Story of my Life!

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Wonder why you are reading this amid a pandemic? These uncertain times are exactly when taking action, making change, and creating a better future are more important than ever. Precisely why I am running to be President of the Student Union Assembly.

Hey UCSC,
I am Shivika Sivakumar (she/her/hers), a second year Computer Science and Politics double major passionate about using technology for social good.
My primary goals as President are to:


  • Rebuild connections with students and mend relationships with organizations to increase transparency and outreach.
  • Reform SUA to better address campus problems and implement actual changes that address key student issues.
  • Represent students and be the voice of the UCSC student body when talking to admin, faculty, city, and the UC system.


And my platform to addresses these goals is C-H-A-N-G-E
It’s not about me, it’s about you, and it's about us!

My Qualifications

C9 VP of External Affairs

Part of the executive team of the College Nine Senate. Responsible to communicate with other student bodies and organizations at UCSC representing College Nine.

SUA Appointed Representative

Officially elected to represent College Nine at the Student Union Assembly (SUA) and on a university wide level. Attend weekly SUA meetings and both discuss and help solve problems faced by students on campus.

ACM Outreach Officer

As the Outreach Officer for the UCSC Association for Computing Machinery chapter, Shivika connected with university administrations, companies, and organizations for networking opportunities. She also planned out multiple fundraisers for the club throughout the year.

Grace Hacks Co-Founder and Tech Lead

Shivika co-founded GraceHacks, a 12-hour all-female and non-binary hackathon. Currently, she serves as the Tech Lead for the team.

Student Academic Senate Secretary

Shivika helped with several projects such as a mental health fair to help students destress from academics, issuing free supplies to students, and reduce textbook and homework costs.

2019 Associate Elections Commissioner

Shivika managed college commissioners, handled voting promotions and social media, and organized election commission events. This year, voter turnout increased more than 17%, resulting in a voter turnout of about 40%.

Office of the President Intern (SUA)

Shivika interned as the (SUA) Media Technician under SUA Communications Branch at the Office of the President. She managed the official SUA website and wrote updates to keep the student body informed about SUA activities.

Additional Involvement

Shivika is a member of the NAACP and SlugMUN. She was also a college guide.

About My Roots

Nineteen years, seven schools, five states and two countries is my story. The world I come from is an interesting combination of Gujarati dandia, Delhi weather, Hyderabadi biryani, Bangalore traffic, Cupertino boba, and Santa Cruz beaches. As an Air Force Officer’s daughter, I had been to many states within India and moving to new places was routine for me. With every place, came new friends and opportunity to celebrate new festivals and traditions.

However, coming to California during freshman year of high school was a much more significant change as this time, it was moving between countries rather than states. This time, there were substantial barriers to overcome like adjusting to an American accent instead of British, using dollars instead of rupees, and driving on the right side of the road instead of left.

But, along with adversities came opportunities to understand and experience cultural and societal differences. By handling negative stereotypes like “How do you know English, aren’t you from India?” in a humorous way, I chose to embrace the change and learn about Thanksgiving, the Civil War, and Pearl Milk Tea. Rather than confronting challenges like having to adjust to a completely new school system and curriculum with hostility, I chose to comprehend the new attributes and welcome the differences with a smile. By focusing more on opportunities than struggles, I overcame the initial setbacks with ease and grace.

My experiences helped me to be flexible and adaptable to any new problem in life. My positive outlook on the face of challenge, my understanding of various customs and beliefs and my learning of the importance of respecting differences between individuals based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender or nationality is what I aspire to contribute as the President of UCSC. My conviction in Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world is one family) is what makes me stand out as a strong candidate.