general election CANDIDATES
*updated as of 2/15/19*
Executive Vice President (1)
Vice President of Internal Relations (2)
Vice President of External Relations (3)
Vice President of Communications (3)
Vice President of Finance (5)
Vice President of Academic Affairs (1)
Vice President of Technology (1)
Vice President of Community Development (2)
Vice President of Diversity (1)
Vice President of Graduate/Alumni Relations (1)
Hello Merage family,
I am excited to be running to be your next MUSA President!
MUSA has been an integral part of my past 3 years as I’ve served as a Representative, an
Associate, and currently your VP of Community Development. My interactions with the faculty,
staff, and students within Merage have inspired both my personal and professional growth.
Over these years, I’ve also seen the Merage community grow, not only in size, but also in
ambition. I’ve seen students challenge the status quo and break into career fields that once
weren’t represented within Merage. As a peer advisor for Merage’s BA Career Services, I have
had the opportunity to share our resources with many students. I hope to leverage the
relationships I’ve built from both the BA Career Services and the Undergraduate Programs
office to maximize the impact of our resources to better serve our community. This year my
goal is to work towards planning a business focused career fair and a case competition.
Internally, I’ve seen the growth of MUSA through the development of the Representatives and
Associates programs. My role as VP of Community Development allowed me to help MUSA
expand and scale our events, increasing attendance by as much as 700%+, making this a record
year for community engagement. If given the opportunity to serve as MUSA’s President, I
promise to dedicate my time and efforts to keep this momentum going, break new records, and
set new precedents for our business school.
executive vice PRESIDENT (1)
My name is Edward Li and I am running to be your MUSA Executive Vice President for the 2019-2020 school year. I am a second-year Business Administration major, with a career interest in management consulting and education.
This past term, I served as MUSA Vice President of Internal Relations and led the MUSA Representatives program, which develops the business and leadership skills of 27 first year BA/BIM students. In this position, I also prioritized improving the culture at Merage by implementing and advocating for initiatives such as MUSA Yearbooks, Speed Networking Social, Merage Outfits instagram (@merageoutfits), and our upcoming MUSA Mocktail Mixer. Outside of MUSA, I am involved in Delta Sigma Pi (DSP), Campus Representatives, and work part-time at the FRESH Basic Needs Hub.
I am running for MUSA Board again because I have a passion for student government and contributing to the student experience. If elected, my primary goals would be diversity, professionalism, and culture. I would aim to increase diversity by leading MUSA Associates to create similar programs as MUSA Representatives for transfer and international students. Drawing on my experience as VP of Professional Activities in DSP, I hope to host more professional events like case study competitions. Lastly, I want to continue my work on MUSA Board of cultivating the culture at Merage through increased spirit events and opportunities for students to connect with each other.
If you see me around campus, please say hi and let’s chat!
LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/edwardhanli.
VP OF INTERNAL RELATIONS (2)
Hi, my name is Jacky Chen and I am running for Vice President of Internal Relations. I am/was a
part of the Merage Undergraduate Student Association as a Representative and I understand the
culture and mission that our Executive Board strives to create. Being on the professional
committee gave me insight on how to offer resources to students, as well as how to portray
yourself in a professional environment. My goal is to elevate this amazing program by training
MUSA’s representatives to be ambassadors of Merage and giving them experience working
underneath a organization like MUSA. There is a great amount of talent within the program and
it a perfect opportunity to refine these individuals into becoming the face of our school. I will see
to their professional and personal improvement and encourage them to seek out projects that
their passionate about. I am also a part of one of the three professional business fraternity, where
I learned a lot about how to brand yourself and teamwork. I envision our representatives rallying
behind each other, fortifying each others’ confidence and voicing what they want to improve on.
Social incentives and outings will also add to building a community within the program and
dissolve any barrier. Teamwork is one of, if not the most important aspect of to the success of a
project. I know I can change the program for the better and I hope you consider me in the
upcoming election. Be the change you want to see.
Hello! My name is Stephen Minn, and I’m a first year Business Administration Student running to be your next Vice President of Internal Relations. I am running for this position because I want to be able to give back to this great organization that has done so much for me as a first-year. Coming into UCI, I didn’t know anything about the business community or what business was at all, but MUSA and the Student Representatives Program was able to change that for me. Now I want to be able to do my part and give back.
To MUSA, I would bring my own style of leadership which emphasizes creating meaningful relationships. I would foster relationships on the board and in the business community. I want to create an environment where people are comfortable enough to reach out if there are any concerns.
