Associated Students of the University of California
|Formation||March 2nd, 1887|
|Legal status||501(c)(3) organization|
|Headquarters||412 Eshleman Hall, Berkeley, California|
Executive Vice President
External Affairs Vice President
Academic Affairs Vice President
|Affiliations||University of California Student Association|
The Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) is the autonomous and officially recognized students' association of the University of California, Berkeley. It is the only students' association within the University of California that is fully autonomous from the University administration. Founded in 1887, the ASUC is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit, and unincorporated association. The ASUC controls funding for all ASUC-sponsored organizations, advocates on behalf of students to solve issues on campus and in the community, engages with administrators to develop programming, increase student-organizational resources, and increase transparency.
The ASUC was founded on March 2, 1887. Prior to this, Berkeley had no residence halls, sport teams, or permanent student organizations. The original purpose of the ASUC was "to organize the Student Body in such wise that it might take effective action upon all matter relating to the general welfare of the student body and the University in general." The organization went on to absorb the Cal Student Store, become the center of student organization oversight, and run all university athletics until the 1960s.
Various student political parties – popularly known as "slates" – and independent student communities participate in the ASUC. SLATE, a pioneer organization of the New Left and precursor of the Free Speech Movement and formative counterculture era, was a campus political party at Cal from 1958 to 1966, while VOICE (a radical party) and Pact (a liberal party) were campus political parties at Cal in 1967.
At present, two parties primarily dominate ASUC politics. Student Action, founded 1995, is a coalition of organizations, with key support groups being the Greek life and pre-law community. CalSERVE (Cal Students for Equal Rights and a Valid Education), founded 1984, is also a coalition, but one centered directly on "access, representation, and social, environmental, and racial justice."
The history of ASUC political parties includes large and small parties advocating for a multitude of interests. SQUELCH! is a satirical party which has run and won seats in the past before suffering a major blow in the 2017 elections, when they won no seats in the senate. The Pirate Party centers their messaging on technology and humor, campaigning in pirate costumes during election season. As of the 2017 elections, they held one seat in the ASUC Senate. The Defend Affirmative Action Party (DAAP), founded by national activist and left-wing militant group BAMN, campaigns on a platform of radical racial justice and inclusion for students, though has found relatively little support, having won no seats for 9 years as of 2017[update]. BAMN itself began at Berkeley in 1995 and ran candidates starting in 1996 under its own name, which, at the time, was The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action By Any Means Necessary. The major parties from the late 1980s and early 1990s included: the Bears Party, drawing from a similar constituency as today's Student Action; Students for Progress, a center-left party; as well as Cal-SERVE. Minor Parties that won seats during that era included: SEED, a progressive party to the left of Cal-SERVE; Crusaders for the Rights of Undeclared and Confused Students (CRUCS), focused on initiatives to improve student life such as extending the P/NP and drop deadlines beyond the first round of midterms; the Monster Truck Party, appealing to Greek constituencies with the slogan: "what will knowledge of other cultures do if your car throws a rod 10 miles outside of Kettleman City"; the PENIS Party, with the slogan "erect a leader," and a platform advocating for more urinals and a taller Campanile; and the Science and Engineering Party, which advocated for the interests of science and engineering students and who partnered with CRUCS to win 4 executive seats between 1990-1992.
Programs and resources
The ASUC's responsibilities include allocating student group funding through a yearly spring budgeting process. The finance officer evaluates each club's funding request, length of time as a sponsored organization, and history of funding in order to determine how much money each registered student organization should be allocated. The ASUC budgets in excess of $1 million each year to campus organizations, including the Bridges multicultural resource & retention center.
The offices of the president and the external affairs vice president focus much of their time on student advocacy, often relating to issues of sexual assault, campus safety, student voice, mental health, equality, and diversity.
The ASUC Constitution establishes a students' association with elected officials modeled after California's separation-of-powers and plural elected executive framework.
The executive officers and the Senate of the ASUC are popularly elected by single transferable vote. Chief Appointed Officers are non-partisan officials appointed by the Senate. The six Chief Appointed Officials are the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Legal Officer (CLO), Chief Communications Officer (CCO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Chief Personnel Officer (CPO), and Chief Grants & Scholarships Officer (CGO).
