Initiatives

@ Dave Cortese, Santa Clara County Supervisor, District 3

Student Outreach

As a representative of the students, I know how important it is that their beliefs, thoughts, and opinions are taken seriously. That is why I've implemented an initiative to increase transparency and student representation in local government. That doesn’t just mean city councils, and state assembly though. Student and district governments are a vital contributor to the quality of a student's learning experience, and often dictate how successful their education journey will be. 


This student outreach initiative has lead to the creation of: 

  • A weekly Trustee Report newsletter, explaining what I've been up to, and who I've met with to represent the students of this district
  • The creation of this website, to promote transparency and make it easier than ever to reach out to me
  • The adoption of a public calendar, enabling students to see which events I'm attending on a given day, and where I'll be in the weeks to come
  • The creation of social media pages explaining what I've been doing recently
    • Check out my new trustee instagram account! @wvctrustee
  • The expansion of my office hours, and time spent per week meeting with students
  • The implementation of a volunteer program, allowing students to see into, and participate in the process of representing them. 
    • Volunteers are also given titles, jobs, and projects which lead to meaningful learning experiences, valuable resume/job experience, and an increased student presence in 'the process.'

Increase Civic Engagement in Students

The students of the West Valley - Mission Community College District (WVMCCD) are hard working, passionate, and smart people. They know what they want to see in government, and work hard to overcome daily difficulties, often struggling with paying rent in such an expensive place to live. Problem is, studies show that a massive percentage of students like them... don't vote. This creates a reality where some of the smartest, hardest working people in our community are not represented in government. That is why I have tasked myself with doing everything I can to make their voices heard in government, make getting involved as easy as possible, and get them out to vote in November!

Register to Vote

Faculty Support

Supporting faculty and associate faculty is a necessary part of any good Trustee's priorities. It is essential that our part-time, and full-time faculty get the support they need so they can focus their attention on being the best educators possible. Worrying about rent, salary, and benefits only stands to get in the way of that vital teacher-student connection. 

Protecting Students

I believe it is my job to not only represent the students of my district, to but also protect them. That means I will ensure that:

  • Reports of sexual assault or harassment are taken seriously, and investigated fairly.
  • Economically disadvantaged students are given the support they need to thrive.
  • The district's police department has all the resources and staff it needs to protect us.
  • Undoccumented students are given every opportunity under the law to continue studying here.
  • Disciplinary hearings are conducted fairly and the accused students are represented properly.
  • The WVMCCD is a safe, fun community to thrive in.

Budget

ASWVC, as well as its host department (the Campus Center), have experienced a financial decline in the last few years. This means that the ASWVC budget is paying for things that were previously paid for by the school. I have made it my mission to not only ensure that ASWVC spends its money responsibly, but to also work to resolve the budgetary imbalances causing the problem in the first place. 

Building Community

A friendly community is key to fostering a healthy learning environment on campus. Student life leads to a sense of belonging and school pride. That is why my colleges on the Executive Board, as well as myself, have worked to make it easier for new students to make friends, get involved, and feel like they are a part of the Viking community! 

What I've been up to this week!