04 Mar Meet Your Board: AS President, Phoebe Dye
Hey gators! Along with providing great events, programs, and services to students, Associated Students also consists of a student government represented by students just like you. These board members help oversee our 13 programs and services and provide a voice for the student body.
We’d like to introduce a new category to 19th Ave, Meet Your Board. Every other week, you will get to know your fellow board members and learn fun facts about them. This week we’d like to formally introduce you to our Associated Students President, Phoebe!
What is your name and title?
Phoebe Alice Dye
President & CEO of Associated Students, Inc.
What inspired you to run for office?
I’m someone who cannot help but fight for something, to the point where I am kept up at night if I haven’t done everything I am capable of doing to make a difference, even in the life of one person. I am driven mad by injustices, cruelties, and unfairnesses, so much so that I am compelled every day to take action and make change. So I was appointed to the board as a Freshman, and quickly fell in love with the work we were doing for students and this campus. Ever since, I have felt such a responsibility to use my skills and my knowledge and my passion for people to make the lives of students better.
What do you love most about your position?
To be honest, I never wanted to be president. I hate being in the spotlight and I thought that’s what this position was all about. But I quickly learned that this position has nothing to do with me, and everything to do with every other student on campus. And that’s what I love. I get to wake up everyday and be in a position that allows me to change lives. And whether that’s in the form of showing people where to get free condoms, advocating for more funding for the CSU up in Sacramento, or starting a food pantry on campus, everything we do in AS can genuinely make the experience a student has on this campus and in higher education that much better.
If you had to pick any artist’s concert to attend (dead or alive) who would you want to see?
Where is your favorite place to eat in SF?
That’s way too hard to choose just one.
Tai: Marnee Tai
Indian: Udupi Palace
Mexican: Taqueria Cancun
Singaporean: Lime Tree
Breakfast: Devil’s teeth
Ice cream: Mitchell’s
Do you have any hidden talents? If so, what are they?
I can stand on my head!
What dance do you practice in the mirror?
Some secrets should be left untold.
If you had to be a pizza topping, which one would you be?
I’d be the whole pizza crust because I not-so-secretly love bread.
What is something you hate that everyone else loves?
Bananas! They smell so bad and feel like chewed food.
If you can veto one law, which one would it be?
So the three most important years of your life are from ages 0-3. Your brain develops up to 80% of it’s adult size in just those three years, and you begin to develop the ways you give and receive love, how you interact with others and the world, and your own identity. The people guiding & teaching children between those ages are Infant/Toddler & Preschool Teachers. They are only required by law to have completed 9 university units of Early Childhood Education courses (that’s only three classes!) to be a head teacher in the state of California. For someone influencing children in every way in the years of their lives that set the foundation for the rest of their being, they should AT LEAST be required to hold a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education/Child Development.
What’s your favorite snack?
Just Mangos from Trader Joe’s.
What is your favorite memory at SF State?
In my four years of being here, I have never been more proud to be an SF State student than on the day hundreds of students marched and stood up to defend the College of Ethnic Studies at the town hall with President Wong. This is a new favorite memory because the love and solidarity that students were showing for one another and their hxstories was palpable. The individuals who truly make up the identity of this campus came and united together, and it was such a privilege to witness and be part of it all.
Do you have any advice for your fellow classmates?
Finding balance in everything you do during your time here is so important. You have to take care of and love yourself just as much (if not more) as you want to do that for others. Nobody will teach you that in your classes. Also, it’s okay to not have all the answers, but don’t be a bystander. Go out and seek the answers you do not have. Challenge yourself, and step out of your comfort zone, because you have the agency to change things and face the challenges that students on this campus have. Don’t wait to be something to do something.
Every day, it is important to recognize the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women just like our very own AS President, Phoebe. Join the International Womyn’s Day celebration next Tuesday in Malcom X Plaza. The Women’s Center will be hosting spoken word performances, tabling, and fun games!