The five elected executive officers of the ASUC are the President, Executive Vice President (EVP), External Affairs Vice President (EAVP), Academic Affairs Vice President (AAVP), and the Student Advocate. Political parties that compete in ASUC elections usually run candidates for the first four positions, while the fifth, student advocate, is traditionally won in a nonpartisan race by a member of the staff of the outgoing student advocate.
In 2019, the student body passed the Transfer Remedy Act ballot proposition, which added the Transfer Student Representative as a unique ASUC office intended to represent the campus’ growing transfer student population. The Transfer Student Representative is a voting ex-officio member of the ASUC Senate, serving as the de-facto twenty-first member of the Senate and maintaining all of the responsibilities of a regular ASUC Senator. The Transfer Student Representative is chosen a separate election using the single transferable vote mechanism. The position was on the ASUC election ballot for the first time in the spring 2020 election.
- Jesse Gabriel, member of the California State Assembly from the 45th district.
- Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor of West Sacramento, California.
- Jesse Arreguín, 22nd Mayor of Berkeley.
- Josh Fryday, former Mayor of Novato, California and Chief Service Officer, State of California.
- Nick Pacheco, member of the Los Angeles City Council from the 14th district (1999-2003).
- José Huizar, member of the Los Angeles City Council from the 14th district (2005-2020).
- Rigel Robinson, member of the Berkeley, California City Council.
- Pedro Noguera, Dean, USC Rossier School of Education.
- Wally Adeyemo, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury; inaugural president of the Obama Foundation.
- Leigh Steinberg, American sports agent.
- Ki Hong Lee, American actor.
List of executive officers
|Years||President||Executive Vice President||External Affairs Vice President||Academic Affairs Vice President||Student Advocate|
|1984-1985||Pedro Noguera||Nick Pacheco|
|1985-1986||Pedro Noguera||Karen Licavoli||Linda Asato||M. Bruce Robinson|
|1986-1987||M. Bruce Robinson||Michael Branch||Christopher Cabaldon||Patricia Vattuone||Laurel Steinberg|
|1987-1988||Michael I. Berry||Julie Chang||Beth Bernstein|
|1988-1989||Jeff Chang||Pamela Brown||Pete Kennedy|
|1989-1990||Tisa Poe||Pamela Brown||Jose Huizar||Jan Young||Bonaparte Liu|
|1990-1991||Bonaparte Liu||Shahed Amanullah||Bess Dolmo||Ben Austin|
|1991-1992||Mark Yablonovich||Cecelia Wang||Rachel Settlage|
|1992-1993||Marco Pulisci||Mimi Aye||Lisa (Swartout) Zwicker|
|1996-1997||Grant Harris||Sharon Yuan|
|1997-1998||Sharon Yuan||Lee Fink||Sanjeev Bery||Margie Brown||Hikari Kimura|
|1998-1999||Preston Taylor||Rishi Chandna||Shin Honma||Amanda Canning|
|1999-2000||Patrick Campbell||Conor Moore||Gray Chynoweth||Ally McNally||Jen Shen|
|2000-2001||Teddy Liaw||Alex Ding||Nick Papas||Jen Chang (resigned November 2000)
Jose Luis Lopez (appointed December 2000)
|2001-2002||Wally Adeyemo||Justin Christensen||Josh Fryday||Catherine Ahn||Alex Kipnis|
|2002-2003||Jesse Gabriel||Han Hong||Jimmy Bryant||Tony Falcone||Salam Rafeedie|
|2003-2004||Kris Cuaresma-Primm||Taina Gomez||Anu Joshi||Gustavo Mata||Dave Madan|
|2004-2005||Misha Leybovich||Christine Lee||Liz Hall||Rocky Gade||Dave Madan|
|2005-2006||Manuel Buenrostro||Anil Daryani||Sharon Han||Jason Dixson||Vikrum Aiyer|
|2006-2007||Oren Gabriel||Vishal Kumar Gupta||Jason Chu||Joyce Liou|
|2007-2008||Van Nguyen||Taylor Allbright||Danny Montes||Curtis Lee|
|2008-2009||Roxanne Winston||Krystle Pasco||Dionne JIrachaikitti||Carlo De La Cruz||Matthew David Demartini|
