Common Ground Student Board 2021-22

2021-22 Common Ground Student Board

The Common Ground Center Student Board is a cornerstone of our governance structure. The Student Board contains at least 4 registered UCSC Students, at least 3 of which are also on the Common Ground Executive Committee. Duties and responsibilities of all members of Common Ground leadership are to hold to the Common Ground core commitments, values and guiding principles while working and contributing to the decision making process of all Center activities. In addition to collaborating with the Executive Committee on certain activities, there are specific activities for which the Student Board has sole responsibility over (such as managing funds and projects related to their Campus Sustainability Council grants).   

Their responsibilities include:

  • Upholding the core values of the Common Ground Center, as well as:

    • Abiding by the Kresge College Statement of Community Ethics, and the UCSC Principles of Community  

    • Being aware of University policy and issues of liability

  • Having Fiscal Decision Making

    • Managing funds from Campus Sustainability Council, and Measure 43

    • Writing grants

    • Budget Management/Tracking

  • Identifying ways to collaborate among branches of the Center

    • Event planning

  • Communicating updates, announcements, and requests

    • Maintaining communicative relationship with Executive Committee and Outreach & Media Team

  • Inviting new students to the board

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Common Ground Student Board Members

A strong component of Common Ground is student visibility, support, and representation. We encourage students to claim their own power and develop their full capacity to contribute to the world. 

Alexa Martin, Co-Chair


I am a 3rd year Psychology major with an Education minor. I love art and Yerba Mates, and I also have a passion for helping others succeed!


Andrea Monroy, Co-Chair


I am a prospective 4th year Economics and Math major. On my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading, and playing video and board games.


Waleed Ghazal, World Cafe Coordinator


I am a 4th year pure Math major (formerly computer engineering) and I like to play drums, listen to music, hike in nature, hang out with friends and watch soccer!


Puja Vasan, Co-Media Coordinator


I am a 4th year cognitive science major and dance minor affiliated with Kresge. I love to dance, watch comedy TV shows, and travel!


Ashley Martinez, Co-Media Coordinator


I am a 4th year Sociology and Environmental Studies double major. I love to play volleyball, make acrylic nails, and spend time with my dog, Buzz!


Mari Benavides, Winter Intern


I’m a fourth year legal studies and sociology major. I like plants, to read, watch movies, and spend time with my animals.


Hannah Hall, Winter Intern


I’m a first year proposed Psychology major. I love deep diving into music, cooking with friends, and exploring the woods.