Mathew Carrick / Guest Writer
My name is Mathew Carrick, and I have the pleasure of being the new president of the Associated Students of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (ASUAF). This is my third year at Fairbanks studying Mathematics and Economics, and I am greatly excited to have the opportunity to further serve the UAF community. My other involvements include the Model United Nations club, the Student Ambassador program, and the New Student Orientation program. My aim in this letter is to communicate and explain my goals for the upcoming year, and offer you the opportunity to get involved.
First, what is ASUAF? Strictly speaking, everyone who takes three or more credits on a Fairbanks campus is a member of ASUAF. This involves paying a $42 a semester fee that goes toward student government and all of its services (including representation, travel grants, club funding, legal consultation, faxing, and graphic design), the Sun Star, and KSUA radio. My job focuses on the student government part: it’s my responsibility to make sure that your wishes as students are known to the administration, and that administrative decisions and their impacts on your lives are explained to you. My function is to help make sure that students get the most out of their academic and campus life experiences, and that
My plan for accomplishing all of this focuses on two main areas: violence and sexual assault prevention and making ASUAF accessible and transparent. The need for the first is apparent. I find it unacceptable that sexual harassment and assault, as well as any other forms of violence, should still be common problems in the modern age. My administration has already begun working with UAF’s Title IX coordinators to mobilize the student population against violence and encourage peer-based networking and communication. The second issue, transparency and accessibility, is also pressing for ASUAF. Ideally, all students should be able to derive benefit from student government, and it’s my goal to make our services more well-known and easy-to-access. I encourage all students to visit our office behind the Wood Center stairs to see what we offer, ranging from club funding and travel grants to graphic design to legal consultation. Over the course of the next year, I aim to increase visibility among students and increase involvement through greater activity and smarter marketing throughout campus.
Finally, I have a note for those interested in getting involved and gaining leadership experience or helping ASUAF achieve its goals. There are three main ways you can get started: join the Senate either by election or appointment, join a UAF board or commission, or apply for one of the hiring opportunities at ASUAF. If you want more information, feel free to stop in at the office or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Whether your interest is in student government, KSUA, the Sun Star, Sustainability, or any other student organization, ASUAF is here to help. The campus is brimming with opportunities to gain leadership experience and tools that help you work in and through organizations. We offer real opportunities to help shape the future of our University, our city, and our state. I look forward to working with the student body this coming year, and hope you’ll join me to fulfill all the wonderful potential our community has.