Bakersfield College

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Meet the Candidates

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Pic_Exe Picture Team (Rayven Webb, Dezi Von Manos, Dontae Smith, and Lawrence Salcido Jr)

BCSGA President-Elect: Dezi Von Manos

BCSGA Vice President-Elect: Lawrence Salcido Jr

BCSGA Director of Student Organizations: Dontae Smith

KCCD Student Trustee: Rayven Webb

 

Candidates for BCSGA President

Dezi Von Manos Dezi Von Manos

Major: Communication

Manos understands the importance of collaboration between a group or groups of people, that would allow for the proper functioning of an institution. With skills such as leadership, critical thinking, adaptability, and effective communication, as well as holding positions on campus such as President of M.E.Ch.A and a Supplemental Instructional Leader, Manos sets forth an understanding that would allow the political body of Bakersfield College to continue excelling in voicing student opinions, concerns, and needs in an equal and professional manner. With this, Manos strives to maintain the integrity of BCSGA, leaving her only one option if selected for President, and that is to succeed in representing the student body of Bakersfield College.

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Involved with:
- BC M.E.Ch.A, President
- BCSGA Director of Legislative Affairs
- Supplemental Instruction, Leader
- Bakersfield City School District P.A.L.S, Parent Leader
- Provides support, information, and resources for low-income, previously incarcerated, and adults/parents who seek to further their education and enhance their lives

 


Daniel Mechem Daniel Mechem

Major: Nursing

Mechem is in his second year at BC majoring in Nursing with a minor in Communications. He is a US Marine Corps Veteran, and a member of the Veterans Club and Phi Theta Kappa. Mechem's experiences have given him the opportunity to work with many different people and he knows how important it is to be able to work together to accomplish goals while building lasting bonds. Mechem believes that the students of BC don’t realize how much power they have and that they need an advocate to be their voice. Mechem is no stranger to hard work and if he is given the honor of serving as the BCSGA President he will be the voice of the student body and their biggest advocate. He also believes that the BCSGA needs to work hand in hand with the faculty to effect changes that will benefit the students while they are here at BC as well in their academic and professional careers. 

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Involved with:
- BC Veterans Club

 


Candidates for BCSGA Vice President

Lawrence Salcido Jr Lawrence Salcido Jr

Major: Psychology

Salcido attended BC in the Autumn of 2008 and quickly found himself overwhelmed and dropped out in 2009. Since 2014, however, he has returned to fix his mistakes, create new experiences, and assist however he can to make sure that no student feels the way that he once did. Salcido has been a tutor for over a year and helps students in the subjects of Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Logic, and English. Though his major is in Psychology he has also found a love for Philosophy and American Sign Language. At present, he is the President of the Student Learning Alliance student organization on campus, an advocate for the Deaf and other disabled students, as well as an active member in the BC Renegamers. He is running for Vice President because he knows that he holds the connections and skills to improve the student and faculty perception of the BCSGA. His primary goal will be to close the gap between the BCSGA and the student body, as well as the gap between the BCSGA and faculty. Fixing these gaps will allow the BCSGA to appropriately and properly be the voice of the student body.

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Involved with:
- Extra-Life Gaming Charity
- BC Renegamers
- Student Learning Alliance
- American Sign Language Club
- CSUB Campus Gamers
- Bakersfield College Tutoring Center

 


Candidates for BCSGA Director of Student Organizations

Dontae Smith Dontae Smith

Major: Art

As the current director of student organizations Smith, along with the help of his amazing team, were able to make many great and new achievements this year for the student organizations at Bakersfield College. If re-elected, he would like to continue his work to maintain the progress they have made as well as improve upon it to further the progress in which the student organizations are seen, heard, and understood. And this would not just be on our local campus, but hopefully to the public eye of the Bakersfield community. He hopes you will consider him as a possible choice for your vote this election season.

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Involved with:
- BC Men's Swim Team

 


Candidates for KCCD Student Trustee

Rayven Acosta-Webb Rayven Webb

Major: Engineering Technician and American Sign Language

Acosta-Webb is a sophomore student here at Bakersfield College and would now like to apply for the position of KCCD Student Trustee. She is a double major here at the college focusing on Engineering and American Sign Language. Her previous experience consists of working as the BCSGA Public Relations Manager in the fiscal year of 2016-2017. What she can offer is a new perspective, as well as an understanding of the diverse needs she has on campus. She wants to become more involved with her campus organizations, staff and fellow students to help create a louder voice for all who attend, and reach out within all areas of the college. She thinks it’s most important that all Renegades know that their opinions and concerns matter. She would like to utilize her ability to listen and help get the ball rolling in areas in which people have found themselves stuck or felt neglected. She will try her best to help generate change that benefits all attending KCCD Colleges and would be honored if selected for this position so that she may be one step closer to her personal goal of helping KCCD continue to thrive.

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Involved with:
- American Sign Language Club, Member
- Bakersfield High School, Cadet Training Officer
- Bakersfield Club of the Deaf, Member
- BCSGA, Public Relations Manager
- M.E.Ch.A Club, Member

 

Candidates for BCSGA Senator

Erika Alvarez Erika Alvarez

Major: Political Science

As a previous concurrent enrollment student and now a full-time student, I have taken a variety of courses in subjects ranging from the humanities to STEM as well as times from 8 A.M to 6 P.M. As an employee of the MESA program and the Barnes and Noble bookstore here at Bakersfield College, I have the opportunity to interact with students more often. I have experienced the various groups of students and types of people that must be represented. As a SGA senator, I will commit to making decisions based on the best interest of our diverse and beloved BC.