I am qualified for this position because of my past experiences as a tutor and mentor for middle schoolers and high schoolers. I understand the importance of forming good relationships and getting to really know people in order to learn what their individualized learning needs are as well as what their aspirations are for the future. Other than that, I love meeting new people and hearing about where they’re coming from. Feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com if you have any questions.
VP OF EXTERNAL RELATIONS (3)
For such a large school, you may not know me, but my name is Joshua Tong and I am running for your 2019-2020 Vice President of External Relations. A little bit about myself, I’m from Hacienda Hts., which is in the 626, I’m a first year Business Admin major, and am going to emphasize in Marketing. Outside of academics, I like basketball, snowboarding, and trying new food. By running for this position, I would love to be able to market and advertise resources and opportunities to all Merage students. My past experiences in digital graphics will enable me to design captivating content to publicize all MUSA related events and announcements. One goal of MUSA is to make Merage a more tight-knit community and with my ability to bring people together and the new ideas I have in mind, I know that I can help make that happen. I also have a passion for videography and I was hoping I could implement the use of film to both promote MUSA activities and bring Merage students closer together. With that, thank you all for your time and I hope I can get your vote.
I am a second year Business Administration student excited to be running for the Merage
Undergraduate Student Association Vice President of External Affairs.
Being a part of MUSA this year as their Marketing Associate has allowed me to meet and
collaborate with the current board members and understand first-hand how the organization
functions. More specifically in my role as an Associate I have worked directly with and
shadowed the current VP of External Affairs, Henry Wang. I have and will continue to market
events for MUSA on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and much more. Some of these events
include the Business Organization Fair, Spirit Week and Merage Game Night.
I am also currently a board member of the Merage LEADS Program where I plan and promote
events related to the development of networking skills among the Merage cohort in LEADS. I
continue to work at the UCI Writing Center as a peer tutor to communicate and lead a group in
the Student Success Initiative to further develop their writing skills. I look forward to using these
leadership and communication skills to help promote the Merage events offered.
The Paul Merage School of Business provides a vast amount of resources exclusive to business
students, and as the VP of External Affairs I plan to market these for our community. I promise
to give my upmost effort in promoting the invaluable resources and events that Merage has to
Hey there, Merage community! My name is Shelly Ye, and I am running to be your next MUSA
Vice President of External Relations.
I entered college with a passion for graphic design and the desire to connect with my peers.
This passion continues to grow as I serve as the Creative Assistant to a committee in Circle K.
My role in this committee is to create graphics to promote events, and to generate excitement
for them. Being the Vice President of External Relations will give me the opportunity to continue
doing what I love, all while giving back to the community that has welcomed me and my
My objective for this term is to create engaging content that will capture the attention of students
(picture advertisements in the form of gifs, videos, and memes!) in order to promote higher
attendance for our events. I believe that understanding the audience and creating content from
that is the most effective way to reach them. I want to ensure that the student body is aware of
all MUSA decisions and events as well as improving these said events through feedback from
I would not be running for this position if I was not truly passionate about making a difference to
the Merage student body. With this position, I hope to create more events that are not exclusive
for the Merage community, as I believe it is essential to know people of all majors.
VP OF COMMUNICATIONS (3)
Coming into college, I knew I wanted to be more actively involved and give back to the community around me. As a result, I applied to be a representative for the Merage Undergraduate Student Association. Through this position, I met many other like-minded freshman and was inspired by the ambitious and accomplished upperclassmen on Executive Board. I was given the opportunity to give back by fundraising and planning events to enhance the sense of community within the Merage undergraduate student body.
I am running for the position of Vice President of Communications because I want to continue to contribute to the Merage community. I became close to many of the representatives and board members over the duration of fall and winter quarter, which would allow me to more easily oversee and maintain communications between the Board officers. I am also a very friendly and approachable person, which would allow me to talk to all the future representatives and Board members easily. Throughout my time as a representative, I also invested a significant amount of my personal time into this program in order to have the event and fundraisers run more smoothly. As a first-year, I may seem less qualified than others. However, it is my determination and dedication to my role that sets me apart from the other candidates who are running. I realize I have shortcomings, and I am willing to invest more of my time and effort than what is required to make up for those shortcomings.
I am running for MUSA’s VP of Communications because I believe that effective
communication and detailed record-keeping are essential to both the success of the association,
and hosting top quality events for the Merage community.
