Jenn Galinato Elected Student Trustee for Los Rios Colleges
June 9, 2021
Sacramento City College student Jenn Galinato has been elected by her Los Rios Community College District peers to serve as the Student Trustee for the District’s Board. Galinato will be sworn in at the Board’s June 9 meeting and her term of office will run from June 2021 to May 2022.
Galinato was elected during online student elections April 20-21. She is a triple major in business administration and management, communications and marketing, and pre-law at Sacramento City College. She is a passionate advocate for all of the students in the Los Rios Community College District.
Prior to her new role, Galinato previously served in multiple positions within Sacramento City College’s Student Senate in addition to serving students on the statewide level through Region II in the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC). In her work throughout these roles, she advocated for increasing ethnic studies resources and continuing diversity, equity and inclusion work.
During her time as this year’s Student Trustee, she hopes to emphasize the importance of student advocacy, especially with the slow return to normalcy following the pandemic. She is a strong advocate on a number of important student issues: basic needs and financial aid, mental health resources and sustainability amongst all four campuses for students. With students truly being at the forefront of change, she hopes that she can continue empowering and encouraging students to take the lead to inspire the next generation of student leaders.
Following her time with Los Rios upon graduating, Galinato plans on transferring to a four-year university to continue her studies. She then hopes to attend Stanford University for law school where she wishes to continue serving the people of her community and beyond, either in the courtroom or in public service.
To be eligible to run for student trustee, a student must be enrolled in at least five units at any Los Rios college. Student trustee elections are held during the spring semester every year. The student trustee represents the interests of the entire community and provides perspective to ensure that future students will be well-served. In addition to serving on the board of trustees, the student trustee chairs the Los Rios Student Advisory Committee (SAC), which provides a forum for communication and exchange of ideas, information, and concerns among students.
The SAC is comprised of student leaders from each of the colleges' student senates (typically the Student Senate president) and chaired by the student trustee. The SAC meets each month, before each regularly scheduled board of trustees meeting, to address issues that affect students. It provides a forum for communication/exchange of ideas, information, and concerns among students.
One key responsibility of SAC is to ensure students participate in district/college governance, and that students have a voice in the development of policies and processes that have a significant effect on students.
Student Associated Council
SAC is composed of three different groups: the Student Senate, Clubs and Events Board (CAEB), and the Joint-Budget Committee.