ASBCC Council Roster
Associated Students of Berkeley City College Council
My name is Brianna Rogers, and I am honored to be ASBCC President. I am also co-chair of the academic committee in BCC’s very own Black Student Union. Born and raised in Berkeley, I am a passionate, natural, and seasoned leader in my community and the classroom. My college experience began in 1999 at SFSU where I quickly realized that I wasn’t prepared. 15 years later, I am back with a purpose! I am a mother of a 14 year-old future concurrently enrolled BCC student. Needless to say, I am committed to ensuring that we all have access to every resource available. I am in EOPS, DSPS, PACE, and CalWORKS so I have the firsthand knowledge of how programs run here on campus. Having experienced the disappointment of failing the first time, I’m now fully walking in my purpose in life as a leader. I have the life experience needed to guide us towards reaching our educational goals in the most efficient manner. Also, I’m committed to “keeping the train moving” as my goal is to see all of us win! As AS President I can guarantee that I will lead in a way that will make us desire to step up to greatness. I’m a strong believer in allowing your work to speak for itself, and I have the assertive manner necessary to make change occur. I’m focused, intentional, committed, and ready to LEAD & SERVE!
DAVE IVAN CRUZ
Vice President of Administration
Languages/Dialects: English, Tagalog, Kapampangan, Beginning Spanish
Greetings! I am Dave Cruz, your Vice President of Administration for the Associated Student Council. This is my fourth semester at BCC and I intend to apply for transfer as an International Relations Major in Fall 2016. With my profound passion for leadership and making a positive impact in the society, I started my ASBCC journey in Spring 2015 as IOS Senator. It did not only honed my leadership and interpersonal skills, but also made me more aware of the issues concerning over 2.4 million students in 113 California Community Colleges. With that, I will make necessary actions in order for my three envisaged goals to become reality. These goals include: 1) keeping students involved, informed and updated through social media and website, 2) representing students and advocating for their rights in shared governance and committee meetings both on-campus and at the state level, and 3) providing prospective and continuing students ease of access to BCC Student Services. Lastly, apart from being a full-time student, I dedicate my time as Student-Ambassador, Founder & President of Filipino Students Alliance, Parliamentarian for Peralta Student Council, Communications Officer for the Statewide Student Government (SSCCC), member in local and statewide student senate committees, and enjoy singing as well as learning Spanish on my free time. “Philippians 4:13.”
Vice President of Programs
Languages/Dialects: English, Beginning ASL
Hello BCC! My name is Matthew Armstrong, and apart from being a VP of Programs of the ASBCC, I am a political science student from Lafayette, California. I am a member of a variety of clubs here at BCC, most notably the Milvia Street Journal where I head the prose selection committee. When I’m not studying, or engaged in one the many programs BCC has to offer, I can be found most often perusing through books at Half Price Books or catching up on the latest adventures of Spiderman and Batman at Fantastic Comics. As Interim VP of Programs, I hope to represent the interests of the student body and foster a sense of community at our school. Over the course of the semester, I look forward to working not only with the ASBCC, but also with you students on making Berkeley City College the best it can be!
Vice President of Finance
Languages/Dialects: English, Mandarin
Hey, everyone! I’m Matt Gregory, Vice President of Finance for the Associated Students of Berkeley City College. I’m a computer science major with the goal of working in education. I joined the ASBCC council with a desire to give back to the incredible college and community that has provided me with such amazing learning and opportunities. I want to contribute to our diverse student body having the same positive experience at BCC that I’ve had. I will support student clubs and activities on campus, and ensure that we allocate resources effectively to ensure an efficient and productive academic experience for our community. I’m looking forward to another great semester!
Vice President of Public Relations
Hello! My name is Begonia Herbert and I am the Vice President of Public Relations for the Associated Students of Berkeley City College. I was born in Santa Cruz, California and have lived all over the country! I have been studying at Berkeley City College since 2012 and will be graduating with an AA in Arts and Humanities in 2016. I am also pursuing a BA in Psychology. I served as the 2014-2015 Inter-Club Council Representative to the ASBCC before being elected to Vice President of Public Relations. Outside of my responsibilities to the AS, I run a chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at BCC. Together, students have the power to change our communities and our country. I strive to build the image of the ASBCC to further attract driven, talented students to represent the student population in shared governance on campus, as well as on the district and state level. Thus we will improve our ability to represent the wishes, desires and needs of the largest population on campus; the students.
Hello everyone! My name is Samantha Rushing and I am the Secretary for the Associated Students of Berkeley City College. I moved from Stockton, CA to Berkeley last year and am currently in my second year at BCC, majoring in English literature. Like many students attending BCC, I do not fit into the mold of the traditional student; I am a first generation college student while also being a single parent returning to school. I work on campus for the EOPS/CARE and CalWORKs programs, as well as the English Department as a writing coach. After working this past year for these programs, I have learned about the multitude of supportive services offered here at BCC and have begun to hear the needs and concerns of underrepresented students. I have joined the student council in an effort to help these students’ voices be heard. Although my experience at BCC so far has been supporting underrepresented students, my goal is to represent the Student Body as a whole, to the best of my ability.
