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Meet Your ASMC Committees

The Associated Students of Mills College (ASMC) is the voice of the student body to the College administration on academic issues, honor code concerns and more.

Here’s the Campanil guide to your ASMC committees and the executives who chair them.

The ASMC Executive Board and a recent ASMC alumna prepared for the academic year at a retreat. From left to right: Judicial Chair Claudia Hernandez, Vice President Rebecca Freeman, former President Amelia Lopez, Academic Chair Maja Sidzinska, President Modesta Tamayo, Accountant Kate Smith, Internal Affairs Chair Soo Choi and Historian Nicole Washington. (Angela Batista)

Modesta Tamayo, President

The Student Services Committee advocates for students’ needs in regular meetings with Housing Management and Dining Services, Campus Facilities, Student Health Services, Public Safety and other on-campus resources. The Health Senator attends college health services meetings. Tamayo chooses a committee member to serve on the Alumnae Association and act as a liaison between students and alumnae.

Office hours: Monday 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Rebecca Freeman, Vice President

The Diversity and Social Justice Committee is all about inclusion and creating a safe enough space for students. It works closely with the College Diversity Committee, Student Diversity Programs and Joining All Mills Affinity Associations. The committee also meets with and coordinates information and events among all affinity groups on campus, like the Mary Atkins Lounge and the Women of Color Resource Center.

Office hours: Monday 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Kate Smith, Accountant

The Finance Committee handles students’ special funding requests and other questions about student club financing. Special funding is available to all undergrads, but students must show ASMC that the money will be spent in a way that gives back to the student body. Past uses of special funding have included paying guest speaker fees, organizing dances and representing Mills at conferences.

Office hours: Wednesday and Thursday noon to 2 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to noon.

Maja Sidzinska, Academic Chair

The Academic Affairs Committee deals with student ideas and concerns about what happens in the classroom. The committee stays informed of the College’s academic policies and goals by sitting in on faculty division meetings. Sidzinska even reports to the Board of Trustees. The committee also publishes the Mills Academic Research Journal, where students showcase their undergraduate work.

Office hours: Tuesday 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Wednesday 12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Soo Choi, Internal Affairs Chair

The Internal Affairs Committee runs all ASMC elections, interviews and emergency appointments. The committee recruits ASMC leaders during the semester and plans ASMC retreats. If an ASMC leader fails to carry out the expected responsibilities, Internal Affairs investigates the situation.

Office hours: Tuesday 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to
10:30 a.m.

Claudia Hernandez, Judicial

The Judicial Affairs Committee is a liaison for students who have concerns or suggestions about college policies. The committee educates students about community standards and the Student Honor Code, and mediates college judicial procedures. Judicial Affairs also looks over the ASMC constitution and can propose changes.

Office hours: Monday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cathalina Ainzua, Publicity

The Public Relations Committee publicizes ASMC events (and other noteworthy campus happenings) and acts as a liaison to all publications. The committee also lets students know the different ways to contact ASMC, from office hours to e-mail. Updates are also given to the Mills community each semester.

Office hours: Monday 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Nicole Washington, Historian

Washington doesn’t lead a committee, but she works closely with the Publicity Chair and her committee. Washington also records and organizes meeting minutes and passes down materials to the new ASMC Executive Board. Finally, Washington orders stoles for graduating students who have served on ASMC.

Office hours: Tuesday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Should Mills go smoke-free?

ASMC will hold a public discussion about this issue at their Oct. 10 full board meeting in GSB 124.

The smoke-free dialogue begins at 6:45 p.m. The meeting is open to the Mills community–undergrads and graduate students, faculty and staff, smokers and non-smokers. The objective is conversation; ASMC will not be coming to a vote that night.

For questions, email or stop by the ASMC office in Rothwell E.