Associated Students of the University of California

The Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) is the officially recognized students' association of UC Berkeley. It was founded in 1887,[3] and is an independent 501(c)3[4] non-profit unincorporated association. The ASUC controls funding for 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.[citation needed]

Associated Students of the University of California
Formation1887 (1887)
TypeStudent association
Legal status501(c)(3) organization
Headquarters412 Eshleman Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720[1]
  • UC Berkeley
Amma Sarkoodee-Adoo
External Affairs Vice President
Varsha Sarveshwar
Academic Affairs Vice President
Aastha Jha
Student Advocate
Nava Bearson
AffiliationsUC Student Association[2]
Formerly called
Associated Students of the College of Letters and Sciences


The ASUC was founded on March 2, 1887. Prior to this, UC 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."[5] 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.[6]

Various student political parties – popularly known as "slates" – and independent student communities participate in the ASUC.[citation needed] 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.[7]

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.[8] 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."[9]

In addition to these two parties, smaller third parties have been known to run for seats. 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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

Programs and resourcesEdit

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.[14]

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.[14]


The ASUC Constitution establishes a students' association with elected officials modeled after California's separation-of-powers and plural elected executive framework.[15]

The executive officers and the senate of the ASUC are popularly elected by single transferable vote.[15] Chief appointed officers are appointed by the senate. These positions include a chief financial officer, a chief legal officer, a chief communications officer, a chief technology officer, a chief personnel officer.[16]

The five elected executive officers of the ASUC are the president, executive vice president, external affairs vice president, academic affairs vice president, and student advocate.[15] 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.[14]

List of executive officersEdit

Years President Executive Vice President External Affairs Vice President Academic Affairs Vice President Student Advocate
1988-1989 Jeff Chang Pamela Brown
1989-1990 Jose Huizar Jan Young Bonaparte Liu
1990-1991 Bonaparte Liu Shahed Amanullah Bess Dolmo
1991-1992 Cecelia Wang
1996-1997 Grant Harris Sharon Yuan
1997-1998 Sharon Yuan Lee Fink Sanjeev Bery Margie Brown
1998-1999 Preston Taylor Rishi Chandna Shin Honma Amanda Canning
1999-2000 Patrick Campbell Conor Moore Gray Chynoweth Ally McNally
2000-2001[17] Teddy Liaw Alex Ding Nick Papas Jen Chang (resigned November 2000)[18]

Jose Luis Lopez (appointed December 2000)

Kevin Hammon
2001-2002[19] Wally Adeyemo Justin Christensen Josh Fryday Catherine Ahn Alex Kipnis[20]
2002-2003[21] Jesse Gabriel Han Hong Jimmy Bryant Tony Falcone Salam Rafeedie
2003-2004[22] Kris Cuaresma-Primm Taina Gomez Anu Joshi Gustavo Mata Dave Madan[23][24]
2004-2005[25] Misha Leybovich Christine Lee Liz Hall Rocky Gade Dave Madan
2005-2006 Manuel Buenrostro Anil Daryani Sharon Han Jason Dixson
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
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
2012-13[26] Connor Landgraf Justin Sayarath Shahryar Abbasi Natalie Gavello Stacy Suh
2013-14[27] Deejay Pepito Nolan Pack Safeena Mecklai Valerie Jameson Timofey Semenov
2014-15[28] Pavan Upadhyayula Justin Kong Caitlin Quinn Summer (elected): Jeanette Corona

Fall (acting): Pavan Upadhyayula[29]

Fall-Spring (appointed): Mon-Shane Chou[30]

Rishi Ahuja
2015-16[31] Yordanos Dejen Lavanya Jawaharlal Marium Navid Melissa Hsu Leah Romm
2016-17[32] William Morrow Alicia Lau Andre Luu Frances McGinley Selina Lao
2017-18[33] Zaynab AbdulQadir-Morris Helen Yuan Rigel Robinson Andrew-Ian Bullitt Jillian Free
2018-19 [34] Alexander Wilfert Hung Huynh Nuha Khalfay Melany Amarikwa Sophie Bandarkar
2019-20 [35] Amma Sarkodee-Adoo Andy Theocharous Varsha Sarveshwar Aastha Jha Nava Bearson

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "ASUC | Home". Associated Students of the University of California. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  2. ^ "Student Board - University of California Student Association". University of California Student Association. 2018 or 2019. Retrieved February 8, 2019. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Johnson, Robert S. (1966). "Berkeley: Student Government". University of California History. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  4. ^ ASUC Form 990 for the 2008-2009 tax year
  5. ^ ASUC Constitution of 1887
  6. ^ "ASUC". Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  7. ^ Glusman, Paul (October 6–12, 1967). "Anti-Plaque Claque Wins". Berkeley Barb. p. 14. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 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.
  8. ^ "Student Action - Every Student, Every Year". Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  9. ^ "CalSERVE". Archived from the original on 2017-12-16. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  10. ^ Article in The Daily Californian
  11. ^ Article in The Daily Californian
  12. ^ Article in The Daily Californian
  13. ^ Associated Students of the University of California Voter's Guide, 1996
  14. ^ a b c "What is the ASUC?". Associated Students of the University of California. Retrieved 2016-03-17.
  15. ^ a b c "ASUC Constitution". ASUC Central Drive (Google Drive).
  16. ^ "Staff Directory | ASUC". ASUC. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  17. ^ "Party Sweeps Top ASUC Seats - The Daily Californian". Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  18. ^ "Error-Ridden Cal-FACTS Stir Demand For VP Recall - The Daily Californian". Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  19. ^ "Elections Results Finally Released - The Daily Californian". Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  20. ^ Appointed after the elected candidate, Matt Holohan, stepped down shortly after his election.
  21. ^ "Student Action Sweeps Executive Office Slate - The Daily Californian". Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  22. ^ "Cal-SERVE Sweeps - The Daily Californian". Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  23. ^ "Editorial: The Daily Californian Endorsements - The Daily Californian". Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  24. ^ 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.
  25. ^ "Student Action Rises Again: Leybovich Nets ASUC Presidency - The Daily Californian". Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  26. ^ Staff, J. D. Morris | Senior (2012-04-19). "2012 ASUC general election results". The Daily Californian. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  27. ^ Staff, Curan Mehra | Senior (2013-04-18). "ASUC Election 2013 results: CalSERVE takes 3 of 4 partisan executive seats". The Daily Californian. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  28. ^ Staff, Megan Messerly | Senior (2014-04-17). "2014 ASUC general election results". The Daily Californian. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  29. ^ As ASUC President, Pavan Upadhyayula was the de jure acting AAVP under the ASUC Constitution during the constitution. However, AAVP Chief-of-Staff Denim Ohmit was the de facto acting AAVP.
  30. ^ "Mon-Shane Chou confirmed as academic affairs vice president | The Daily Californian". The Daily Californian. 2014-10-09. Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  31. ^ Chinoy, Sahil; Weiner, Chloee (2015-04-16). "LIVE: Results from the 2015 ASUC general elections". The Daily Californian. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  32. ^ Staff, Katy Abbott | Senior (2016-04-08). "LIVE: Results from the 2016 ASUC general elections". The Daily Californian. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  33. ^ Andrea Platten | Senior Staff (2017-04-14). "LIVE: Results from the 2017 ASUC general elections". The Daily Californian. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  34. ^ "LIVE: Results from the 2018 ASUC general elections". The Daily Californian. 2018-04-13. Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  35. ^ "LIVE: Results from the 2019 ASUC general elections". The Daily Californian. 2019-04-14. Retrieved 2019-05-18.

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