Hi Aggies! My name is Amanjot Singh Gandhoke, and I am absolutely stoked to be running to be one of your next ASUCD Senators! As a first-generation college student, the son of immigrant parents, and someone who is part of an underrepresented and under-voiced Sikh community, I never imagined myself having the opportunity to pursue a position of such prestige and influence. Growing up in the small, central valley town of Atwater meant that I’d only been exposed to a miniscule scope of demographics, interests, and preferences. Luckily, my transition to UC Davis has come with a learning experience that has gone outside of the classroom, consisting of a diverse breadth of individuals, groups, and opportunities.
My time in the Sikh Cultural Association, role of UC Davis Field Day coordinator with the College of Ag, position of Vice President of Finance in Alpha Gamma Rho, involvement with the Distinguished Teaching Awards Committee, and experience in the Economics and Business Student Association have given me a unique perspective on what our institution excels at, as well as areas of much-needed improvement. I hope to use this knowledge towards being an advocate for positive and proactive reform as an ASUCD Senator.
As Aggies, our pride in consistently being recognized as the top agriculture school in the world runs deep. One of my several measures are to give students that’re pursuing a degree in agriculture a greater arsenal of opportunities. I aim to act on this through company outreach events for recruiting purposes, starting with a career fair tailored specifically to agricultural endeavours. Over the years, our school has dedicated an entire career fair around STEM majors, and rightfully so. With that in mind, it is within reason for UCD to implement a career fair, specifically for students studying under ag-related majors, to reinforce our school’s greatest strength.
As a third year, I’ve yet to have a Sikh role model in a position of power whom I can take after; unfortunately, an unacceptably large amount of individuals (both Sikh and from various other communities) have shared similar concerns. I’m setting out to be a role model that others can look towards in order to elevate their underrepresented communities. An existing lack of representation has driven my need to be a Sikh student leader that can both become a voice for communities that don’t have one, and inspire the next wave of individuals to step up and take on a position of influence and power.
My parents immigrated to the United States for a better and safer life for their children; when it came time to let me go off to college, they were hesitant and concerned for my safety. Although they knew I’d never drive intoxicated, they remained concerned over others on the road and their poor decisions. Luckily, after hearing about UCD’s Tipsy Taxi, my parents and I let out a sigh of relief. On top of saving the lives of intoxicated students struggling to get home at night, this service also protects unsuspecting, non-intoxicated individuals from becoming the next victim in a drunk-driving accident. Hearing that Tipsy Taxi had been discontinued this year hit close to home, as I’ve lost 4 friends over the past five years to drunk driving. I refuse to let that number climb up to 5 and will not go down without a fight in bringing back this vital service.