Oakland native Alana Banks is running for student government at UC Berkeley. She seeks to represent the campus’ Black and queer communities.
Her candidacy for the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) is focused on improving financial aid, recruitment and retention of students of color, and improving the Disabled Students Program.
<p><p>Banks currently works as an intern at the Multicultural Community Center and the African American Student Development.
She was previously chief of staff for Yordanos Dejaen, a current ASUC senator and presidential candidate. Banks is also a member of the UC Berkeley chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
“I’m running for my community,” Banks said. “Next year, there will be little to no Black administration.” She also notes that the redevelopment of Lower Sproul and an expanded student union requires advocacy for Black students. “It is really important to have someone that will fight for Black people.”
Banks is a junior studying American Studies. She attended Cal Prep High School and was student body president.