ASU Board Bios:
Meet Your 2017-2018 ASU Board!
ASU Executive Board:
Oscar A. CruzASU President
As student president it is my duty to serve you, the students. I am here to fight for you and advocate for you. I was voted by the students, for the students. I've made it a priority to be very open to ideas and to be approachable. My promise is that I'll work my full potential during my term to make sure that I can push student progress even further. The water in a river does not cut through rock because of its power, it cuts through because of its persistence. I will work with my team to make sure that we keep pushing for student success.
Monique A. HernandezASU Vice President
Hello everyone, my name is Monique Hernandez. I am looking forward to attending UC Berkeley or USC in the near future for Biochemistry once I finish my last two semesters at ELAC. I plan to apply to Medical school after obtaining my Bachelor of Science degree. You can always find me on campus at the ASU office if I'm not in class. I am very open to helping students on their path to obtaining a higher education. Feel free to come talk to me if you want to get more involved in your community. I'll be very happy to help.
Shannon WuASU Vice President of Finance
My name is Shannon Wu and I am your Executive Vice President of Finance. This is my second year here at East Los Angeles College. I am double majoring in Political Economy and Accounting. I hope to transfer to University of California, Berkeley in the coming fall. My passions include horticulture and cats. Overall, East Los Angeles College has provided me endless opportunities and I am proud of serving on our Associated Student Union!
Hanxiao ZhouASU Treasurer
My name is Hanxiao Zhou, the Treasurer of ASU. Just call me Brett, I am international student. And I manage part of the finances of ASU.
Summer FrenchASU Secretary
Hello everyone, my name is Summer French and yes like the season. I am currently striving to get my masters in Sociology and then going back to school to get a Certificate for Veterinarian Technician Assistant. You always find me in the ASU office or around campus, so feel free to ask me any questions you may have and I will be happy to help.
Daveed LopezASU Chief Delegate
Hello everyone! My name is Daveed Lopez and I am the current Chief Delegate of the Associated Student Union at East Los Angeles College. My major is biochemistry and aspire to enter the pharmaceutical industry in the near future. I enjoy helping others, especially my community. I want everyone at ELAC to succeed. No matter who they are, what they look like, or where they came from, I want every student to have the opportunity to live up to their “God-given” potential. It is a privilege to represent all of you and am truly grateful to be given this opportunity. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me or stop by the ASU office. I’d be more than happy to assist you in any possible manner. Good luck and wish everyone nothing but success and happiness for the 2017-2018 academic school year. Go Huskies!
Destiny HernandezASU Chief Justice
Hey huskies! First of all, let me start by thanking you for voting for me to be in office.. I am in my third year at ELAC, in the transfer process. My major is pre-med neuroscience. I am currently involved with a few off-campus programs that provide me with information for the transfer process and the process for medical school. Through these, when I become aware of any opportunities, I will pass my knowledge to the campus through flyers/announcements. As for my position on the ASU Board, I want you all to know that my priority is to represent you, the students, in the best way possible. I will work on improving student life and serving the needs of the students to the best of my ability. With that being said, if there is something that you feel should be addressed to the board, please do not hesitate to walk into the ASU office and ask for me. The office is in the campus student center, on the second floor, room 212.
Jesika De JesusASU Historian
I am a full time East Los Angeles College student, currently studying education. I am honored to be a Student Ambassador at the Dream Resource Center providing resources and a safe place for undocumented and LGBTQ students, a Peer Mentor for Adelante First Year Experience and UCLA CCCP program. I love to give back to my community, and always look foward helping others.
Genesys SanchezSenator of Political Activism
My name is Genesys Sanchez I am currently a Political Science/Chicano Studies major. I'm involved with community organizations in the area as well as on campus with a variety of clubs (Honors club, Writers society, ESPA, UCLA CCCP) and as an American Federation of Teachers Union 1521 fellow. As senator of Political Activism, my goal is to lead through servitude to the students.Teaching students the importance of organizing and how critical it is for students to get involved and tell their stories.East Los Angeles College has a rich history in the student run movements and I believe all students are capable of being leaders in their communities.
Gary GarzaSenator of Activities/Planning/Membership Services/Recruitment
Gary Garza I am from Montebello California and now living Pico Rivera California. I was born in Los Angeles California and I attended Schurr High School. I am a psychology major also trying to get a minor in Kinesiology I am a ASU Senator at East Los Angeles College also and I am part of Male Leadership Academy and Salsa Club.
Georgex TafoyaSenator of Cultural Diversity/ International Students
Hello, my name is Georgex Tafoya. My major is Urban Studies and I plan to pursue a career in Urban Development. I look forward to being a part of the ASU board and helping to make ELAC a campus that embraces people of all cultures. I believe diversity is an important aspect of the college experience. Feel free to contact me, I am open to assisting you in improving the ELAC community. Best, Georgex Tafoya
Manuel Aaron MillerSenator of DSPS
Hello my name is Manuel Aaron Miller but you can call me Manny. I am excited to be Senator of DSPS, facilities/planning and health/safety. I started my musician turned physician path after 10 years in the music industry when ELAC welcomed me back to community college to study Nutritional Sciences. After receiving my Associates of science I plan to attend UC Berkeley for Nutrion and Public Health which will prepare me for med school to specialize in endocrinology for conducting diabetes research. As a DSPS student I look foward to supporting the ELAC DSPS community as well as being the voice for all students health and saftey. You can typically find me at the ASU or DSPS office when not attending class. Come by and let’s talk about J-pop, tacos, Battlestar Galactica, 90s karaoke or anything else on your mind. I look forward to being your Senator and wish you all the best, Till next time.