Senator – Primary Services
Senator – Academic Services
Languages/Dialects: English, Korean
Hello fellow BCC students! My name is Heesoo Cho, and I’m the Senator of Academic Services. I’m from South Korea and I came to Berkeley two years ago with the hopes of majoring in Business. My focus is to work closely with the Learning Resources Center, tutoring services, BCC Learning Communities, and Honor Society. Besides being a senator, I have been a Math Tutor for the Learning Resource Center since 2014. This year as an accounting tutor, I better assist students with problem solving and clarifying concepts in order to help them better adjust in the academic environment. Furthermore, I chartered the Berkeley City College Lions’ Club in 2014 where as President, I primarily serve the blind, youth, and the local community. Through my experiences, I learned that the best way to help people is to accurately analyze the need, be responsible of making myself available to them, and try my best to reflect their needs in hopes of making a positive outcome.
Senator – Information & Organization Systems
Senator – External Affairs
Senator – Campus Sustainability
Languages/Dialects: English, Russian
Senator – Special Populations (I)
Senator – Special Populations (II)
Senator – Community Building
Languages/Dialects: English, Spanish
My name is Jorge Rico, current member of the Latin American Club. I am 21 years old working part time as a banker for Wells Fargo and at my family business called Leon Western Wear. One of my goals is to make an impact in the student community by influencing them to get involved at school by joining a club or starting a new club. I want to share the skills that I have gained so that they may also become influential within their communities. I believe that it is essential for students to get involved politically, academically, and economically. Let’s make it happen as a team!
YINGLIN “CATHY” ZHENG
Senator – Student Transfers
Languages/Dialects: English, Mandarin, Cantonese
Hello everyone! My name is Cathy, and I am the Senator of Student Transfers. I have been studying in BCC for four semesters, and I plan to transfer to a UC as a Business Major on May 2016. I enjoy traveling a lot; in fact, I have traveled almost around the world and was able to see and experience other countries’ culture which includes the United States, European Union, parts of Asia, Oceania and 12 provinces in China. I love the diversity in BCC because it gives students an opportunity to be introduced to people from all around the world. As a Senator representing the student public, I will be focusing on three main obligations. First, let more students know about ASBCC, and give them information on where to ask if they need any help. Next, provide students with more knowledge about the school’s transfer service and have them start with the courses they would need for transfer. Lastly, get students involved with workshops, activities, and programs. I would also like to make friends and help students solve their problems. Please feel free to contact me if there are any questions or thoughts relating to transferring. Thank you!
Greetings! I am Nicole Rodgers, Chief Justice of the Judicial Council and Chairperson of the Documents Committee. Outside of student government and being a full-time student, I am President of the Global Studies Club and Founder of the Disaster Preparedness Club here at Berkeley City College. I volunteer my time to various local initiatives that help educate and improve my community. I am on the Berkeley Community Emergency Response Team’s Special Events and Exercises Unit, and I work with the city to coordinate educational outreach events for residents and under-served populations in the Bay Area.
I am passionate about connecting students to resources and making those resources more accessible to all facets of our student body. I am pursuing my degree in Global Studies at BCC so that I may transfer to a 4-year institution to study Peace and Conflict Studies and Geography.
My background is in GIS, aid work, crisis mapping, domestic and international nonprofit leadership, and community building. Please come visit me during my office hours to learn about the wonderful resources available to you as a student of our great school!
Associate Justice – Archives
Languages/Dialects: English, Tagalog
Justice – Finance
Hello, my name is Ian Jansen and I serve on the ASBCC Judicial Council as the Justice of Finance. This is my fourth semester at BCC, third in the JC, and I am currently going through general education class and working toward a career in legal consulting. I joined student government because I had a desire to learn more about the inner workings of the school and to help students in whatever way I could. In my position as a Justice, this means ensuring that all processes, expenditures, and actions we take as a student government are in line with our governing documents and state law. I obsessively attempt to learn anything and everything. Anytime there’s a question or debate on something I’ll try my best to find the answer as quickly as possible and I feel that serves me well in my position. If there’s a question or problem to be solved, I’ll get you the answer.
Justice – Grievances
Justice – Inter-Club Council (ICC)
Hello, my name is Charles Phillips. I am a philosophy major here at Berkeley City College. I am specifically the Inter Club Council Representative of the Judicial Council (JC), the liaison between BCC’s clubs and the ASBCC Judicial Council, making sure all State and college laws, and regulations are followed and observed. I got involved with the JC because of my passion for ethics and my desire to help create a legal environment focused towards the students it affect, rather than the bureaucracy surrounding the legislature. I welcome any questions or discussion on the laws and systems surrounding ASBCC from any students or faculty (or if you just want to drop in and discuss philosophy, I’m more than happy to indulge.) On a more personal note, when I’m not working, going to class, or doing homework, I’m indulging in my hobbies of literature, community theater and acting, and translating ancient Greek texts.
ASBCC COUNCIL ADVISOR
Director of Student Activities & Campus Life
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