Students learn how to make an impact in student government


Courtesy of Kayla Anaya

The Student Senate of the Associated Students of Cosumnes River College at the California State Capitol building on Jan. 27. The leadership team practiced lobbying at the Capitol on lobby day training.

The Associated Students of Cosumnes River College is the student government of the college and helps our college in ways to both connect and change our campus.

The ASCRC is separated into two different programs. The Student Senate, which is led by students as they learn how to make a change both on and off campus and gain leadership skills. The senate’s counterpart the Clubs and Event Board, funds and schedules events and activities for clubs to help bring students together.

“If there are any students that want to have a voice and make an impact on not just the campus, but on perhaps people outside of the campus, this is definitely a way to do it and actually implement change and get change done,” said 27-year-old political science major and student senate president, Jocelin Avila.

The Student Senate allows students to practice professionally discussing or in other terms lobbying on how to better the campus.

“The Student Senate focuses on implementing changes on campus in regards to what kind of changes we want to see,” Avila said. “Some of the things that we’re attempting to do is implement funds for the college campus so we can focus on mental health resources for students.”

Leadership Center Supervisor and ASCRC Advisor Kayla Anaya has been working with both the CAEB and Student Senate for nine months. She said she loves her job as their advisor and enjoys watching students learn and grow through the semester.

“Student government is so different than anything I’ve done before,” Anaya said.

Anaya said the students who join ASCRC gain skills and knowledge on how to govern.

“They learn a lot,” Anaya said. “Not just about running meetings, but about how to use different budgets”

Photography major and the Commissioner of the CAEB, November Rain, 27, said her job as the commissioner includes leading the combined meeting of the Student Senate and CAEB and discussing with the club representatives what they want their clubs to be a part of like events or celebrations during the semester.
“I would say it’s a great opportunity for students to gain leadership skills. Especially students who want to get involved in politics or government or people who want to become lawyers. The way we run meetings is very professional,” Anaya said.