership in the Latino Business Student Association (LBSA) and the Marketing Association (MA)

My commitments to you:

Create a culture where all 16 Board of Directors (BOD) can contribute, flourish, and reach their full potential
Facilitate comprehensive trainings for the BOD and all A.S. committee members to develop their skills personally and professionally
Utilize my extensive A.S. knowledge to transition the newly elected Board over the summer, thus ensuring overall Board effectiveness and cohesiveness

I would be honored if you reelect me, Cristina Cortes, to the A.S. Board as your Vice President!

Go Spartans!




Scotty Sarti - Vice President
Scotty Sarti, Vice President


I was born and raised in San Jose, and growing up in such a climate has made me appreciate the diversity and strengths of the people in this great city. If elected Vice President I want to foster the growth of diversity here on campus. We will support clubs and organizations to help campus life thrive. There needs to be outreach between the students and the Associated Students, and there needs to be a dialogue. The community on this campus needs to know that their student government is the voice of the students, all students, regardless of race, age, or gender identification. I am confident in my ability to make this a reality. My four years in the Air Force ROTC provided me with the leadership skills required to effectively communicate with individuals. I ran for student government at my community college and was elected to be the Vice President of Finance, and in that position I learned how to successfully coordinate with several organizations and faculty members. I have leadership experience in both personal and public settings. I want to use my knowledge and involvement from previous board positions to help bring a new, diverse perspective to San Jose State. This cannot be achieved without input from you the students, so vote for me, and let's start a dialogue.

Juritzi - Vice President BW
Juritzi Torres Mendoza, Vice President

Endorsements: MEChA de SJSU
Students For Justice in Palestine
Pi Kappa Phi: Iota Sigma

Hello Spartans!

My name is Juritzi Torres Mendoza, and I am running for the position of Vice President. My pronouns are she, her, and hers. I am a second year Communication Studies major with a Mexican American Studies minor. Previously, I was your Director of External Affairs. I ran for the position because I wanted to apply the advocacy skills I had learned while organizing in my local community for immigrant justice and renters' rights. In my role as Director of External Affairs, I had the opportunity to familiarize and educate myself on the CSU system by attending CSSA, an association where all 23 campuses come together to talk about CSU system-wide issues. Most importantly, I learned how our own AS Government operated, and how to lead committees successfully. I provided opportunities for the students in Lobby Corps, the committee that I chair, to develop their leadership skills and be successful in their own advocacy efforts. In this new position, I will use my knowledge and experience to facilitate the transition of the incoming AS leadership into their roles. I will build a cohesive team that will effectively plan and carry out meaningful projects that will affect the campus. With me as Vice President, the Board of Directors will make an impact on SJSU and the CSU.


Joshua Villanueva, Controller

Endorsements: Spartans for Israel
Jewish Student Union

Hello, my name is Joshua Villanueva and I am a third year business finance major. I am running for the position of Controller. Throughout my three years at San Jose State University, I have taken on numerous leadership positions ranging from serving as my fraternity's president as a freshman, to currently sitting on the Finance Committee for Associated Students. While serving on this committee, I have learned how our school's budget operates, and I understand the process for requesting money. I work closely with the other committee members, including the current controller, to ensure our money is allocated to the proper places. As controller, I would like to make requesting money easier, more accessible, and less time consuming. I would also like to assist smaller organizations with budgeting, and offer support in financing their philanthropies. Furthermore, I would like to advocate for bringing food and produce companies to the campus more frequently. Our students can benefit from free and healthy food choices, while creating a community on campus that supports and helps one another.

I would be honored to serve as the Associated Students Controller and take on the challenges this position presents. I am dedicated to making SJSU a better community and creating new opportunities for all students for a better tomorrow.


Malik Akil, Director of Business Affairs

Endorsements: Management Information Systems Association
Pi Kappa Phi: Iota Sigma
National Student Speech Language & HEaring Association (NSSLHA)
Campus Girl Scouts
Team One Love
Black Masque Honor Society

Fellow students,

Why vote for me?
- Serving as a member on the Internal Affairs Committee has provided me the opportunity to understand and analyze the positives and negatives of how Associated Students functions.
- I am a founding father and current executive member of Pi Kappa Phi, Iota Sigma associate chapter; which has provided me an abundance of experience with strategic planning.
- As a third year Business MIS major, I am constantly working with systems such as Microsoft Project in order to effectively plan, and optimize efficiency.
- My background as an Resident Advisor (RA) has made me adept at utilizing appropriate resources in order to better serve our SJSU community.

