Banana Slug Share: Breaking the Glass Ballot

The last election was a notable year for electing more women, people of color (POC) and out LGBTQI folks to elected offices across the country, but we're still so far away from proportionate representation. Slugs have historically been very politically active in their communities but not many run for elected office. If you want to learn more about serving, campaigning, or supporting underrepresented folks in running and serving, join me for a conversation about my service on Santa Cruz City Council and as Mayor and how I continue to support women, POC and LGBTQI folks get involved in politics.

Cynthia Chase (Merrill, '01) is a dynamic professional with over 20 years experience working to advance system change and community wellbeing in government, criminal justice, education and clinical settings. Cynthia’s work as a juvenile probation officer, non-profit director, licensed clinical social worker, and teacher gave her the practical experience of seeing how well-intentioned policies often miss the mark which led her to pursue local politics. In 2014, Cynthia was elected to the City Council, serving as Mayor in 2017. Cynthia's areas of focus were housing, homelessness and community engagement. As a policy maker, Cynthia was known as a skilled listener, collaborator, and bridge builder between diverse constituencies with competing, and often conflicting desires and interests. Cynthia is committed to supporting under-represented folks to access and succeed in the political environment which can be daunting and unwelcoming to non-dominant groups.

This alumni presentation is not endorsed or recommended by the University of California.  The University makes no warranty or representation of any kind as to the accuracy or validity of the information presented.  If you are in need of specific advice (for example, health, legal, financial), please seek a professional who is licensed and can provide you with individual advice.

Monday, April 19 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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