Taking on the position and responsibility to present students’ concerns to the Associated Students of UCR council could be intimidating. However, Dorothy Leigh Doronila didn’t hesitate to take on the role as ASUCR’s representative for School of Education students. Doronila is a first-generation student majoring in Education, Society, and Human Development as well as Political Sciences and Administrative Studies, with a concentration in finance. Her goal is to connect students to greater opportunities that the University of California, Riverside and extended communities have to offer.
Doronila is also a part of many other organizations like Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and is one of the ASUCR senators who works with the African Student Program and Undocumented Student Program. Not only is she involved in multiple organizations on campus, but she has a history of legislative experiences outside of campus. As the new representative for SOE students, she’s able to use her previous experiences while also learning more of legislative settings on campus.
One of the reasons Doronila took this role, is that she knew she could “create a change and growth in SOE with the use of the knowledge and concerns I have accumulated throughout a variety of the enlightening SOE courses.”
With the goal to properly represent all students, Doronila works directly with the administration, the students, and the City of Riverside. She hosts town hall meetings in an open forum setting for “students to come in and have a voice with an audience of those in higher powers; deans, advisors, and more. I will make myself available as a point of contact as well as actively engage myself in SOE programs and student organizations.”
Being the only student representative for the School of Education in ASUCR’s legislative branch, there’s a lot of responsibility and importance of her role in the SOE student community. Knowing this, she aims to keep a close relationship with the students to hear their concerns, as well as keeping them updated about the news, events, and changes within UC Riverside.