Meet Catherine Xu: SDAC Student Board of Education Representative for the 2021-2022 School Year
Please join us in welcoming Catherine Xu to her new role as the Student District Advisory Committee (SDAC) Student Board of Education Representative for the 2021-2022 academic year!
Ms. Xu is a 12th grade student at Westlake High School where she is an honor roll student, member of the Varsity Lacrosse team, Co-President of the Science National Honors Society Club and Co-President of the Green Alliance.
Ms. Xu brings a passion for civic engagement to her position as the District’s third SDAC Student Board Representative.
“I hope to connect with students from all school sites and grade levels, in order to holistically represent the CVUSD student community in their needs and concerns,” Xu said. “When I sit on the dais, I am representing students all across the district so it is crucial that I hear from diverse perspectives.”
Ms. Xu has experience connecting with students up and down the state on critical issues, including currently serving as a Commissioner for the Thousand Oaks Youth Commission and as the Governmental Affairs and Policy Director, California Association of Student Councils (CASC).
Through her role as SDAC Student Board Representative, Ms. Xu says she hopes to, “empower the student voice and student representation by bringing this valuable student input and perspective to the Board.”
The Student District Advisory Committee (SDAC) is made up of approximately 3-6 students from each high school site. The Student DAC representatives meet every other month with CVUSD Assistant Superintendents and Directors to discuss policies, events and important topics concerning the district. More about the mission/purpose of SDAC is available on the dedicated SDAC website here.
“For the overall SDAC Committee, I hope to organize our topics of concern so that they can be effectively managed from the start of the year. I hope to also work with the committee to get to know each student and to encourage active participation in our subcommittees,” Ms. Xu said. “I want to encourage SDAC members to get involved in student advocacy in education at the regional level and state level, in order to bring back ideas from collaboration with other youth.”
She is also looking forward to involving more students, including middle school students in SDAC’s work.
SDAC welcomes student input at their monthly meetings via public comment. Students can also communicate with SDAC via their Instagram: @CVUSD_studentdac, and through outreach to any of the SDAC representatives from CVUSD’s five high school sites.
Welcome, Ms. Xu! We look forward to having you on the dais for the 2021-2022 school year.