Why am I running?
- I have always enjoyed being a part of organizations that allow me to help others. Serving as a RA has allowed me to become a resource for residents success. Combining my skills as an RA along with the skills acquired through multiple leadership experiences to further enhance your experience as SJSU.

What are my goals as Director of Business Affairs?
- Understand the needs and wants of our Spartan community through campus interest surveys.
- Plan the most optimal path to increase each of your opportunities to success.
- Provide necessary resources to improve your experience at SJSU.

I hope I can count on your vote to uplift our Spartan community! Please reach out to me if you are interested in learning more about my proposals.

Paramee (Mint) Duangsutha, Director of Business Affairs
Endorsements: Japanese Student Society
The Apartment Hall Government
Residence Hall Association


For some, mint is a plant, but for me it's my name. My full name is Paramee Duangsutha. I'm originally from Thailand where everyone has a nickname, and my mother chose Mint as mine.

I'm currently a sophomore majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting Information Systems. Before I came to the U.S., I worked at my father's company, inputting financial information into the computer system. I got to deal with numbers all the time. I also took a Principle Accounting class in Singapore where I went for high school. I loved the class and discovered my passion for accounting, therefore I decided to come to San Jose State University to pursue a career in this field.

During my first year at SJSU, I got involved by joining the CVC Hall Government. I helped create and implement programs for the residents. I gained experience on making programs and approving the budget for various programs. I liked making sure that programs would be successful while also ensuring that the budget was balanced. This semester I joined Beta Alpha Psi, which helped me get interviews with three of the four major accounting firms.

I like organizing and balancing financial statements, so I believe that my passion for accounting and my experience with creating programs are beneficial skills that I would bring to this position.

Thank you for your consideration.
Paramee (Mint) Duangsutha

Sandra Gamez
Sandra Gamez, Director of Business Affairs


I am organized, persistent, and committed. If elected, I vow to make your interests my interests.
My goal is to engage in group collaboration to achieve the best possible outcome for my fellow students. I believe the best way of showing you that I am fit to represent you as Director of Business Affairs is to give you my background as it speaks for itself.
Business, Accounting, and Finance experience - During my time working at a small business, I successfully completed several financial analysis projects to help increase the business's revenue by 200%. After thorough analysis of the small business's expenditures, I helped make better use of their resources. Did you know that less than 25% of student organizations at SJSU request funding? A.S. is by the people, for the people. My extensive experience makes me a perfect candidate for a fast-paced, demanding position and I look forward to being your Vice Chair on the Finance Committee.
Operations experience - I've been employed by a top financial institution and have 3+ years of experience in managing operations. My experience includes strategic planning to ensure a smooth customer experience and I look forward to being your Chair of Operations.
Hard worker - Nothing has ever been handed to me. As a first-generation college student, I've had to find the information I needed myself.
Academic Excellence - I've consistently maintained honorific mention throughout my academic career. I am no slacker and do not settle. I get the job done right, the first time.

Maximo Lacerca, Director of Business Affairs

Endorsements: Alpha Xi Delta
Alpha Phi Fraternity
Delta Sigma Phi

Hello Fellow Spartans! My name is Maximo Lacerca-Desrosiers and I have the special privilege of running for the position of Director of Business Affairs. I am a second year business administration student and one day hope to work for a startup. I am also a first generation American and fluent in both English and Spanish. I am always looking for opportunities to positively impact my community and I strive to foster an environment of equality for all Spartans. I have served as an executive officer within my fraternity, Delta Upsilon, for three consecutive semesters and I am currently training as a freshman orientation leader for this upcoming summer. I plan on using my experience as an executive officer to meet deadlines and work with other members of the board as we plan out our goals and outcomes for this year. It has been a dream of mine to one day represent our student body and work with ALL Spartans so that we can leave behind a powerful legacy for future students who have yet to wear blue and gold. I want to thank all those have supported me and pushed me to take on a bigger role within my community, anything is possible when you start out with a vision. I look forward to seeing you all on the campaign!

