11 Mar Meet Your Board: Alexandra Velasquez
Hey Gators! We’d like to introduce you to your VP of Internal Affairs, Alex Velasquez. She’s in charge of planning, coordinating, and outreach of all AS programs. In addition, Alex assists the committee that hires staff members for our 13 programs. In her leadership role, she represents you by making decisions that shape the future of the student body. Learn more about Alex and get to know your fellow board member!
What is your name and title?
My name is Alexandra Velasquez and I am the proud Vice President of Internal Affairs.
What inspired you to run for office?
Initially, I started working with Associated Students my sophomore year as a Board of Directors Intern. Being an intern opened up my eyes to everything the board had to offer. It goes beyond shows and events, we encourage students succeed academically, financially, socially, and mentally. All the programs that we provide for students inspired me to run for office. I fell in love with our 13 programs (soon to be 14) and wanted to be in a position where I could help them grow, so that we can continue to inspire thousands of students a year.
What do you love most about your position?
I love that I have access to a leadership role that allows me to make decisions and shape the way our future happens. I love being able to work with all our programs, from The Depot to the Women’s Center. For example, I am currently involved with the Program Council in creating a new program for students. AS is growing every day and I am proud to help serve our students in providing them more resources.
If you had to pick any artist’s concert to attend (dead or alive) who would you want to see?
Pink Floyd all the way…with Syd Barrett, of course! This is my absolute favorite band of all time. They transformed music and connected with fans in ways that were never done before. I can genuinely say that this band shape me as a person and helped with unfortunate circumstances; constantly lifting me up when I was feeling low. Their lyrics evoke meanings, they took stances on political issues and reminded everyone worldwide that life was filled with good vibes and good thoughts. I would do anything to see them live.
Where is your favorite place to eat in SF?
Shalimar. It is the best Indian Food I have ever had in my life. It’s in the Tenderloin, I definitely recommend it.
What dance do you practice in the mirror?
When I was in elementary school my friends and I did a dance to Ciara’s 1, 2, Step. Every time this song comes on, you’ll find me practicing my killer dance moves!
If you had to be a pizza topping, which one would you be?
Pineapple for sure, it’s BOMB on pizza.
What do you want written on your tombstone?
I don’t want a tombstone, I want to be cremated and have my ashes thrown around the world.
What is something you hate that everyone else loves?
I hate watching T.V. I can never sit through an entire episode and I also can’t watch an entire movie for 2 or more hours, by the half of the movie I’m already over it and I just have to get up and go do something.
If you can veto one law, which one would it be?
The War on Drugs has led to mass incarceration, filling our prisons with non-violent people who should not serve a life in prison sentence for drug convictions. Therefore, there are many laws that have led to the massive incarceration on persons due to drugs. I believe that one law isn’t enough, and I would veto both mandatory minimum sentences which take out the courts discretion, and the three strike law, which indiscriminately targets minor crimes and minorities.
What’s your favorite snack?
Kettle Jalapeño, BOMB.
What is your favorite memory at SF State?
My favorite memory is when the students protested against Pouring Rights during the Town Hall with President Wong, or the Ethnic Studies Town Hall with President Wong; both moments really opened up my eyes to what San Francisco State University stands for. We are in one of the most empowering Universities in the nation. SF State is the only CSU out of the 23 that does not have Pouring Rights, now that’s what I call leaders.
Do you have any advice for your fellow classmates?
Take a leisure day when your mind and body tell you to. Everything will pass, just breathe and relax. If something does not happen, it is not meant to be. Let it be and breathe. If things get really bad, just go on a walk. Follow the path that speaks to you, and just walk. Take life like a river, let it flow.
Be on the lookout, we will be featuring a new board member each week! Don’t forget to follow us on all of our social media sites for updates and information about all AS news and events! Have a great weekend, gators!