Hi! My name is Bhavin Shah and I am a sophomore majoring in Industrial Engineering! I’m from Livingston, NJ. I am running for an At-Large Representative seat in UPUA’s 12th Assembly. I currently am an At-Large Representative and served as one of two Freshmen Representatives in UPUA’s 10th Assembly. This year, I have worked on projects including but not limited to: improving WiFi connection on campus, planning UPUA’s PRCC community hour, promoting the Collegiate Recovery Community, and working on expanding the promotion of CAPs resources in places like Computer Labs. As one of the Freshmen Representatives, I worked on the UPUA’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allies Report which listed various recommendations to ensure that the LGBTQA community is comfortable and accepted at Penn State. Over the past two years, I have worked with other student orgs and Administration to make a difference and to create a more unified and inclusive campus on behalf of the student body. As an At-Large Representative in UPUA’s next year, I will continue to bring my passion to make student life better! Vote Shah for At-Large!
Sexual Assault Prevention: Every week, we get several text messages alerting us that yet another student was sexually assaulted. To make sure that all students understand consent and what sexual assault is, UPUA needs to bring in high profile speakers throughout the year, not just during its Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention Week.
Mental Health: We have a lot of work to do to improve mental wellness on our campus. First and foremost, we need to host and sponsor more events focused on breaking the stigmas associated with reaching out for help. This can start with bringing peers and professionals who have suffered with mental health to campus. We also need to improve awareness of CAPS. By working with Administration, I plan to get CAPS’ number plastered everywhere we can.
Diversity and Inclusion: Too many students feel as if they are not a part of the Penn State community. To help mend the divide between marginalized groups and the majority, UPUA should host “one-on-ones” with different organizations on campus. These meetings between UPUA and different organizations can help uncover new collaboration opportunities and will better help UPUA work toward its mission statement.
Outreach Chair for the Penn State College Democrats