Eliahu Moreno - Business Affairs
Eliahu Junior Moreno, Director of Business Affairs


Hello fellow Spartans!
I'm Eliahu Junior Moreno a third-year Economics major. In my free time, I enjoy playing sports especially soccer and boxing, listening to music, and hanging out with family and friends. I am very proud of being a San Jose native and always dreamed of attending SJSU. Now, I hope to take a step further and serve as the Director of Business Affairs. I want to give back to the SJSU community by providing new academic and communal programs and expand effective student programs already in place. As a student, I do not take for granted the cost of attendance and will do everything in my power to make your student fees work for you. I will work with the community and its leaders to empower students with the tools and knowledge to succeed at SJSU. Together, we will make SJSU the standard by which all CSU's model their programs after. I believe it is important to have an open line of communication with your student representatives and that is exactly what I will do. I welcome and encourage all student to be involved in the political process. While in office, I will uphold all of SJSU values and conduct only ethical and transparent work for the progress of the community. I am very proud of the SJSU community and honored at the opportunity to be serve as your Director of Business Affairs.

David Rhoads
David Rhoads, Director of Business Affairs


Dear San Jose State Community,

My name is David Rhoads and I am running to be your next A.S Director of Business Affairs. I would be both humbled and honored to be your voice and advocate for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Co-Founder of The City Cyclist: Last year, I co-founded a non-profit organization, The City Cyclist, that strived to increase awareness of transportation safety measures in San Jose.
South Valley YMCA, Various Roles: I have worked at South Valley YMCA as a Day Camp L.I.T, Intern, Leader Aide, Leader, and Assistant Director. In these roles, I've worked alongside directors and staff to plan, lead, and implement day camp curriculum for up to 60 campers
Bricks4Kidz Lead Teacher: I currently plan and teach weekly STEM-based LEGO classes of up to 20 students.

As your Director for Business Affairs, I plan to
Empower 400+ on-campus student organizations by granting funding and support.
Revise the A.S Strategic Plan to provide you with ample opportunities and resources for success.
Advocate for an increase of on-campus safety measures, commuter conveniency, and international student resources.
Maintain open communications with SJSU students to ensure that your voice is being heard.

For more information in regards to my plans and advocacy campaigns, please visit my Facebook page www.facebook.com/DavidRhoadsBusinessAffairs.

Please feel free to contact me at david.rhoads@sjsu.edu.

I hope to apply my extensive experience with planning and curriculum development to help enhance your overall experience at SJSU.

Thank you.


Andrew Lingao
Andrew Lingao, Director of Co-Curricular Affairs

Endorsements: Delta Sigma Phi

Hi SJSU! My name is Andrew and I am running for the position of Director of Co-Curricular Affairs. My role will be to serve and represent Spartan Recreation, Residence Hall Association, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, and Student Involvement including Fraternity and Sorority Life. My goal is to cultivate a sense of community within San Jose State University and support our needs as students. I understand the importance of getting involved and pushing yourself outside of the classroom and want to work to build and intertwine communities to create a unified and exuberant campus climate. As a member of a SJSU Greek community, the AkbayanSJSU organization, and as a second-year team lead for San Jose State's Orientation program, I am heavily committed to serve the communities I am deeply involved in!


Sriram - Communications
Sriram Atluri, Director of Communications


Hi, my name is Sriram Atluri, and I am running for Director of Communications. I am a long-time Bay Area resident and I live in Cupertino. I am also a third-year student at SJSU, doing my bachelor's degree in Materials Engineering. Some of my hobbies are playing the guitar, reading, working out, dancing, and acting. I am also a very social person ranging from the ordinary hangouts to some of the big events out there in the city. I also keep myself up-to-date with the major current events happening around the world.

I have been interested in politics since a young age and I believe taking part in the discussion of the issues that go around is important since we need to be constructive of what we need to do in the present and in the future. As the next Director of Communications, one of my plans is that I am willing to be the brave voice for the students who want to share their input on how campus life is serving them. Especially for those who are hesitant in doing so, I want to ensure that I can break the barriers to enhance the campus to its maximum potential. The second plan I have is to associate with co-directors and the student body to take into account of your views, so that we can form out-of-the-box solutions.

I am also a highly dedicated and hard-working individual and I can bring that positive change, which makes me a qualified candidate.

Nayeli Lopez - Communications
Nayeli Lopez, Director of Communications


My name is Nayeli Lopez and I am a second year Communications major minoring in Journalism. I am passionate about Associated Students and all the organization provides to the campus community. As Director of Communications I will create a stronger union between all Associated Students departments and connect them to the rest of the San Jose State student body. For the past year and a half, I have worked as one of the Associated Students House's receptionists where I have communicated directly with faculty, staff, student employees, and students. Through this position I have helped to better educate students on the services that our university provides. I have assisted A.S. staff members with several tasks to better achieve their goals: to support their students and provide the community with several helpful services. I currently serve as a member on multiple A.S. committees that include the Strategic Plan Design Committee, Programming Board, and Social Council. My positions on these committees have bettered my understanding on how to promote Associated Students in a positive way and this has heightened my appreciation for all that this organization represents. My mission as Director of Communications will be to provide every student of San Jose State University to be aware of the benefits they reap from their Associated Students fee and how to use these services to their advantage. Through my extensive experience with Associated Students and San Jose State, I am prepared and capable to achieve this mission. Go Spartans!

