Student regent nominated for 2011-12

A University of California Board of Regents’ special committee nominated Alfredo Mireles Jr., a UC San Francisco graduate student, as student regent for 2011-12.

The full board will consider the committee’s recommendation at its July 13-15 meeting. If approved, Mireles would become the 37th student regent since the position was established in 1975.

He would then serve as the student regent-designate for the coming year and be able to participate in all deliberations, but not vote until July 2011, when his one-year term would begin.

“I am honored and humbled by this opportunity and am looking forward to contributing to debates on the university’s most pressing issues,” said Mireles. “As a newly selected student regent my focus is on making students of all backgrounds feel welcomed at the University of California, ensuring that the University of California remains accessible and affordable, and working to strengthen the University of California’s educational quality.”

Mireles, a first-generation college graduate, is a master’s candidate in Health Policy at UCSF, where he founded the San Francisco Health Policy Advocacy Club and served as UC Students Association Legislative Liaison for the UCSF Graduate Student Association. He also served as a member of the Student Health Insurance Advisory Committee. He is currently spending a year as a Jessie Marvin Unruh Assembly Fellow. Mireles is also currently an Albert Schweitzer Fellow, working on a community service project that helps mentally ill patients stay out of the hospital by giving them the resources they need to maintain their treatment and function at their highest possible level.

He acknowledged his distinctive place among student regents, “As the first UCSF student to be selected in close to 20 years, I will be able to highlight both the phenomenal work UCSF does, as well as the unique needs and issues of the school.”

The student regent for 2010-11 is Jesse Cheng, a UC Irvine undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Asian American studies.

The nominating committee included Regents Leslie Tang Schilling (chair), Hadi Makarechian, Yolanda Nunn Gorman, Charlene Zettel and Jesse Bernal, who is concluding his service as student regent.

The regents’ policy on the appointment of the student regent is available online.

This year, 54 students from all 10 UC campuses applied for the position. In accordance with their policy, the regents’ committee interviewed three finalists, whose names were submitted by the UC Student Association after its interviews with the 10 semifinalists.

Mireles may be contacted at (443) 257-2398 or

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NOTE: Alfredo is probably the first student regent is significant healthcare experience – which is awesome because so much of the UC is in healthcare, and it’s a crucial part of what we serve for the state of California.  Super excited to have student input there.

Other note – 57 applications is probably one of the lowest application rates in recent years for the position.  I think I need to do better recruitment.  It’s cuz I’m not as goodlooking as Ben Allen or D’art Scorza.  MORE PEOPLE APPLY!! WOMYN PLEASE APPLY TOO! THIS POSITION IS WAY MALE DOMINATED.


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