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Involved with:
- Pre-Law Program

 


Mustafa Barraj Mustafa Barraj

Major: English

Barraj is willing to do what it takes to make Bakersfield College a better place. He will listen and respond to all the needs of the students and make sure that they have fun. His first goal for the next year would be providing more opportunities for community service to the class. Sometimes a couple hours is all a student can give, but it's also all the time a non-profit organization needs. Mustafa's second goal is to provide social activities for the student body, as well as other activities that bring the diverse populations of the BC campus together. His third and final main goal is to better the quality of life among Bakersfield College’s students and work with his fellow council members to improve BC and the community.

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Juan Francisco Cantu Juan Francisco Cantu

Major: Chemical Engineering

If anyone can, I Cantu!

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Involved with:
- ACS
- MESA
- Automobile Club

 


Jose Manuel Cortez Jose Manuel Cortez

Major: Fire Technology

Cortez is a hard working individual who also works well as a team. He loves leading and working with people. Cortez has experience in BCSGA and knows what is required for this position.

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Involved with:
- BCSGA Committees and Departments, Senator - BC Wrestling

 


Emmanuel Limaco Emmanuel Limaco

Major: Engineering and Communication

Limaco is an aspiring student at Bakersfield College currently attending his second year. He currently serves his community in a variety of ways, and is happy to include the student community as part of his service. He has had many experiences in his life which have not always been positive, yet he has discovered how to utilize those experiences in order to positively impact others who have or may be going through the same or similar situations. Limaco continues to try and help as many individuals as are willing to be helped, and also continues to be a positive influence in the lives of the younger generation. While he has not been a major part of the Student Government, Limaco has volunteered much of his time over the course of the past year, and continues to make himself available for service. While he is here, Limaco promises to be a strong voice of the Students of the campus not only here in Bakersfield but also from the other campuses which are part of the Bakersfield College family. Limaco promises to represent every student equally, even those who may not feel as though they are being represented adequately enough.

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Involved with:
- Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A.)
- African American Student Union/Mentors Program (A.A.S.U./A.A.M.P.)
- Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society
- Free on the Outside Club
- Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA)
- Extended Opportunities, Programs, and Services (E.O.P. & S.)
- Way of Faith Ministries Int'l
- American Red Cross

 


 Jose E. Lopez Jose E. Lopez

Major: Communication

Even though Bakersfield college has 17,000 students on campus how many of them participate in school related activates? According to Julie Mayfield from US News, “It allows students to become connected to their school: Colleges are full of resources, but the responsibility is on the student to seek them out. Being involved helps them to do that." This relates to Bakersfield College because as a college it sees many students at a daily basis. There is a correlation with students that participate in student activities and students who do not. If we are to want the success of our students, we must take care of this aspect in a student’s life. We must have ongoing activities for our students to participate in. Class is half the battle. The half is social connection because much of college learning happens outside the classroom. Jose Eduardo Lopez will bring fresh new ideas on how to go about improving the student experience at Bakersfield College. When elected, he will vote on propositions that will make a positive impact to the student’s experience. To be a complete student, one must have both fun, along with homework time, to be a cohesive student to maximize college experience.

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Involved with:
- M.E.Ch.A Club
- Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

 


Brittney Lumsden-Ross Brittney Lumsden-Ross

Major: Undeclared

Brittney Lumsden-Ross wants to be a part of BCSGA to be a voice for the many students who may often feel that they go unheard or unnoticed. She wants to be able to make a difference on our campus and be a part of something bigger than herself that will allow for her to be a positive change for others.

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Involved with:
- The Bakersfield Pageant
- Kern County Young Republicans.

 


Ganae Romo Ganae Romo

Major: Business Administration and Communication

As a student of Bakersfield College, Romo would like to bring awareness to various issues where individuals may not have a voice. Some of these issues are as follows: * Preventing unconscious bias on and around campus *Enhance the level of safety of the students and property using existing public safety programs. * To speak on the behalf of student and faculty in accordance to academic policies and academic fairness.

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Involved with:
- Financial Aid, Student Employee

 


Nisha Sharma Nisha Sharma

Major: Electrical Engineering

Sharma would like to run for the position of senator for BCSGA to continue representing campus and its student body. She cares primarily about the allocation of funding towards projects that would best improve a student's experience on campus from both inside and outside the classroom.

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Involved with:
- WISE Club
- MESA
- Rotaract

 


 James Michael Tompkins James Michael Tompkins

Major: Psychology

Tompkins is a second semester student at B.C. He values the opportunities that have been given to him since becoming a Renegade and have been driven by that to run for a BCSGA senator seat. During his freshmen year here, he has been exposed to an abundance of ideas, cultures, and beliefs in an amazingly welcoming environment. It will be his first priority as a senator to ensure that this continues for future Renegades of all cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles. As a senator, he would like to advocate for current and future student groups and activities by expanding what is currently available and by working together with peers to develop new ideas to bring to the campus body. It is also an interest of his to research and attempt to expand the Renegade Pantry to better serve our student body in what he sees as an essential student need. If he is voted in as a Senator, he promises to vehemently, accurately, and passionately represent the student body to the best of his abilities.

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Involved with:
- Volunteer counselor 40 hrs a week at a local Sober Living Environment named Positive Visions since February 2016. At Positive Visions he help guys re-enter to society by assisting in resume building, job searching, GED preparation, and simply being a listening ear. It's sometimes emotionally taxing, but the emotional payback when a guy starts to excel is absolutely worth it.
- Free on the Outside. We are establishing this club to promote an accepting environment for students who are attempting to put their life back on a path that leads to success after being incarcerated or having any sort of difficulty with the judicial system. They are going to be promoting group study sessions/ tutoring, community service, some food services, and any help finding classes/ seeking out councilors/ financial aid/ and all services surrounding enrollment in our campus. All with the intention of creating a path to success through barriers that have been problems for previous students in beginning their academic career.

 


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