Joseph Sandoval-Rios, Director of Communications

Endorsements: Team One Love
Campus Girl Scouts
Black Masque Honor Society
National Student Speech Language Hearing Association
Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity
Residence Hall Association
Residence Life Association
Management Information Systems Association
National Residence Hall Honorary
Campus Village 2 Hall Government
Campus Village Apartments Hall Government
CVC Hall Government
Alpha Phi Fraternity

“Providing Communication that Leads to Community”

Hello Spartans!

My name is Joseph Sandoval-Rios, and I would like to serve as the A.S. Director of Communications for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.

I am currently a third-year student at San Jose State University and majoring in Public Relations with an emphasis in Community Relations. I am also minoring in Event Management and Recreation. At a young age, I became very passionate about civic engagement and have devoted over 2,500 hours of community service within the past five years to my community.

Throughout my time here at San Jose State, I have had the opportunity to get involved in our Spartan Community and have had the opportunity to hold positions in multiple organizations on campus. I currently serve as the President of the Residence Hall Association for the housing community, I'm a brother of Delta Sigma Phi, the National Residence Hall Honorary, and served on the A.S. Board of Directors previously. These opportunities have helped me improve my leadership development and will assist in the continuation of improving our students' experience in our Spartan Community.

As A.S. Director of Communications, I will be devoted to improving and connecting our community here at San Jose State, I will go above and beyond the expectations of this role and I will continue to advocate and serve our community to my fullest potential.

I would be truly honored to serve as the A.S. Director of Communications.

Spartan Up,
Joseph Sandoval-Rios


Tessa Mendes, Director of Community and Sustainability Affairs
Endorsements: Delta Sigma Phi
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Team One Love
Campus Girl Scouts
Black Masque Honor Society
National Student Speech Language Hearing Association
Alpha Xi Delta
Beta Theta Pi
Alpha Phi Fraternity

Hello voters!

I'm Tessa Mendes and I am running for Director or Community and Sustainability Affairs. I am currently a third year majoring in Molecular Biology and minoring in Chemistry and Psychology. I originally wanted to be a medical doctor, but I am now much more interested in community health, development, and sustainability. This is a big reason why I am running for this position, as I have worked with The City of Temecula to promote healthy decisions in their community and am currently employed by an education non-profit called Girls Moving Forward which strives to mentor young women and girls. I see the importance of overall community sustainability from education and health to recycling and transportation services. I am currently a member of AmeriCorps which is a national service program and am also a sister of Alpha Phi Fraternity which raises money for women's heart health. As a member of the greek community at SJSU I am an avid philanthropic supporter of causes like Service for Sight, the Children's Miracle Network, and many others. On campus, I have volunteered at the Community Garden by Joe West and at events like the club fair. All of this experience has shown me how important community involvement is to creating a strong and functional community. I hope to improve and transform our campus into a more sustainable and environmentally friendly space as your next Director of Community and Sustainability Affairs. Thank you!

Phung Nguyen, Director of Community and Sustainability Affairs

Endorsements: Pi Kappa Alpha
Psi Chi

Greetings Spartans! My name is Phung Nguyen and I am a third year student pursing a degree in Management Information System. I was born in Vietnam but I have been raised in San Jose most of my life. An object that symbolizes me would be I would be a Sunflower, which are strong, independent, and lively. I enjoy meeting people and learning habits to become eco-friendly. My passion about the environment allowed me to stumble upon the documentary titled "Cowspiracy." This documentary gave a shocking revealing on the impact of food on climate change. Did you know that it takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef? I have since become more aware of my carbon footprint. I highly recommend students to watch this documentary, to educate themselves to be more environmentally responsible citizens. Currently, I am working as a software quality assurance engineer at Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI) non-profit organization. EPRI conducts research on issues related to the electric power industry such as renewable energy. I hope to build and maintain a sustainable environment for all students, faculty, and guests who utilize the facilities at San Jose State. Using my business background, I will seek out potential partnerships with companies and organizations to promote energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste reduction. Under the scope and complexity of our university, I will practice institutional ecology, increase awareness of environmentally sustainable development, and create an institutional culture of sustainability.