Jerry WuSenator at Large
My name is Jerry Wu, and I am your Senator at Large. I am majoring in Economics with a specialization in Accounting. I am glad to be able to serve the student body as a member of ASU!
Yelitza ValenciaSenator Of South Gate
Hey ELAC Students! My name is Yelitza Valencia and I’m in my second year of studying at ELAC. I hope with this position I will be able to bridge the gap between South Gate and the main campus. Everyone’s voice needs to be heard to produce effective change, so don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any ideas or thoughts. A little bit about myself is that I aspire to transfer to the USC film program with hopes of one day rivaling James Franco level of ingenious creativeness. A couple of fun facts is that I love watching bad Netflix movies and I have watched The Room (the 2003 movie) more than anyone should!
Joseph CarranzaCommissioner of Communications
My name is Joseph Daniel Carranza. I was born in Monterey Park, CA on July 22nd, 1998. I'm currently an English major at East Los Angeles College. I'm also a former foster youth and active member of ELAC's Dreamweavers Club. My main goal as Commissioner is to bring to light news and events that are occurring to our wonderful students at the East Los Angeles College campus. "Be the most individual person you can be."
Priscilla MolinaComissioner of Social and Behavioral Science
Hi! I'm Priscilla M. Molina, Commissioner of Social and Behavioral Studies. I'm currently majoring in Child Development focusing on Special Education. I have been working on campus as a student worker for over a year now and volunteer at Heliotrope Elementary as a student aid.
Eric Eduardo CalderonCommissioner of Arts/Humanities/Physical Education
Hello Huskies, My name is Eric Calderon and I am the Commissioner of Arts and Humanities and Physical Education. I am currently a sociology major and have shown interest in both the Fire Technology and the Music program here at East Los Angeles College. These studies are of great interest to me as they prepare me to enter the world with an open and objective mind, while providing me with the tools to be a helping hand in society. I believe that our institution has and will continue to go through rapid improvements, and it is my goal to continue that momentum. It will also be my duty to share and expand the resources available to our students, along with promoting more involvement within our community. ELAC has done so much for me, and I will do everything I can do give back to this great school. Please do not hesitate to say what's up around both campuses, visit me at the ASU office, or contact me via email (email@example.com) Thank you and best of luck on your endeavors!
Collen Mieko TamashiroCommissioner of Biological Science
I’m the new Commissioner of Biological Science, my name is Colleen Tamashiro. My first two years at ELAC I played for the women’s soccer team. I am a Biology major going onto my third year here at ELAC. Right now, I am involved in the MESA program, CCCP, ASU, and I am an SI coach for math. I enjoy being active whenever possible and I love exploring Los Angeles on my free time. I never have a dull moment, I am always on the go and trying to stay productive. I hope to finish all my course prerequisites by the end of next year and soon transfer to one of the UC’s. I am a very friendly and open person, so do not hesitate to ask me anything and I will try to help you as much as possible.
Rodrigo Aguirre JrCommissioner of Vocational Studies
East Los Angeles College has given me the opportunity to be in tune with my cultural roots while increasing my drive towards helping our communities and future generations. We are part of a beautiful multicultural student body that is making an imprint in the Universe. I am proud of what our culture represents in and outside campus. One of my personal goals is to increase awareness of educational achievements. Our society has been under a transition of past generation’s cultural values that has caused conflict with the current cultural values we live by. In tradition, many of us came from immigrant families that has struggled in adapting to our American culture and when those conflicts occur there’s arisk of low self-esteem causing school dropouts within our peers of this generation. There’s a need of motivation in our society to promote effectively that knowledge is power while creating awareness of the steps people can take to pursue education and careers. In those transitions many souls have lost faith and talents are frozen due to the position they found themselves while surrounded with lack of knowledge. This is one point of view I’m passionate in addressing because it involves empathy and a sociological approach with various elements of comprehension that we can pass on to help improve future generations. I am looking forward in serving as a Delegate to represent our student body in an awesome and positive way. Keep The Faith Up and Stay Woke. – Rodrigo Aguirre Jr
Marlene Enriquez ZapienCommissioner of Mathematical Concepts
Hi my name is Marlene Enriquez-Zapien!, I am currently a Biomedical Engineer and hope to transfer to a UC in the near future. I am a non-traditional student due to the fact that I enrolled at ELAC two years after I graduated high school. I am entering my third year as an ELAC student. I also participate in the MESA program and work as an SI Coach for the Math Department which have helped me develop my communication skills with students and faculty. I’m looking forward to engaging with any students who have any questions about programs and benefits offered here at ELAC
Sonia LopezASU Advisor