I want to connect undergraduate students with one another through engaging social events and
help them foster growth through professional events. Furthermore, as a whole, I want MUSA
board to first achieve a level where students feel comfortable reaching out for advice and second,
can continue to receive feedback for what students want to see at Merage. This all starts with
strong communication that I believe I can contribute, in order to form a coherent team who’s on
the same page. This encompasses taking detailed meeting notes for reference, making sure ideas
are expressed clearly, and supporting event logistics.
Having been a past MUSA representative and current associate, I have experience with and seen
the types of events that are hosted and successful. If elected, I will do my best to ensure that
there is continued improvement and an effort to move in a positive direction.
My name is Mohit Shah, and I am running to be your MUSA Vice President of Communications.
I’m a first-year Business Administration student interested in finance, consulting, and strategy,
and I am currently a MUSA freshman representative and the Director of External Relations of
Delta Sigma Pi at UC Irvine.
I’ve enjoyed my time as a MUSA representative, and I want to help the organization function
better. I want to bring fresh, new ideas to the MUSA Executive Board and work alongside a
group of talented, driven individuals. I’d like to implement a system where meeting minutes,
when appropriate, are posted on the website for all to access. Also, I want to implement a
program where students can submit topics for the Executive Board to discuss, improving the
flow of ideas between MUSA and business students.
Although I’m only a freshman, I have a fair amount of experience in the duties I’d be performing
as Vice President of Communications. As Vice President of Operations of my pledge class, I
served as the class secretary, creating and compiling meeting minutes, helping to facilitate
conversations at meetings, and ensuring my class stayed organized. As Director of External
Relations, I’ve learned how to build and maintain relationships with members of other
organizations. All in all, I hope to improve communication within the Executive Board and
between the Association and students to better serve the Merage community.
Thank you for reading, and I hope to have another great year with MUSA!
VP OF FINANCE (5)
Hi everyone! My name is Florence Chau and I am running for VP of Finance. As a freshman
Business Administration major, I am grasping any opportunities to get involved with the
business school and its organizations. Currently, I am a member of Women In Leadership and a
MUSA freshman representative and I am checking out more. The MUSA representative program
has helped me see how the board offers students resources and opportunities to enhance their
professional, academic, and social lives. MUSA has helped me to step out of my comfort zone
and grow, and I would love to help other students do the same. Another reason why I am running
is that I hope to learn more about accounting and finance from the experience through the
position’s responsibilities. Since I am organized, driven, and trustworthy, I believe that I am fit
to fulfill the position. In the past I have served in various clubs’ leadership in planning events,
recording meeting minutes, and encouraging participation within general members. I enjoy
meeting fellow business students and will contribute to ideas and events that our business school
can hold to foster a closer-knit community. If I have a chance to serve on the board, I would like
to push for more Merage spirit and events that would help students explore business topics and
careers, prepare them for career readiness, or simply to meet new people. Thank you for taking
time to read and I hope to serve as your new VP of Finance!
I would like to say that I am grateful to be nominated in this general election for MUSA’s
Executive Board. When I first arrived on UCI’s campus this past fall, I initially felt isolated and
closed off since I did not know anyone. But, I eventually took a leap of faith by applying to the
MUSA Representative program, and found a community of people within the Merage school that
I can say are some of the most caring people I have ever met. These people have inspired me to
pursue a better version of myself, and therefore I am taking the next steps in order to give back to
the Merage community. During these past two quarters, I began to develop the strengths I
believe are the most important in holding this position: drive, ambition, and curiosity. Despite
my naivety as a freshman, I believe my drive gives me motivation to learn, my ambition pushes
me to work harder, and my curiosity allows me to always seek new opportunities to improve.
Speaking of improvement, I hope to obtain more funding from the school so that our Board can
host more fun and professional events throughout the year. I also want to establish a stronger
presence and connection within the Merage community and to communicate more effectively
among Merage undergraduates to better understand what you, the community, would like. Thank
you for reading, and I hope you will consider voting for me as your next VP of Finance.
Hi everyone! My name is Felicia Lu and I am running to be your next MUSA VP of Finance. As a
student of Merage, I want the power to improve this community and I have put in countless
hours exploring the resources of this school and studying what exactly is needed from the
student body to make Merage the amazingly supportive entity that it is. The past few months, I
have had the pleasure of working under the current MUSA executive board as a representative
and I can safely say that this experience has introduced and familiarized me with the ins and
outs of the school and the administration behind it. I understand that my lack of experience as a
freshman is a major disadvantage in many eyes, but I am asking you to trust in my abilities and
give me the chance to prove my worth. Were I to be elected, I would work tirelessly for all BA
and BIM majors and will always be open to criticism in order to improve. Lastly, I would just like
to thank you for your consideration and hope that I can be the right fit you are looking for as
your VP of Finance. Thank you!