Daniel Orozco Community Sustability
Daniel Orozco, Director of Community and Sustainability Affairs

Endorsements: Student Advocates for higher Education
Sigma Delta Alpha
Global Medical Brigades

Hello fellow Spartans!
My name is Daniel Orozco, I am a 4th year Molecular Biology major, with a minor in Chemistry. I am pleased to announce that I will be running for Director of Community and Sustainability Affairs. I am a first-generation college student who is looking to use this position to improve my school and reconstruct our community to make it more environmentally friendly. If elected, I will work to make San Jose State more sustainable, by analyzing our weaknesses demonstrated to us by our Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System report, and making sure we improve on those. I will work closer with our surrounding community to make it cleaner and more ecological. By salvaging our resources and expanding on them we can make a positive impact on our community, while establishing volunteering opportunities to all students and faculty. Thank you for your time and consideration. GO SPARTANS!


Odalotun - External affairs
Oladotun Hospidales, Director of External Affairs

Endorsements: Alpha Phi Fraternity
Alpha Epsilon Pi
Sigma Nu Fraternity
Delta Sigma Phi

Hello Spartan Community!

My name is Oladotun Hospidales and I am seeking your vote to represent you as your Associated Students Director of External Affairs.

I am a third year Political Science major from Los Angeles, California. My student leadership experience includes serving in key roles in programs like Residence Hall Association, Freshman Orientation, Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, and in the A.S. Lobby Corps Committee.

In these positions, I have been able to connect myself with various parts of the Spartan community to better understand the needs of the different types of students we have. As your Director of External Affairs, I plan to lobby and advocate for those needs in both the local and state legislatures. As your representative at the California State Student Association, I will focus my efforts on ensuring that the state government amply funds the CSU system and continues the tuition freeze so as to provide our students with an affordable high quality education.

My goals are to work to reduce your student fees and to make sure that the collective student voice is heard on all levels. I am going to work to support local initiatives that would benefit SJSU students such as student hunger, student homelessness, and student safety.

Through my experiences at SJSU I have recognized that there is power in the unified voice of the Spartan community. By continuing already established efforts and mobilizing new avenues, together we can be the change we want to see in our community.


Saul Chang Liu, Director of External Affairs

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Armani Donahue
Armani Donahue, Director of Faculty Affairs


Hello everyone! My name is Armani Donahue and I am pleased to announce my candidacy as next year's Director of Faculty Affairs. I am a fourth year studying psychology and currently upholding the position of the Black Student Union President. I have served on the board of Black Student Union for 3 years and am currently working as a Student Support Intern (SSI) for Academic Advising and Retention Services and the African American (AfAm) Taskforce. As an SSI, we work with students on academic probation and AfAm Student Organizations. Our mission is to decrease the number of students on probation, especially in the Chicanx and AfAm communities, from being disqualified from the university. We also work with the AfAm Taskforce to facilitate events with student organizations and the community. As a prospective Director of Faculty Affairs, I will broaden my prior focus on the African American community to serve a more diverse lens. Working with the AfAm community has helped bring me closer and become comfortable speaking to faculty on different matters. I am running because I feel I will be an effective liaison between students and faculty. As your student liaison, I will strive to have faculty understand our needs.


Kaya Harper-Alvarez - Intercultural Affairs
Kayla Harper-Alvarez, Director of Intercultural Affairs

Endorsements: Campus Girl Scouts
National Residence Hall Honorary
Sigma Omega Phi

Dear fellow Spartans,

Hello my name is Kayla Harper-Alvarez and I am running for A.S. Director of Intercultural Affairs. I am a second year Psychology major with a minor in Philosophy.Throughout my college experience so far I have had the pleasure of expanding my leadership experience through different aspects of San Jose State from being a Community Mentor for Joe West Global Village from working with Mosaic Cross-Cultural Center as a Leadership Today Assistant not only as a delegate but I have also had the opportunity to help host this 3 day Social Immersion retreat .As a member of Sigma Omega Phi Multicultural Sorority Inc. I take pride in learning about different perspectives .As an A.S. Global Scholar recipient I will continue to take this token of recognition to engage and learn about identities that differ from mine.

With this position I plan on not only being an ally but also encouraging others to also be one through different forms of education and awareness and provide support to student to ensure that all are able to find ways to engage in campus life. As a diverse campus it is essential to accommodate to non-traditional students to ensure a positive college experience.These tasks I could not complete without your help ,let me be your voice.Together we can continue to improve this campus.Together we can continue a legacy of our own. Let's build a legacy.

