My name is Kiryl Karpiuk (he/him/his) and I am a second year Politics major and Economics minor. I am also the College Nine elected SUA representative. As the SUA representative, Student Fee Advisory Committee appointee, College Nine senator, and member of the UCSC Democrats it is safe to say student government is my passion. Representing the College Nine community and making sure their voice is heard at all levels of student government is something that I believe is extremely important and is vital to improving student quality of life. I have done and will continue to do whatever I can to improve lives of students by working on issues of food insecurity, making sure their student fees are allocated efficiently into events and programs relevant to them, and in any other way I can make myself useful.
I have always felt an eagerness to improve the lives of people in my community. Therefore, I appreciate how SUA provides opportunities to be an active member in politics that impact student life. Finding solutions to student issues, while enriching their college experience, is my ultimate aspiration.
Katherine is a second year undergraduate student pursuing a double major in Politics & Legal Studies. Hailing from the Bay Area, she enjoys traveling, photography, immersing herself in people's stories, and having candlelit conversations about the elusive banana slug.
As the College Nine External Vice President, Katherine joined student government to promote student advocacy in issues such as diversity, women's empowerment, and educational equity. Additionally, she is committed to bolstering Asian American/Pacific Islander involvement in government, politics, and leadership.
Along with being a College Nine SUA representative for two years, she is also the Chief of Staff for the Student Union Assembly External Affairs office. She contributes to UC Student Association campaigns regarding tuition, food & housing insecurity, mental health awareness, combatting sexual assault, and increasing diversity on UC campuses.