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Candidate Profile: Anna Nelson
By Nikki Pritchard

Anna Nelson, a second-year Merrill College student, is running for SUA Chair on a slate with Amrit Sidhu and Chris Cudrano. The three students are united in their demand of the establishment of critical race and ethnic studies program at UCSC.

A HAVC and Art double-major, Nelson said her work on a campus graffiti documenting project made her more aware of hateful attitudes toward students of color. She said campus response has been insufficient, and that a new academic program is necessary to address bigotry.

“There is a lot of hostility toward students of color on this campus,” she said. “The administration’s band-aid solutions are not working. My main point is getting critical race and ethnic studies at this school.”

Nelson said she has been active in the campus community organizing with other students for the past year. She said she wants to use SUA’s influence to further student views.

“I see a lot of potential in SUA,” she said. “They have a lot of resources that could be better used to project the student voice.”

For Nelson, the green efforts on campus and positive academic environment are UCSC’s strongest attributes. She sees a need for full disclosure and open dialogue, which she plans to address by working closely with student organizations and the administration.

“I want to improve communication between administration and students,” she said. “I want to get information from SUA to the general student body.”

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