Candidates running in this year’s undergraduate student government elections could learn a lot from Lauren Rogers.
She is driven, experienced, enthusiastic and has clearly taken the time to research and craft her platforms. There is no doubt that Rogers is the best choice for Financial Supports commissioner and we wholeheartedly endorse her.
Her platforms focus on teaching students how to manage their finances and easing the plunge into the post-graduation job market – both worthy issues that apply to the whole student body.
Rogers is working to implement a budgeting application housed within MyUCLA. The application would be built by Mint.com so students can access their financial planning even after they graduate. This foresight demonstrates Rogers’ impressive attention to detail.
The know-how Rogers has gained from working as this year’s financial supports commission’s chief of staff is a distinct advantage.
In fact, Rogers has gotten a head start on some of her platforms. For instance, she has already applied for a $5,000 grant to fund the Financial Literacy Day she is hosting with the Bruin Resource Center in October. Even if Rogers isn’t elected, she said she will still put on the event.
The platforms of Brenda Gutierrez, Rogers’ opponent, either propose unnecessary changes or are far out of the reach of her office, such as a plan to push UCLA to build affordable undergraduate housing in areas outside Westwood.
Rogers was one of the most qualified candidates this board interviewed for any position, and we are confident in her capabilities.