Shreya Deshpande is the 2019-2020 Vice-President of ASUCD. Ms. Deshpande feels that "ASUCD works against student communities, instead of with them," and stated that this must be changed. This was part of her campaign platform, which also includes interest in mental health advocacy, environmental sustainability, student safety, and expansion of pre-graduation internships for students.
Ms. Deshpande is a double-major in cognitive science and sociology and was a 2018-2019 member of the UC Davis Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission.
Feb. 2019 debate
During a contentious 2/19/2019 candidate debate, protesters alleged that ASUCD demonstrated "anti-Blackness" and began waving a sign reading "F**k ICE," presumably a reference to federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Ms. Deshpande responded to this protest by leaving the candidate table and joining the protesters. One at a time, the rest of the political candidates joined her.
Membership in Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission/Officer Natalie Corona controversy
Ms. Deshpande was a member of the Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission in January 2019, when her commission released a controversial Facebook post which appeared to many to be an insult to murdered Davis Police officer Natalie Corona. This action of Ms. Deshpande's commission drew local and national criticism and condemnation. It is not known whether Ms. Deshpande supported the controversial Facebook post, but at this date there has been no reporting that Ms. Deshpande has come out against the Facebook post.
Ms. Deshpande spoke at a January 22, 2019 forum, stating that she felt that a proposed ASUCD resolution honoring murdered Davis Police officer Natalie Corona did not represent the sentiment of the entire student body.
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Past Candidacy for ASUCD elected office
Ms. Deshpande ran for ASUCD executive office in winter 2018 but was disqualified by the ASUCD Elections Committee because she missed a required candidate workshop. Ms. Deshpande claimed that she had a documented medical emergency and subsequently filed a lawsuit against the Elections Committee chair, but ultimately dismissed the suit, stating that the lawsuit was unnecessary she did not want to cause distress to the person she sued.