Message from the
The California Association of Student Councils (CASC) is an organization dedicated to developing moral and compassionate student leaders. For 70 years, CASC has created a set of programs and curriculum to train students who seek to vocalize their ideas and bring about positive change. Student empowerment is at the core of our organization, and each of our conferences provides a different way for students to make an impact while fostering personal growth. Interested in civic engagement? Attend SABE or SABLE to share your ideas directly with state legislators and Board Members. Feel impassioned about a problem in your community? Attend YASC to build a specialized plan or present to a local panel at the regional student advisory boards we offer. Interested in growing your leadership skills? Attend our Summer Program and region conferences, or hold a special project at your school. As a student-led student-run organization, CASC is committed to advancing student leadership across California.
Last year was an incredible year of growth for our organization. Through the tremendous work of the outgoing state council, the last two inactive regions, 1 and 7, are now represented by both a region president and a full region cabinet. While there is still much work to fully represent the students of California, this is a huge step in the right direction. Another success from 2019 came from Assembly Bill 543, a product of last year's SABLE delegation, signed into law by Governor Newsom. This amendment to the education code requires schools to “prominently and conspicuously” display their sexual harassment policies in public locations and to include the policy in any orientation program. With the momentum from these successes, I am confident that we will continue to develop in new directions.
This year has been an extremely difficult time for students all across California. While there is hopefully an end in sight, the effects of Covid-19 are devastating: disrupting our education, opportunities, and family life. On top of the difficulties brought on by the pandemic, we are also faced with the challenges of addressing social injustice brought to light by the continued institutionalized harassment and senseless killings of Black Americans at the hands of the police. Student advocacy is necessary during these unprecedented times. Alongside my talented Vice president Colman Sun and inspired, hard-working state council, I have made it my priority to ensure both the continuation of all our programs during this crisis as well as their accessibility by the underrepresented voices of California. CASC has a duty to the students of California to help facilitate the extraordinary emotions and thoughts of our generation into positive action. Please join us in our mission, whether that is sharing your voice at our conferences, or aiding us in supporting the students of California. If you have any questions about our organization, getting involved, or just want to talk, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
- Elijah Tsai, CASC State President 2020-2021