By Lauren Walker
After a week-long election process, California State University, Dominguez Hills has a new Associated Students Inc. Board of Directors for the 2018-2019 academic year.
The election results were announced by Daylin Jones, the elections commissioner, on Friday, March 16 in the SBS building room B203 during a meeting at noon. The newly elected directors take office July 1.
The board is as follows:
- President: Christian Jackson,
- Executive Vice President: Celina Valadez
- Vice President of Finance: Carmen Parker
- Organization Commissioner: Lola White
- Elections Commissioner: Amanda Tijerino
- International students representative: Sumiyah Nahas
Jackson, a computer science major, brought in 66 percent of the votes compared to runner-up Makonnen Nixon with 34 percent. Jackson is a sophomore and has been a part of ASI as organizations commissioner for one year. Previously, his focus was to help increase club participation and organize more events at CSUDH.
“I was excited,” Jackson said, about winning. “I felt the need to immediately connect to those on campus. I just hope to continue the great work that [current ASI President Justin Blakely] has been doing. I am a student leader, I have [the campus’] best interest at heart and want people to be able to tell me things to make it better.”
New positions for all board members go into effect July 1. However, there are seven positions that still need to be filled for next years’ board.
Current ASI President Blakely sees the potential of CSUDH to grow and finds that ASI plays an important role in that growth.
“CSU Dominguez Hills is at a trajectory where it can build off a lot of momentum it has gathered and it is imperative to pursue shared governance with the students from all diverse backgrounds on how they see what progression at the University looks like,” Blakely said.
ASI is a student-run non-profit corporation that advocates for students by voicing their concerns and creating on-campus events and programming that interest them.
According to the ASI website, their core values are promoting leadership, student rights, growth and opportunity for the 15,000 students at CSUDH locally and statewide.
“Within my presidential term, I want to make sure that I encompass all three of these things by making sure to engage our campus community to find out what they would like to have to make our campus better,” Jackson said.