Hello, my name is John McCann and I am a Business Administration student seeking to become
the next VP of Finance for MUSA. I have enjoyed a wonderful time at UC Irvine due to the many
business clubs that I have stayed involved with and especially due to the MUSA Reps Program.
This program has not only provided me with a great opportunity to enhance my personal skills but
has also allowed for me to have hands-on experience within MUSA and learn the many aspects
that MUSA provides for the Paul Merage School of Business and its student body.
I am currently running for VP of Finance because I want to be able to provide many opportunities
for the students of Merage to interact and network with each other, faculty and companies to aid
them in their future. In order to do that we must be able to create funds and allocate them to these events that promote our students and their abilities. I will personally advocate for the funding of such events and hope to create the best environment within the Merage community. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope to get your vote during this election!
Hi Merage students! My name is Ryan Rafati and I’m running to be your next MUSA Vice
President of Finance for the 2019-2020 school year!
Being the Vice President of Finance for MUSA does not just require my continued devotion to
completing all my appointed tasks and responsibilities. It also, and I would say even more
importantly, demands my consistent, professional representation of the Merage student body. As
a second year Business Administration student at Paul Merage highly involved within various
business organizations on campus, I am fully determined to provide Merage students with the
detrimental resources and professional opportunities to ensure their continued academic success.
Through my affiliation with the Undergraduate Finance Association (UFA), I hope to inform
more Merage students of UFA’s focus towards opportunities in the field of finance. Through my
relationships with Merage faculty, I hope to guide more Merage students in receiving the help
they need to build their respective career paths. And overall, through my knowledge of other
business organizations and opportunities available for Merage students, I believe I am more than
capable in leading students to their desired goals. I hope that through my involvement within
UFA, connection with Merage faculty, and knowledge of ongoing Merage events, I will be a
more than suitable Vice President of Finance for MUSA, and deserving of your vote!
Thanks for reading, and if you ever see me on campus, don’t be shy to say hi!
VP OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS (1)
Hello fellow peers!
My name is Mary Hu, and I am a 2nd year Business Administration and Informatics double major. I am running for MUSA’s Vice President of Academic Affairs because I am passionate about serving Merage and all of you! If elected, my mission would be to encourage community engagement and strengthen communication and involvement between business students, organizations, faculty/staff, and MUSA.
This year I have had the opportunity to serve as MUSA’s Vice President of Technology, ASUCI’s Student Programming Funding Board Commissioner, and Women in Leadership’s Vice President of Mentorship. I am also involved in the Student Alumni Association on campus. I hope to utilize my experiences, network, and love for helping others to help engage students in the Merage community and connect them to more resources. Like many of you, I have a lot of Merage Spirit, and this spirit and love for Merage is what motivates me to give back to this wonderful school!
Please vote for me, Mary Hu, for Vice President of Academic Affairs! Thank you so much for your support.
VP OF TECHNOLOGY (1)
Hello! My name is Henry Wang and I’m running to be your next MUSA Vice President of
Technology for the 2019-2020 school year. Currently, I’m a second year Business
Administration major, looking towards a career in advertising and tech marketing. Some of my
other involvements include Delta Sigma Pi, AMP, ASUCI, and an internship at RAZER.
Acting as the Vice President of External Relations on MUSA Board for this past year has given
me the opportunity to lead MUSA marketing efforts, boosting attendance and MUSA
recognition. I’ve also been able to collaborate with the other Board members in event planning
and discussions regarding the business school student body, which I hope to continue in this
Combining my passion and experience with marketing with my experience developing a
personal website (www.henrywangvisuals.com), I want to further the MUSA brand and our
communications through the Vice President of Technology position. Through this position, I’ll be
able to serve as a liaison for the Merage School’s Web Team and maintain and update the
MUSA website. I plan on working closely with other Board members, specifically the VP of
External Relations, to always have content updated on the MUSA website to have it stand as a
hub for Merage students to engage with and stay updated on the latest events and news. I also
hope to restructure the website to make professional resources more accessible and available.
LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/henrykenjiwang
VP OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (2)
When I first walked into the Merage school on Celebrate UCI day nearly a year ago, I was very
drawn towards the passion of the MUSA board. It’s what influenced me to come to UCI and
apply for the Student Representatives program, where I’ve been working closely with the board
and a team of 20+ representatives to put on various events for Merage. During this program, I
fundraised as part of the social-development team to manually prepare hundreds of Spam
Musubi’s for our booth, resulting in $600+ in sales that went right back into improving our
However, I’ve had a lot more experience with philanthropy and community events, especially
through my sorority, Tri Delta. By putting on campus-wides like Delta House of Pancakes or
Sincerely Yours, responsible for raising $20k+ for St. Jude in the past year, I know what it takes
to plan, advertise, and actually carry out engaging, successful community philanthropies aimed
at increasing responsibility and school pride- and I know how important it is to get student
input on everything from themes to activities in order to make events that people actually want
to participate in.
My experience working in philanthropy has shown me how a common goal can unite hundreds
of people and make you feel like a part of something that’s bigger than just yourself. I hope to
be able to use these experiences as VP of Community Development, so every student feels
this same connection and pride within the Merage community.
As college students, we have all the things in the world to accomplish, so I first want to thank
you, my fellow Merage students, for taking the time to consider me as a Vice President of
Community Development candidate.
My education at UCI is a business that provides me with profit in the form of the pursuance and
actualization of my goals. I would consider my education poor if I solely focused on personal
goals and lacked a desire to contribute to the community that has helped foster and will continue
to encourage my growth.
As the Vice President of Community Development, I could plan events like the fraternity panel
and the business club fair to provide social and professional growth opportunities for Merage
students, as well as partner Merage with nonprofits that empower Merage students to be socially
Though I am a first year, my experiences in MUSA representatives that involve fundraising and
planning events like MUSA speed networking have given me insight on how to lead event
planning. Furthermore, my ability to successfully juggle sixteen units, playing in the school
orchestra, church commitments, and participate in MUSA representatives demonstrates my
commitment and ability to manage my time.
When I think of Merage, I think of future leaders who will lead in the context of business and
social responsibility. I would be honored by your support to have me represent the Merage
student body and further develop the Merage community.
VP OF DIVERSITY (1)
Hello! My name is Upasana Mustafi, and I’m a first year Business Administration
Student running to be your next Vice President of Diversity. I am passionate to create change
and bring the best for Merage students in our community. If selected to be on MUSA Executive
Board next year, I would target two large areas of improvement.
The first part of my plan would be to try to make everyone feel included in the Merage
business community and target first generation, transfer, international, or commuting students,
who often feel distant from our school. By hosting panels, having club positions specifically
targeted to these students, and having meet and greet socials with them, we can make everyone
feel more included in our Business community.
My other large idea is creating a case study competition, in which students get real-life
global issues or scenarios from different companies, and they have to use reasoning or business
skills to implement a plan of action or solutions for that case using specific skills learned from
business classes and real world experiences. To incentivize students to participate, I would create
a monetary prize (from fundraised money or company sponsorships) or first-round internship
interview with a desirable company.
I hope to work hard next year to serve the students in the Merage Undergraduate
community by being your Vice President of Diversity. If you have any questions regarding my
campaign, feel free to reach out to me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or FaceBook Messenger.
VP OF GRADUATE/ALUMNI RELATIONS (1)
Hi everyone! My name is Aimee Han and I am a second-year business administration major from San Diego. Mentorship has always been an integral part of my development. I’ve had the opportunity to be mentored by extremely passionate and driven people and even transfer these skills as I became a mentor myself. And so, it is with great enthusiasm that I run to be your Vice President of Graduate/Alumni Relations for the 2019-2020 year.
From my first-year in the MUSA Reps program, to my role now as a Community Development Associate, I have enjoyed interacting with the student body and working alongside Board to foster a sense of camaraderie. I hope to join Board this next year with three main goals in mind.
First, I hope to encourage a community of trailblazers, by shedding light on all of the different and unique paths that alumni have taken. However, meaningful relationships with alumni are two-fold, which is why secondly, I hope to increase visibility of our current students through panels, mixers, and mentorship. Finally, I hope to hone in on opportunities for our students and reveal how different ideas of success can stem from a common beginning.
I believe that my experiences as Vice President of Alumni Relations for Delta Sigma Pi as well as my involvement in Merage as a Student Assistant for the Full-Time MBA Office could provide valuable insights for increasing alumni engagement. I would love to chat if you see me on campus!