Associated Students Inc. (ASI) voted unanimously to approve Caroline Alvarez as the new acting president during a special Senate meeting Wednesday afternoon.
Following the resignation of former President Cinthya Arriaga-Sanchez on July 15, the Senate voted in favor of the presidential line of succession, according to which the EVP would fill the position if accepted.
Executive Vice President Karen Carrillo turned down seat and Finance Vice President Gabriel Parra, next in line for the presidency, also declined the position.
Alvarez, who initially served as vice president of external affairs (VPEX), accepted the presidency.
“So first and foremost, I think this would be the quickest and easiest way for ASI to move through the vacancy,” Alvarez said. “Having said that, I feel like it’s the easiest because I already have a precedent [executive] experience, which means I already have a pretty good working relationship with management.”
In her time as vice president of external affairs, Alvarez worked on projects including hosting an open forum for National Voter Registration Day with Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta.
Alvarez also served as a member of the Cal State Student Association (CSSA), a student-led organization that supports California State University (CSU) students, during her tenure as VPEX.
“My role at CSSA [is] connecting with different student leaders at the various CSUs and talking to them about their issues there and if Fresno State has them as well,” he said.
Alvarez noted that student housing and Title IX are areas that have problems throughout the CSU system.
Alvarez is also a student commissioner for the California Student Aid Commission. She said this role has shown her that the CSU system has “the worst rate for financial aid” and said she hopes to work with the administration to improve resources for students.
Business and Resident Affairs Senator Megan Torres voiced her support for Alvarez, citing Alvarez’s support for Torres menstrual justice project.
“He is one of the most capable, most dedicated, hardworking individuals I have ever met. I know this is one of the fastest and easiest routes, but it can also be one of the best,” Torres said.
Alvarez’s term as president is effective immediately, according to James D. Martinez, ASI’s chief operating officer.
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