The 2012-2013 ASUC Advocacy Agenda

 

 

A Bill In Support of the 2012-2013 ASUC Advocacy Agenda

 

 

Authored by the Senate and Executive Vice President Justin Sayarath

 Sponsored by the Senate and Executive Vice President Justin Sayarath

 

WHEREAS,    in addition to the values of the Association codified in the ASUC Constitution and By-Laws, the ASUC Senate annually develops an Advocacy Agenda that aims to tackle issues pertinent to students of the University of California, Berkeley; and;

 

WHEREAS,   the Advocacy Agenda is the collective vision of the Senate; and,

 

WHEREAS,   the Constitution defines the Advocacy Agenda as “a series of student concerns to be advocated for by the ASUC Senate for the remainder of its term;” and,

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the first plank of the 2012-2013 Advocacy Agenda be to raise awareness for civic engagement through town halls and active communication with each senator’s respective communities.  Within the short term leading up to the election, the ASUC should actively register students to vote and inform students on these issues. Within the medium term the ASUC should engage students in city matters to institutionalize a communal student voice to the Berkeley City Council. Within the long term, the ASUC should institutionalize “dorm storming” voter registration and aim for a 60% registration rate of American citizens on the Berkeley campus; and,

 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the second plank of the 2012-2013 Advocacy Agenda will address the issue of disaster preparedness in three phases: in the short term by receiving a disaster preparedness presentation in the ASUC Senate, developing a disaster preparedness brief including actions that the ASUC can take to help prepare the campus community for dealing with natural disasters, and including said information in elected official blogs; in the mid-term by sponsoring an ASUC Disaster Preparedness day or similar event to inform the student population, and begin conversations with CalSO counselors and other appropriate bodies to include disaster preparedness in CalSO programming; and in the long term by institutionalizing a disaster preparedness component in freshman, transfer, graduate student, faculty, and staff orientations; and,

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the third plank of the 2012-2013 Advocacy Agenda will be to address the  need to increase resources devoted to crime reporting by the larger student body in order to ensure student awareness and safety throughout campus, especially during hours in which students frequent certain heavily trafficked areas. In the short term, the ASUC will work with UCPD to educate students on the different resources available to them to report crimes as well as stay up to date with crimes in and around campus. In the long term, the ASUC will work to strengthen the reporting systems between students and UCPD and increase the locations on campus that have emergency crime resources, with a focus on preventing hate crimes through advocacy and education; and,

 

 

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, the last plank of the 2012-2013 Advocacy Agenda will focus on cross-cultural collaboration, dialogue, and events in order to promote cultural competency, awareness, and to build relationships across communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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