Alfredo Barcenas, a senior majoring in political science, and former president of ASI, has been awarded the Undergraduate Student of the Year Award by the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA). The ASCA is a national organization whose mission is to support higher education professionals by providing education materials and resources, and professional development opportunities and a network of colleagues to facilitate best practices of student conduct administration and conflict resolution on college and university campuses. Each year, the national organization honors a student who has “greatly contributed to his or her institution in the past year.”
Barcenas was awarded at the ASCA conference in February at the Tradewinds Resort in St. Petersburg, Florida. Truly humbled by the nomination, Barcenas expressed excitement and disbelief to find out he was named the Undergraduate Student of the Year.
The award is one of many accomplishments for Barcenas. He recently completed a two-month internship in November with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington, D.C.—winning just one of the 22 national spots. Barcenas was assigned to work inside the office of Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin, for 32 hours a week and participated in group community service projects and attended weekly leadership sessions.
Student advocacy is a top priority for Barcenas. Last summer, he was appointed vice president for University Affairs in the system-wide California State Student Association for the 2015-2016 academic year and was also involved in CSUSB’s Coyote First STEP program. Barcenas also serves as the judicial and programming chair for Sigma Chi fraternity, where he established a foundation for active engagement in efforts to promote the “End Sexual Violence” campaign at CSUSB. “To be honest I owe it all to the students during my tenure as ASI president,” he said. “It was their voice that led me to listen and led me to address their needs on campus.”
Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Alysson Satterlund called Barcenas one of the most remarkable students she has had the honor to work with her 20 years in higher education. Director of Student Conduct and Ethical Development Sandra Vasquez also praised Barcenas.
“Alfredo is one who not only embodies the meaning of the kind of well-rounded student and legacy that CSUSB aspires to cultivate, but also one that defines academic excellence, leadership, and service to the community and their peers,” Vasquez said. “As an administrator, it is with amazement that I consistently saw Alfredo maximizing the intersections of the multiple communities he belongs to at CSUSB.”