I invite you to visit my website for more information http://kaylaharperletsbuildalegacy.weebly.com

Mira Mustafa, Director of Intercultural Affairs

My name is Mira Mustafa and I'm freshman here at San Jose State. I'm excited to run for the position of Director of Intercultural Affairs. A spectacular aspect of this campus is its diversity and I'm hoping to help connect, strengthen, and celebrate the various groups that make this university great. In a time when groups are becoming more polarized I want to encourage communities to communicate and understand each other.
I have a wide array of leadership and communication skills coming from my experiences in high school. I was a participant on the Speech and Debate team, an athlete on the Swim team, and treasurer of the Creative Writing club. Each activity brought me closer to a different group of students on campus.
As more minority communities fight for many of the rights they deserve, I feel it's important to honor their needs and desires. I will do my best to meet the needs of campus communities in a way that is efficient yet cost effective, to listen to the struggles that individuals face, and to create a campus where everyone's voice can be heard and respected. I will do this by attending campus events and collaborating with different groups across campus.
With all this in mind, I hope you will elect me as your next Director of Intercultural Affairs.

Tuan - Intercultural Affairs BW
Tuan Nguyen, Director of Intercultural Affairs

Endorsements: Team One Love
Circle K International
Psi Chi International Honors Society

VIG Statement
Growing up as an immigrant in the United States, I have been taught the value of sharing love, knowledge, and compassion together. These values create a society of fairness and unity. We are here to better our role, every day, not only as a successful student, but also as a contributing member in a diverse environment. It is the beauty of this campus because we see all the magnificent lessons, characteristics, and humanity through cultural differences. Every culture or ethnicity has its own significance, but all the cultures at this campus teach us a same lesson - to become a better person from yesterday.
With that common sense and philosophy, we accepted that this campus must embrace the unity in diversity. I was Math and Science tutor and an assistant to accommodate people who face challenges due to their disability. I saw the unjust treatments, languages, and behaviors appealing to racial, gender, and other discrimination.
We should never mentally or physically harm the others based on their ethnicity, disability, or gender. I represent your voice - the students and members of San Jose State University, and together, I hope to form a better unity at San Jose State University.
Thank you, and please vote for me as your next Director of Intercultural Affairs.

Beverly Pace - Intercultural Affairs
Beverly Pace, Director of Intercultural Affairs


The culture and sense of community here at San Jose State is something we should all be proud of. If elected to be the Director of Cultural Affairs, I would like to continue striving for these existing ideals and foster cultural diversity and tolerance even further. I want our school to set the standard of what a progressive, modernizing country should look like. Many people understand the struggles of being under represented, and that's why I want to work closely with anyone who has concerns and/or hopes about campus climate. The opinions of all students is important to me. I know I can create positive change if voted into Associated Students. My experience as as president of the AAUW club, which focused on women's rights and advocacy, will help me achieve this goal. Our club hosted several events and fundraisers to help women in need at our campus and in our community. I want to bring my experience and desire to fight for marginalized groups to the position of Director of Intercultural Affairs. Vote for me, so that we can build a truly inclusive San Jose State.

Branden Parent, Director of Intercultural Affairs

Endorsements: Pi Kappa Phi: Iota Sigma Chapter
Student Advocates for Higher Education (SAHE)
Black Student Union (BSU)
Sigma Pi Alpha Sorority Inc.
Delta Sigma Phi
Alpha Kappa Psi
Transition SJSU
Alpha Phi Fraternity


As a candidate for Director of Intercultural Affairs, I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I am actively involved on campus with BSU, Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, and A.S. Lobby Corps which advocates to school and state officials on issues important to SJSU students, such as fighting against the proposed tuition/fee increase.

My goal as Director of Intercultural Affairs will be to work with, represent, and bring together, the various student, multicultural, LGBT, Veteran, Disability, International student, and special interest groups to build strength and solidarity in the Spartan community. We all have something great to offer and I look forward to obtaining the opportunity to further work towards enhancing our student body.

I ask for your vote as Director of Intercultural Affairs during the election between April 10th-13th

Branden Parent


Thi Tran, Director of Internal Affairs


Hello Spartan Community,

I am the proud son of two immigrant parents, both who made many great sacrifices to provide me with the life I have today. My father came to this country about 30 years ago, escaping communist Vietnam to offer his sisters and future family with a chance to obtain success and the American Dream.

