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Bruins elect 1st international student as USAC president in 2024 elections

Kerckhoff Hall, where the Undergraduate Students Association Council offices are housed, is pictured. The USA Elections Board announced the results of the 2024 student government elections at 8 p.m. Friday. (Daily Bruin file photo)

By Gabrielle Gillette and Shiv Patel

May 17, 2024 8:23 p.m.

This post was updated May 17 at 9:15 p.m.

For the first time in the Undergraduate Students Association Council’s history, Bruins have elected an international student as president.

Out of 31,403 eligible voters, 5,262 voted in this year’s USAC election – totaling 16.76% of the student body. The election saw a 6.27% turnout decrease from last year.

The 2024 USAC election included 40 candidates running for 15 positions across the council, along with an advisory vote on the Establishing Meaningful Bruin Resources, Activities, Community & Experiences referendum after graduate students failed to pass it. The advisory referendum failed to pass with 51.7% votes against. 

Elections for each office were conducted in a ranked choice voting format through MyUCLA.

Adam Tfayli, the current international student representative and a second-year human biology and society student, emerged victorious in the presidential race from a field of six candidates. Tfayli, who is from Deir el Zahrani, Lebanon, will be the first international student to lead USAC.

View the complete list of election winners below.

USAC Election Winners

President: Adam Tfayli

Internal vice president: Josh Garland

External vice president: Javier Nuñez-Verdugo

General representative 1: Diego Bollo

General representative 2: Tommy Contreras

General representative 3: Chris Ramsey

Academic Affairs commissioner: Cristopher Espino

Campus Events commissioner: Robbie Hall

Cultural Affairs commissioner: Alicia Verdugo (incumbent)

Community Service commissioner: Carolyn Wang 

Facilities commissioner: Alexandra Paul

Financial Supports commissioner: Nico Morrone

Student Wellness commissioner: Chiara Frank

Transfer student representative: Mona Tavassoli

International student representative: Syed Tamim Ahmad

Contributing reports from Leydi Cris Cobo Cordon and Catherine Hamilton, Daily Bruin staff.

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Gabrielle Gillette
Shiv Patel | Campus politics editor
Patel is the 2024-2025 campus politics editor and a Photo contributor. He was previously a News contributor on the campus politics beat. Patel is a second-year mathematics and economics student from Gilberts, Illinois.
Patel is the 2024-2025 campus politics editor and a Photo contributor. He was previously a News contributor on the campus politics beat. Patel is a second-year mathematics and economics student from Gilberts, Illinois.
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