President

Officer

Ayo Banjo 

(eye-yo ban-jo)

He/Him/His

Email suapres@ucsc.edu
Meeting Hours

Time:Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1-3PM 

By Appointment

Location: 2nd Floor, Student Union Building

Major Politics/ Legal Studies/ Education
College Oakes

 

About:

Hey y’all, my name is Ayo Banjo and I am so very excited to serve as your President for the academic year 2018-2019. I would like to formally introduce y’all to this year’s SUA!

 

I was born in Texas, and raised in California. My family is originally from Nigeria, specifically the Yoruba tribe. Growing up as an African and African-American has played an essential role to understanding the various identities we face in this world: the ones we’re born in and the ones involuntarily given to us. This effects us everywhere, especially on this campus. The student body has so many intersections of identities, and the way we address concerns must come from a place of unique and creative perspectives. I don’t believe in applying everything horizontally equal, because we don’t all need the same things. Leading the student body with a framework of vertical equity is my goal. We’re college students learning how to be the best versions of ourselves. I want you to know that college allows us to explore. And during this exploration of life, always know that we got your back. I hadn't always recieved that constant intersected equitable support growing up. And because of that, I look to give as much support from SUA and my office as possible. We’re a community of students, binded together by our urge to succeed and by the unique problems we each endure. So let us be here for you. I know I will.

 

Past Involvement:

Before SUA, I first became involved in my college student government (Oakes Senate). From there, I had the privilege and opportunity to be appointed as an Oakes Representative to SUA. I created and chaired a committee for a brief time, and then focused on allocating funding to smaller organizations and new events. I was also briefly involved in Lobby Corps.

Other than SUA, I have been actively involved in UCSC’s Black Student Union, Black Men’s Alliance, and a member of the first ever Student Success Advisory Committee under the Vice Provost of Student Success.

A large part of my previous involvement deals with organizing around tuition hikes and housing affordability. I have been an active advocate for increased funding in regards to mental health facilities, speaking at a UCSA press conference. I have organized around gun control, speaking at the March For Our Lives rally at the California State Capitol. And I was recently invited by the NAACP Youth and College Director to host workshops on college access and affordability. Organizing is in my veins, and is something that fuels my passion to create change around my environment.

 

Office Initiatives:

This year my office will be focusing on creating a new division under SUA, the Commission on Advanced Assistance for Students’ Lives (CAASL) focused on centering resources for students dealing with food insecurity, housing injustice, sexual violence, endangerment and more. Another large initiative under the presidential office will be creating a network of organizers that will foster growth within our community and give more opportunities to anyone who wants to become more proactive in grassroots organizing. A unique task the office will be taking on is UC-wide police reform. This will be met with a student-led task force focused on institutionalizing changes that could potentially provide a check on police presence, powers, and so much more. Feel free to contact me for a full detailed report.

 

Fun Facts about yourself:

I used to perform (singing, dancing). Now my life consist of paperwork.

I’m pretty sure I can still do the splits

I’ve been on TV before: Not as fun as you think.

 

I want every student to feel comfortable and confident to come and talk with SUA and the office of the President. We serve y’all, so please feel free to contact us for any concerns or potential collaborations.

 

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced”- James Baldwin

 

With gratitude and appreciation,

Ayo

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