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THE STUDENT TRUSTEE FOR the Los Rios Community College District is elected at the end of each spring term to bring a student perspective to the board of trustees, the group responsible for contract, budget and policy decisions for the Los Rios district.

Last spring, sophomore Ricardo Lemus came out on top of what he described as a hard-fought election.

“I just  gured why not run for student trustee?” Lemus said. “So I ran. I campaigned really hard, and I won.”

The student trustee is responsible for bringing on-campus issues to the board of trustees for consideration.

According to Kim Beyrer, City College’s student leadership and development coordinator, many of these issues are discussed at meetings held with the trustee and student government presidents from the four Los Rios campuses before—and after—being brought to the board.

“He is the connection, the liaison between the board and the student association presidents,” Beyrer said.

Lemus, a kinesiology major who plans to transfer to Sacramento State to pursue a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy, echoed the importance of his communication with the student presidents.

“I rely heavily on each student president to let me know what’s going on on [each] campus,” said Lemus.

The student trustee is the only nonvoting member of the board; something Lemus says doesn’t stop his opinions from being considered.

“My voice is heard,” Lemus said. “I do carry in uence [on the board].”

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“I think we all take [Lemus’ comments] very seriously,” Johnson said.

“I’m not there on the front lines and in class rooms and might not be aware of issues related to being a student.  That’s why it’s good to have a student there to provide us with that context and those insights,” Johnson said.
Lemus has been involved in student leadership at City College for two years, serving both as a member and as president pro tempore of the student senate.

“I get a big joy from helping others and that’s the reason why I got into this role and all my leadership roles in the past,” Lemus said. “For me, it’s all about student advocacy—advocating for the students.”

Lemus says those who may have issues they want addressed should take them to their student leaders.

“Vent those [issues] through your student leadership and student presidents,”Lemus said. “If it’s a campus issue they’re there for that. If it becomes a district issue, if it’s a problem at multiple campuses, that’s when I can take it to the board.”

Since taking office in June, Lemus has received only positive reviews from his advisers and his peers on the board of trustees.

“I would say Ricardo is one of the best [student trustees] we’ve had,” said Beyrer. “He’s strong in so many di erent ways and he’s in it for the right reasons. He really wants to support students; he’s
been great.”

Johnson also praised Lemus for his contributions at board meetings. “Certainly I think he’s made some good comments at the board meetings,” Johnson said. “He provides a good perspective.”

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