Harper Estus

Off Campus AS Senator


Hi everyone! My name is Harper Estus (she/her/hers) and I am a Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience Major with a Minor in Education Studies from Muir College. I have the exciting opportunity to be one of the Off-Campus Senators for this year. From my previous experience with commuter life, I have learned how important community and resources are for the commuter student population. I hope to help all of those who are Off-Campus students during this school year, especially with their connectivity to campus. Please contact me by email (hestus@ucsd.edu) if you have any ideas/questions/concerns, I want to help represent your voice!

Weekly Reports

Week Summary
10-21-2020

Project: I am working on a survey to be sent out to all students on how AS can better help and outreach to them with the other Off-Campus Senator, Campus-Wide Senators, a Transfer Senator, and President Giangtran to make sure it has enough representation from different people. The survey will hopefully be released sometime soon, after being reviewed by Assistant Director Weng. I am also working on a self-care event with Senator Kulkarni for off-campus students that will be taking place mid-November.

Outreach: During Week 3, I spent time doing outreach by contacting all the commuter/off-campus representatives from different commuter organizations from each college in hopes of attending their meetings and events as soon as they have any. I am also in contact with the AVP of College Affairs in hope to connect with each College Council’s Commuter Representative. The other Off-Campus Senator, Senator Kulkarni, and I wrote an introduction post for Facebook in hope of fostering more community through that outlet. I also contacted a Revelle Staff Member to check on the status of Commuter Activites Board (Revelle Commuter Group).

Internal Committee: No updates for Finance Committee. 

External Committee: Student Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC) did not meet this week.

10-14-2020

Project: During Week 2, the other Off-Campus Senator, Senator Kulkarni, and I held our first event/project of the year "Find Your Home From Home" where we welcomed any Off-Campus students to come and find community with us. We brought together certain people and resources such as Teaching and Learning Commons, a presentation from the AVP of Student Orgs, and a representative from Greek Life to talk about different involvement opportunities. We also invited different commuter/off-campus representatives to talk about their organizations.

 

Outreach: This week and the previous week was spent on Facebook advertising the “Find Your Home From Home” event to off-campus representatives and making sure it gets to different outlets and to off-campus/commuter students.

 

Internal Committee: Finance Committee briefly discussed the items that would be discharged later to the Senate floor (Thrive Program and Fall Budget Revise).

 

External Committee: I sat on the Student Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC) this week. We discussed some of the facility updates for transportation, the emergency ride home option, how on the website there is a section where you can look at what parking is utilized on campus, and some of the SPIN docking locations.

 

10-28-2020

Project: AS Survey is being reviewed at the moment, will be having a review meeting soon. Started new project with Sen. Kulkarni and help from AVP Agni to create an information graphic on parking/drive up destinations for students coming to campus to get COVID testing. Still in the planning process of a self-care event for November 10 with Sen. Kulkarni.

 

Outreach: Met with the two Off-Campus/Commuter Representatives from SCERC with Sen. Kulkarni.

 

Internal Committee: No updates for Finance Committee. 

 

External Committee: Student Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC) meeting was canceled this week.

 

11-04-2020

Project: AS Survey was released to the public on Thursday 11/5, it will close Wednesday 11/18 and there will be an opportunity drawing of 15 $10 Target Gift Cards. Once the survey is closed, I will work on a report of what was collected with Assistant Director Weng and Sen. Kulkarni, any of the Campus-Wide, or Transfer Senators that were collaborated with during the project. As for my project with Sen. Kulkarni, we are having our event “Let’s Learn… Self-Care” on Tuesday 11/10 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm, we will have the Wellness Peer Educators there to help us and our students learn more about self-care.

 

Outreach: Met with the Off-Campus/Commuter Representative from TMCSC with Sen. Kulkarni.

 

Internal Committee: No Finance Committee meeting this week. 

 

External Committee: Student Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC) did not meet this week.

 

11-11-2020

Project: AS survey will close next Wednesday (November 18). Also, Sen. Kulkarni and I had our “Let’s Learn… Self-Care” event on Tuesday with the Wellness Peer Educators and it went very well. We were able to meet our goal to connect with more of the off-campus community.

 

Outreach: Met with the Off-Campus/Commuter Representative from Sixth College Council with Sen. Kulkarni. I also spent time posting the survey on Facebook to make sure it got to different groups of people.

 

Internal Committee: No Finance Committee meeting this week.

 

External Committee: Student Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC) met this week. We discussed the student composition of STAC, discussion on permit structure for future quarters, nominations for the new STAC Chair and Vice-Chair, and SPIN micro-mobility geolocation zones on-campus.

