Especially in tough economic times or policy disagreements, it is important to remember the many opportunities for student influence on and off campus. Although many of these avenues are merely advisory, subject to higher approval or "diluted" by non-student votes or representation, hopefully students will take advantage of these opportunities — however limiting.

UC Davis Student influence

Directness of Influence
UC Regents
Tuition/Student Fees
AS presidents from all campus are involved in the selection process for the UC Student Regent. Although the Student Regent is not a representative of students but is instead of regent who happens to be a student, this position still provides an avenue to address some concerns
Student Services and Fees Administrative Advisory Committee
Student Fees
Students—recommended by student leaders—serve on the committee. Students control 9 out of 12 voting seats.
City-UCD Student Liaison Commission
City Policies
Indirect: Makes recommendations to the City Council on any issue of concern to students and provides a forum for students at the city level. Students—representing various student groups—control 6 of 11 voting seats.
Campus Media Board
California Aggie & KDVS
Sets annual operating budgets and hires editor-in-chief and general manager.
Campus Unions and Recreation Board
Campus Unions, Bookstore, Campus Rec
Approves allocation of hundreds of thousands of dollars in net revenue funds for capital improvements and expenditures. Sets bookstore net revenue percentage.
Recreation and Parks Commission
City parks, recreational and rental facilities
One student member, appointed by the ASUCD President. Non-voting. Position vacant.
Municipal Elections
City Council & City Policies
An estimated 15,000 students out of a city population of approximately 60,000 are eligible to vote in municipal elections that determine the composition of the city council as well other local issues.
Club Finance Council
Funding for student organizations
An all student board allocates between $60,000-$70,000 a year to student groups.
ASUCD Lobby Corps
State policy
Indirect: ASUCD allocates $15,000-$20,000 per year to fund this student run lobbying unit.
ASUCD Senate
Allocation of some student fees
Allocates $10.7M in student fees via annual budget, of which several hundred thousand dollars is discretionary, including nearly $100,000 in grants, $10,000 in case-by-case senate allocations, and other discretionary accounts.
Official Expressions of Student Opinin
ASUCD through its external affairs commission and ASUCD Senate can pass resolutions that state the official student position on a variety of issues
Human Relations Commission
Discrimination/human relation issues
One ex-officio student representative. Appointed by the ASUCD President. Currently vacant.
Climate Action Team
City efforts to curtail greenhouse gases
One ASUCD-appointed representative.
Residence Hall Advisory Board
Student Housing and Dining
Indirect: Approve room and board fees and allocation of annual Coca-Cola money (~$50,000)
Academic Senate
Academic policies
Every academic senate committee has student representatives. Currently appointed by the ASUCD University Affairs Office
City of Davis Commissions
City policies
Outside of the student-specific positions, any student (who lives within the city limits) may be appointed by the city council to make recommendations on the full breadth of city policies. Over the years a small handful of students have done so.
Subject to debate
Gubernatorial Elections
Appointment of UC Regents
The next governor will appoint at least 6 of the next UC Regents in addition to holding a voting seat him/herself.


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2009-09-29 10:00:19   Is this sort of page the daviswiki community finds useful? or shall i delete it? —StevenLee

  • Useful and well done! Is Media Board the same as Campus Media Board? -jw

2009-09-29 10:09:22   Thanks for your help. yup media board=campus media board. —StevenLee

2009-09-29 11:12:21   60,000 full time residents with 15,000 students heaped on top of that

how many bother to re-register in yolo? I've heard the student vote drum beat before, but I will personally be amazed if someone can motivate them to actually turn out. Such an elusive demographic! —StevenDaubert

2009-09-29 11:24:43   so is it 75,000??? isn't the official city population something around 60,000? I seriously doubt that when the census people come around that they'd exclude students or skip apartments, it'd just be too hard. The exact number of students who live in the city is hard to determine precisely but its in the ballpark of 15,000 which means that students potentially consist of at least 25% of the voting population (have to exclude the under 18 people included in the 60,000 figure). —StevenLee

Students are seasonal, therefore not included in the population. Anyone in the dorms isn't in Davis anyways. Sure, they potentially consist of a decent fraction, but best of luck motivating them, removing the apathy, and getting them to pause their studies for local town politics that matter sooo much to them when the graduate and move on.... —StevenDaubert

  • I always wonder why people think of the dorms first - aren't they mostly for first years only? Anyway, Segundo+Tercero+Cuarto house less than 5,000 people. -ES

I have heard 60-65K, with ~30K of those being students. (See for student numbers and for Davis overall). And by the way, great idea for a page! Go students! —CovertProfessor