What is the Student Trustee?

In addition to the five elected Trustees of the Board of Trustees for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, there is one Student Trustee from each college. Following procedures prescribed by the Board, the Student Trustees will be chosen by the students enrolled in the colleges. The term of the Student Trustees will be one year commencing in June.

The Student Trustees are seated with the elected trustees at all public meetings of the Board and will be recognized at those meetings as full members of the Board for the purpose of questioning witnesses, discussing issues and making and seconding motions.

The Student Trustees are entitled to an advisory vote. If a Student Trustee wishes to cast an advisory vote, it shall be taken prior to the Board’s vote. Furthermore, the Student Trustees will receive all material presented to the publicly elected trustees, except material that relates to matters considered in closed session.

FHDA Board Policy 2015 "Student Members"

FHDA Administrative Procedure 2105 "Student Trustee Selection Procedures"

CA Education Code Section 72023.5

Michelle Fernandez
Student Trustee

Michelle Fernandez

Michelle Fernandez is an intern at de Anza's legislative affairs committee, a new member of the Fund Students First Campaign(FSFC), a volunteer at HEFAS (Higher Education for AB540 Students), and a volunteer at Operation HOPE, an organization that teaches financial literacy to students in underprivileged communities. As a student who faced economic hardships growing up, Michelle aims to voice student concerns diligently and on a personal level. As a first generation latinx college student- concerns of equity, affordable housing and accessibility for students influenced her experience and her decision to run for the position. As De Anza's student trustee, Michelle will work to ensure that the student experience at De Anza is understood and heard.

Michelle Fernandez can be reached via email at fernandezortegamichelle@fhda.edu.


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