This attitude of serving and putting others first is a lesson I have tried to live by throughout every stage of my young life. That is why in a span of six months as your Director of Internal Affairs, I succeeded in fulfilling my campaign promises from the previous election season.

If provided the privilege to represent you for another term, I plan to:
Clarify: The more efficient an organization can be, the better. Having someone with current experience in Associated Students return will allow for a smoother governing process.
Modify: This position is primarily responsible for two documents: the Bylaws and Elections Regulation Manual. While numerous changes were made to each, improvements are always welcomed.
Unify: It is now more important than ever that this community unites and supports one another. Social media will continue to play a significant role in spreading awareness of issues that resonate with students.

As I stated last year, happy students result in a happy campus. Let us continue working together in 2017, and further our progress in making SJSU a campus filled with Spartan pride.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DirectorThiTran
Instagram, Twitter: @Thi__Tran


Parin Patel, Director of Programming Affairs


Hi Everyone!

My name is Parin Patel and I am running for the Director of Programming Affairs! I am a second year Environmental Studies student with a minor in Urban Planning. I am also your current Director of Co- curricular Affairs! I am now running for Director of Programming Affairs because as a freshman serving as a student at-large on the Programming Board, I loved being able to plan and organize events for the students here at San Jose State. On campus, I am a sister of Kappa Delta Sorority and a member of Akbayan. I love being a part of these two organizations because it allows me to meet and interact with so many people that help shape me into the person I am today, get to raise money for incredible organizations, and learn more about the diversity of students. Off campus, I am an intern with the City of San Jose's Department of Transportation. I work with the Walk n'Roll program which works with 60 elementary and middle schools in San Jose to encourage more students to use green methods of transportation, specifically biking and walking. With my internship and being a past member of the Programming Board, I have gained experience in planning, budgeting, and marketing that allows me to feel qualified and comfortable with running for the Director of Programming Affairs.


Harrison Glasky
Harrison Glasky, Director of Student Fee Affairs
Endorsements: Jewish Student Union
Alpha Xi Delta

Harrison Glasky's Personal Statement
My name is Harrison Glasky and I am running for the position of Director of Student Fee Affairs. First let me talk a little about myself. I am currently a second year Business Finance Major and became a member of the Greek Community on campus during the spring semester of 2016. Since joining my fraternity, I have held many positions that have helped foster my leadership and most recently held the position of Recruitment Chair. Through my position, I have been able to work next to the treasurer and learn how to manage a functional budget as well as exemplify my leadership qualities by learning how to create successful events. These are all skills that I would be able to implement into Associated Students. I am running for the Associated Students position of Director of Student Fee Affairs as a way to get more involved in campus life and help make other students college careers better. I plan to serve as a voice for the students of San Jose State so that they can actually be heard. I will also make students more aware of their rights and resources that are provided to them such as financial aid, scholarships, and other student resources like technology rentals and textbook loans.

Nicco Reyes, Director of Student Fee Affairs

Endorsements: Climbing Club

Born and raised in the heart of the Silicon Valley, I am of Filipino descent, and love my family, friends, and my dogs. With both my parents graduating from SJSU, it felt inevitable to follow in their footsteps. Honest, optimistic, and open-minded, I always face my problems with confidence and a level-head.

I have worked in retail for a few years with different jobs, and I use the skills and knowledge I gained to help with future endeavors. Some of the skills I learned and can apply with this position include: the ability to work calmly under pressure, to make decisions and understand the benefits/consequences, and have great interactions with other people. If elected as Director of Student Fee Affairs, I can use my knowledge to my advantage for the betterment of our student body.

If elected, I will dedicate much of my time to: work with others to allocate resources and funds in a positive direction around the student organizations, publicize the various amenities students can take advantage of on campus, and closely listen to the voices and opinions of our student body. As I learn and understand the needs of the student committee, I wish to undertake or work with others on projects with our campus' future in mind.

I humbly appreciate this experience with the Associated Student body.

Jyotsna Kethepalli, Director of Student Fee Affairs

Endorsements: Management Information Systems Association

A 5% Raise In Tuition Fees? My name is Jyotsna Kethepalli pursuing Business Management Information Systems and I am running to be your Director of Student Fee Affairs for the 2017-2018 academic year. As a Bay Area native and as a Spartan, I understand the growing amount of stress due to the various expenditures students are continuously burdened with and what kind of an impact it makes on our lives as students. Tuition Fees are an issue for most students and as your Director of Student Fee Affairs, I will mitigate our burden and make sure that everyone's voice is heard!