 

11-18-2020

Project: AS Survey was closed on 11/18. I will start working on the Survey result report on Monday of Week 8. This week, the infographic regarding Off-Campus students getting COVID tests that Sen. Kulkarni and I planned with AVP Agni was posted to the public and shared with the Return to Learn Committee. Lastly, Sen. Kulkarni and I are working on our “Study Jam” event that will occur on December 8 from 6-8 pm.

 

Outreach: Met with the Off-Campus/Commuter Representative from Muir College Council with Sen. Kulkarni. We will be working with the MCC Commuter Rep on an event in the Winter quarter. I also spent time posting the survey on Facebook and reaching out individually to people to make sure it got to different groups.

 

Internal Committee: Finance committee had a discussion about traditionally funded events, we will continue discussing this throughout this quarter.

 

External Committee: Student Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC) did not meet this week.

 

11-25-2020

Project: I have been working a lot on the categorization of the survey responses and the graphs that reflect survey responses with the other collaborating senators. Also, Sen. Kulkarni and I decided to postpone our study jam until the middle of Winter Quarter.

 

Outreach: Met with the Off-Campus/Commuter Representative from Revelle College Council with Sen. Kulkarni. Updated our Facebook page with ACCB events that were happening. Also, I attended one of All Campus Commuter Board (ACCB)’s events.

 

Internal Committee: No Finance Committee meeting this week.

 

External Committee: Student Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC) did not meet this week.

 

12-02-2020

Project: The AS Survey will be discussed during next week's Senate meeting along with some of the project partners. Sen. Kulkarni and I have been discussing our event for next quarter.

 

Outreach: Communicated with commuter organizations this week discussing collaboration and also a check-in about what people are working on. Made a Facebook post with Sen. Kulkarni to outreach to students on our page. I also posted on our Facebook about the status of the P/NP option for this quarter and promoted the AS Office of Academic Affairs survey. Lastly, I attended one of All Campus Commuter Board (ACCB)’s events this week again.

 

Internal Committee: No updates for Finance Committee.

 

External Committee: Student Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC) did not meet this week.

 

12-09-2020

Project: Finished up the AS Survey report, and reported on it at the AS Senate meeting with Sen. Jung and Sen. Zarucki during Senator Projects. Sen. Kulkarni and I met to discuss our next events for Winter quarter. We are planning a Basic Needs workshop series so students can become more familiar with resources, also mid-quarter we will be holding a Study Jam due to not holding during the Fall. Met with AVP Phan and Sen. Kulkarni to discuss Basic Needs workshops that we could collaborate on for Winter Quarter.

 

Outreach: Met with the Off-Campus/Commuter Representative from Revelle College Council with Sen. Kulkarni. Also, I attended a STORCS (Sixth Commuter/Transfer Org) event. Planning an outreach project with some of the College Commuter Reps.

 

Internal Committee: No updates for Finance Committee.

 

External Committee: Student Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC) met this week. At the meeting, SPIN charging hubs and geo zones were discussed, elections for Chair/Vice-Chair took place (I will be serving as Vice-Chair of STAC), we reviewed the Two Way Cycle Track Proposal, and I provided feedback that Senate gave me regarding Winter Quarter parking. Some good news for on-campus students is that there will be a better balance between S spots and A spots for next quarter.

 

12-16-2020

Project: Sent out emails for the Basic Needs workshops that Sen. Kulkarni and I are collaborating on for Winter Quarter. Also, I brainstormed some of the updates I want to make to the UC San Diego Commuter website.

 

Outreach: Did outreach via Facebook by contacting the college council reps/ commuter orgs about meeting next quarter. Also, posted a post on the Off-Campus Senator page on Facebook.

 

Internal Committee: No Finance Committee this week.

 

External Committee: Student Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC) did not meet this week.

 

01-20-2021
01-06-2021

Project: This week I spent time planning the Basic Needs event that I am collaborating with Senator Kulkarni and AVP Phan on. Also, Sen. Kulkarni and I met to discuss our Study Jam event that will be happening Week 5 (2/4/21) from 6-7:30 pm.

 

Outreach: Met with the Off-Campus/Commuter Representative from Seventh College with Sen. Kulkarni.

 

Internal Committee: No updates for Finance Committee.

 

External Committee: Student Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC) did not meet this week.

 

01-13-2021

Project: Met with Sen. Kulkarni and AVP Phan to discuss the timeline for our Basic Needs event. Confirming all presenters for this event by Friday. Did planning for the event this week. The event will be during Week 6.

 

Outreach: Emailed all of the council reps/ commuter orgs to plan a meeting for week 3 or week 4. Worked on getting the contact information for a commuter council president that I did not have contact with.

 

Internal Committee: No updates for Finance Committee.

 

External Committee: Student Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC) met this week. At the meeting we heard about Mobility Hubs and a parking update.