|2009-2010||Will Smelko||Tu Tran||Dani Haber||John Tran|
|2010-2011||Noah Stern||Nanxi Liu||Ricardo Gomez||Viola Tang|
|2011-2012||Vishalli Loomba||Chris Alabastro||Joey Freeman||Julia Joung||Samar Shah|
|2012-2013||Connor Landgraf||Justin Sayarath||Shahryar Abbasi||Natalie Gavello||Stacy Suh|
|2013-2014||Deejay Pepito||Nolan Pack||Safeena Mecklai||Valerie Jameson||Timofey Semenov|
|2014-2015||Pavan Upadhyayula||Justin Kong||Caitlin Quinn||Summer (elected): Jeanette Corona
Fall (acting): Pavan Upadhyayula
Fall-Spring (appointed): Mon-Shane Chou
|2015-2016||Yordanos Dejen||Lavanya Jawaharlal||Marium Navid||Melissa Hsu||Leah Romm|
|2016-2017||William Morrow||Alicia Lau||Andre Luu||Frances McGinley||Selina Lao|
|2017-2018||zaynab abdulqadir-morris||Helen Yuan||Rigel Robinson||Andrew-Ian Bullitt||Jillian Free|
|2018-2019||Alexander Wilfert||Hung Huynh||Nuha Khalfay||Melany Amarikwa||Sophie Bandarkar|
|2019-2020||Amma Sarkodee-Adoo||Andy Theocharous (resigned in April 2020) 
Nathan Mizell (appointed in April 2020) 
|Varsha Sarveshwar||Aastha Jha||Nava Bearson|
|2020-2021||Victoria Vera||Melvin Tangonan||Derek Imai||Nicole Anyanwu||Joyce Huchin|
|2021-2022||Chaka Tellem||Aditya Dev Varma (resigned in August 2021)
Antonio Kobe Lopez (acting)
Giancarlo Fernandez (appointed in September 2021)
|Riya Master||James Weichert||Era Goel|
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Voting in the affirmative were [Norm] Pederson, Steve Greenberg, Herb Englehardt (all of VOICE, the radical party), and Martinas Ycas, an anarchist. Voting against were the conservative senators, and Pete Ross, Charlie Palmer, and Bill Bennet of Pact, the liberal party.
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- Appointed after the elected candidate, Matt Holohan, stepped down shortly after his election.
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- Took over the Student Advocate office following the disqualification of candidate Bryant Yang from the election; his only opponent, graduating senior Richard Schulman, received a majority of the votes but could not serve, according to ASUC rules.
- "Student Action Rises Again: Leybovich Nets ASUC Presidency - The Daily Californian". archive.dailycal.org. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
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- Staff, Megan Messerly | Senior (2014-04-17). "2014 ASUC general election results". The Daily Californian. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
- As ASUC President, Pavan Upadhyayula was the de jure acting AAVP under the ASUC Constitution during the vacancy. However, AAVP Chief-of-Staff Denim Ohmit was the de facto acting AAVP.
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- Staff, Katy Abbott | Senior (2016-04-08). "LIVE: Results from the 2016 ASUC general elections". The Daily Californian. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
- Andrea Platten | Senior Staff (2017-04-14). "LIVE: Results from the 2017 ASUC general elections". The Daily Californian. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
- "LIVE: Results from the 2018 ASUC general elections". The Daily Californian. 2018-04-13. Retrieved 2018-05-10.
- "ASUC Executive Vice President Andy Theocharous resigns". The Daily Californian. 2019-04-14. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
- "LIVE: Results from the 2018 ASUC general elections". The Daily Californian. 2020-04-11. Retrieved 2018-05-10.
- "Nathan Mizell to serve as ASUC executive vice president through end of semester". The Daily Californian. 2020-04-23. Retrieved 2018-05-10.
- "LIVE: Results from the 2021 ASUC general elections". The Daily Californian. 2021-04-09. Retrieved 2021-05-30.