De Anza Student Government (DASG) Name Change Statement

Hello De Anza College Community,

De Anza College has existed since 1967 and for nearly that entire time the students have collectively been known as the De Anza Associated Student Body (DASB) and represented by the DASB Senate. The name of the organization, De Anza Associated Student Body (DASB), did not make its purpose clear to students even when the word "Senate" was attached to the name.

During fall 2020 and winter 2021 the Senate and its Committees discussed possible restructuring and name changes for the organization. To make it clearer that this organization is the student government for De Anza College, it was proposed to change the name to De Anza Student Government (DASG). A draft of a new Bylaws combined with the Constitution including the proposed name change was presented to the Senate at its meeting on Wednesday, January 27th, 2021, and later approved at its meeting on February 3rd.

To approve the name change and restructuring it was required to have the approval of the student body through a general election. During the 2021 Student Elections from February 22nd to March 3rd for the Student Senate and Student Trustee, the students were also asked to approve the name change and new combined Bylaws and Constitution. For De Anza student elections to be considered valid the number of ballots submitted must be at least three percent of the student enrollment, which in this case was 528 ballots. Also, changes to the Constitution, including merging them with the Bylaws and changing the name of the organization require a two-thirds approval.

Enough ballots were submitted during the election period and the student election results were released on the evening of Wednesday, March 17, 2021. With 557 ballots submitted a vast majority of 414 students voted yes to approve changing the name of the De Anza Associated Student Body (DASB) to the De Anza Student Government (DASG).

Through the spring 2021 quarter we will be changing the name throughout the college and district and hosting a contest to select a new De Anza Student Government (DASG) logo. Please keep watch for more information about the logo contest and more on our websites and social media sites.

Thank You

The De Anza Student Government (DASG) and the Office of College Life

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