ASSU

About Us

The Nominations Commission (NomCom) is a body of undergraduate and graduate students charged with appointing students to various university committees which include the Board of Trustees, the Office of the President & Provost, Academic Council, and Student Affairs. It is essential that student voices shape University policies and NomCom makes this possible!

 

Serving on a university committee allows you to directly impact the Stanford community in unique ways. Committee members have opportunities to present their perspectives on student life and academic policies. Successful representatives will ensure that diverse student voices are incorporated into Committee planning. Undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Our Mission

The ASSU Nominations Commission seeks to empower the diverse Stanford University student body by executing the nomination and appointment of undergraduate and graduate students to committees and boards across the university. We strive to uplift and amplify the voices of all students within spaces where critical change is made and the representation of the Stanford University student body is necessary. With particular recognition afforded to the historical and ongoing exclusion of voices from marginalized communities, the ASSU Nominations Commission is committed to ensuring equitable and inclusive representation is implemented and valued across this institution.

Events

Throughout the year, the Nominations Commission will host quarterly mixers for current student representatives to build community and information sessions for interested students to learn about the Committee application process. Additionally, student representatives may host Office Hours or hold 1:1 conversations with relevant stakeholders as needed. Please reach out to student representatives directly for more information on the activity and progress of individual Committees.

How To Apply

Rolling Application: For vacant committees, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis at any time throughout the academic year to fill existing openings. Please email nomcom@assu.stanford.edu after you submit an application here. Within two weeks, you will be notified of a decision if you are selected to move forward. 

General Application: Applications are no longer open for 2023-2024 Academic Year Committee Appointments. Interviews will be conducted throughout Weeks 6-9 of winter quarter. If Committee slots for the 2023-2024 Academic Year are not filled during this application process, a second general application process will open during Spring Quarter.

Applicants are evaluated across 6 key criteria:

  1. Preparedness: We seek to appoint students that respond timely, answer professionally and arrive ready to answer questions about their qualifications. Preparedness for committee interviews indicates future preparedness required for serving on a committee with Faculty and other University Stakeholders.
  2. Motivation: Student representatives must have a compelling reason for joining the committees to which they apply. Applicants should have ideas for what they hope to accomplish during their committee tenure and be able to articulate why those changes are necessary for the Stanford Community.
  3. Community Involvement: Campus engagement allows students to gauge and understand diverse student concerns. Heavily involved applicants have a strong commitment towards making a difference at Stanford.
  4. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Student representatives are required to uplift and amplify the voices of all students within spaces where critical change is made and the representation of the Stanford University student body is necessary. With particular recognition afforded to the historical and ongoing exclusion of voices from marginalized communities, students must be able to explain how their intended goals will contribute to more diverse, equitable and inclusive campus policies.
  5. Advocacy: Serving on a committee demands advocacy to lobby for necessary change. Student representatives must be able to effectively convey their reasoning in support or against proposed decisions during committee meetings.
  6. Leadership: In order to be effective committee members, committee applicants should possess past experience(s) leading a team. Student representatives must be able to lead committee conversations, should their individual committee require leadership initiatives.

 

Our Team 22-23

Matthew Jacquez

Matthew Jacquez (he/they) is a senior coterm student from Southern California pursuing a BA in Public Policy with a minor in Data Science and a MS in Management Science & Engineering. On campus, they are the House Manager of Stanford’s Queer Student Resources and a 2nd year Resident Assistant in the Meier House. As the Chair of the Nominations Commission, they hope to ensure diverse representation across University Committees and make Stanford a more welcoming place through appointing students passionate about implementing systemic change.

Jada Hallman

Jada Hallman (she/her) is a senior coterm student studying Communication. At Stanford, she is a peer advisor for the Communication Department, a Research Assistant in both the Media and Personality Lab as well as the Social Media Lab, and a Resident Assistant (RA) in the Well House. In her free time, Jada enjoys baking, traveling, and spending time with her loved ones. She is so excited to be a member of this team for her second year and to support students getting involved with university committees

Grace Bagga

Grace Bagga (she/her) is a senior from Louisville, KY majoring in Psychology and minoring in Data Science. On campus, she serves as a Co-President of Cap and Gown and a Resident Assistant. Additionally, she is a Research Assistant in the Stanford Neurodevelopment, Affect, and Psychopathology Lab and the Social Media Lab. This year, Grace is excited to recruit talented and engaged students to serve on University Committees.

Eric Benitez

Eric Benitez (he/him) is a first-generation Mexican-American and a first-generation college student, Eric Benitez (he/him) is a Senior undergraduate majoring in Political Science with concentrations in Elections, Representation, and Governance, as well as International Relations. At Stanford, Eric participates in various student organizations, including the Stanford International Affairs Society and the Stanford Pre-Law Society. He enjoys spending time getting to know other peers and their interests. A member of the Stanford Jazz Orchestra, Eric has been playing the saxophone for over 10 years!

Jasmyn Lopez

Jasmyn Lopez (she/her) is a first-generation college student from Santa Cruz, California in her Sophomore year of undergrad studying Biomedical Computation. She is an LSP X Scholar, involved in research from Flip The Script, and a member of Synapse, a peer support group. Outside of school, Jasmyn works as an EMT and spends time crocheting with friends. She is eager to recruit students who are passionate about equity and systemic change.

Gary Wu

Gary Wu (He/Him) is a first-generation Chinese Canadian and a 6th year PhD student in Aeronautics and Astronautics. His research is on computational fluid dynamics and noise related to aircraft engine exhaust. Gary is passionate about helping international students thrive at Stanford. During his spare time, he likes to work out in the gym and go karaoke with friends. This year, Gary looks forward to serving as a nomination commissioner to ensure a fair and inclusive process in appointing university committee members.

Linda Vera

Linda Vera (She/Her) is a sophomore majoring in International Relations. She is first generation Mexican-American and college student from Fort Worth, Texas. After undergrad, she intends to apply to Stanford’s Junior Deferral Program and attend law school, with the intention of studying immigration law. Linda is also the Public Interest Chair for Stanford Women in Law and the Community Service Chair for Hermanas. She is passionate about establishing an inclusive community with marginalized groups at Stanford. She is excited to be involved in ASSU as a nomination commissioner to engage with others and ensure the voices of students are heard and represented.

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