I am a strong advocate of raising awareness about different services available to students and the economic reality of our education. One of the things I would like to focus on is identifying the gaps and opportunities for improvement in fees such as VTA by being a liaison between the student body and board.

Let's Make it Happen, Spartans!


Chelsea Busick, Director of Student Resource Affairs


Empowering people to raise their voices brings out a truly invigorating feeling in me that I can not explain. Being a co-founder of The Global Awakening organization, a club that fights for environmental awareness and action, has shown me what it means to be a leader. When we, the people, come together and collaborate we can make the changes we want.
We are not a docile generation. When I look around SJSU, I see people who speak with empathy, respect, and charisma. We celebrate our uniqueness. We are the future and because of this, the future is bright. All of our voices are precious and too many too often go unheard. I believe we are living in a time period where we are becoming awake to the many realities of how human action has influenced nature in many tangible and dramatic ways.
I am in the Environmental Studies department because studying the interactions between nature and human culture fascinates me. The San Jose State community, in my fourth year, has brought out my voice where I once thought my voice was meaningless. I have found my inspiration from the resources and the campus community. Representing every single one of you as your Director of Student Resource Affairs would be both an honor and a delight. You show me the strength of our generation.



Chelby Gikll - Student Rights & Responsilities BW
Chelby Gill, Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities


Candidate Bio Statement/VIG
Chelby Gill
Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities
Hello Spartans, I am a second year Political Science major Human Rights minor from Elk Grove, CA. I have always had a passion for advocating for others and that is why I was immediately drawn to this position. I am currently working at the MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center. In my position as a Diversity Advocate Intern I create interactive programming where I educate others on different social justice issues. Previously I worked with the Director of External Affairs as a Student at Large of the Lobby Corps committee, it was this position that encouraged me to pursue larger responsibilities with Associated Students. Due to my position in Associated Students I have had the opportunity to travel to the Capitol and lobby for funding for the CSU system. I talked with state representatives about supporting policies that would work towards an accessible and affordable higher education. I pride myself on being deeply involved in the campus community and having the opportunity to hear the genuine concerns of the students.I will work within Associated Students to identify problems and use my real time experience in developing real time solutions.



Terra Walls, Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities
Endorsements: Alpha Xi Delta

Hello everyone! I'm Terra Walls, and I'm a first year here at San Jose State. I'm a Graphic Design major. I currently hold membership/leadership positions in Alpha Xi Delta, and I'm hoping to become an RA next semester. I'm a very passionate and highly motivated person, and I wanted to immerse myself in something that would make positive change in the lives of others on campus.

I'm running for Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities because I'm extremely passionate about furthering student success. I decided to run for this position because I want to have a direct influence on the positive progress students make here at SJSU, and to make sure that students are well represented on campus. Working closely with my peers with their best interest at heart is my number one focus. If I'm elected, I promise to fully dedicate myself to heightening student's academic advancements, as well as increasing awareness of academic responsibilities here at SJSU.


Djalaica De Guzman - Advising Affairs BW
Djalaica De Guzman, Director of University Advising Affairs

Endorsements: Alpha Xi Delta

Hey, Spartans! My name is Djalaica De Guzman and I am a first year undeclared pre-nursing major.

During my first year here at San Jose State, I have represented my sorority, Alpha Xi Delta, as the Alumnae Relations and Academic Achievement Chair. As the Academic Achievement Chair, I facilitate our academic program and encourage the role of academic success within our chapter through grade checks, the maintenance of study hours, and planning study socials with other Greek organizations. As Alum Relations, I am the liaison between our current chapter and our alum members, also planning events for active and alum sisters to network.

In addition, I also take part on the University Affairs Committee as a Student-at-Large. In this role, I work alongside other campus leaders, voting on proposals that will benefit and provide students with resources to become successful on campus.

In being active within these organizations, I believe that my experience will give me advanced qualities in representing you as the Director of University Advising Affairs.

I am committed to better improving our overall student experience by promising to work towards change and policies that will ultimately support our pursuit to student success. In accompany with the university and our student body, I aim to subject and reduce our advising concerns. Equally important, I promise to stay true to Associated Students and its mission: to represent the students of San Jose State and continually improve the quality of their educational opportunities and experiences.



Contact the Students' Election Commission at (408)924-6242, student-elections@sjsu.edu or visit the A.S. House.

Advisor: Kelli Reid, Associate Executive Director, kelli.reid@sjsu.edu, (408)924-6219.


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