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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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Napa Valley College DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area 4

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Xulio Soriano

Nonprofit Executive Director
2,594 votes (37.55%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Close achievement gaps in underrepresented groups. Data shows students in need. Everyone needs fair chance to transfer to a four year or seek technical, entrepeneurial, or vocational careers.
  • Hold board meetings accross the county to re-connect the college with the community, and build more bridges and partnerhsips.
  • Direct the development of a college Climate Action Plan that addresses the impacts of future wildfires and sea level rise on campus.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Nonprofit Executive Director
Executive Director 2, Movimiento Cultural de la Union Indigena (2018–current)

Community Activities

Men Making News Male Role Model of the Year, 2018, NEWS- Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Services (2018–2018)

Biography

Xulio Soriano is a grassroots community organizer and poet from Napa, California born and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico. A descendant of the Mixteca Indigenous people, he moved to the United States as a permanent resident and began learning English in fourth grade. Soriano has lived in the Napa Valley College Board of Trustees Area 4  for over 18 years. He has focused on assisting marginalized groups within the Indigenous and Latino communities. His work is centered around the intersection of education, art, and socio-ecological impact. He is currently an Executive Director of the Movimiento Cultural de la Unión Indígena, a non-profit that advocates for and serves indigenous farm workers in Sonoma, Napa, Solano, and Mendocino counties.

A 28 year old son of farm workers and a first generation college student, Soriano has never let language, class, or age be a barrier. He graduated from Vintage High School in 2008 as a budding multi-linguist, an active member of the Amnesty International Student Club, and a certified tutor for the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) high school program. He earned the 2008 Vintage High School World Language Award for completion of honors and college level Spanish and French courses, and for passing all his Advanced Placement (AP) exams in language and literature, including passing the AP French Language exam through self-taught independent studies. In addition to excelling in world languages in high school, he also took honors English classes. He continued expanding his knowledge of languages by taking beginner and intermediate Italian courses at Napa Valley College.

Soriano has attended Napa Valley College where he was active in student government as a voting member of the Associated Students of Napa Valley College (ASNVC). Soriano participated in and graduated from Leadership Napa Valley in 2014 as a member of Class 27. He was also honored by the Napa County Hispanic Network with a Friends of the Network award last year for outstanding community service. Soriano has continued to further his education at the college. Through his community work, he has continued to collaborate with various campus groups on projects of common interest, such as training college staff and administrators with legal observer trainings through the North Bay Rapid Response Network.

Soriano is a co-founder and a board member of multiple grassroots and non-profit organizations (listed in the résumé below. In early 2018 he co-presented at a panel at the United Nations in New York City with the Women’s Intercultural Network and Suscol Intertribal Council on the topic of Indigenous farm worker women in rural agricultural areas of California and the effects that climate change has had on them.

Soriano seeks to bring a breath of fresh air to the college Board and to help bridge the gap between the college and the larger community he serves. Throughout his life, if a service is missing, he has taken the initiative to build it. When he is not engaged in community organizing he writes and performs poetry professionally in English, Spanish, and French. He is inspired by the former president of Napa Valley College, Dr. Chris McCarthy, a poet and college leader that always engaged with students.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Sierra Club, Redwood Chapter
  • Napa Vision 2050

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As Native Americans, we believe in protecting our ecosystem and people for seven generations to come. My Seven Generations Platform addresses some of the most important socio-ecological issues of our times and of our local and global communities. My seven generations platform is as follows:

Student Success
Close the achievement gap in underrepresented groups by overseeing the college’s Student Equity Plan and implementation of AB 705, which will change how students are placed in college-level classes, and expedite their graduation.  As our middle class shrinks across the nation, community colleges are important in maintaining a strong middle class and uplifting marginalized groups and people in poverty.


Transparency
Propose that Board meetings be held throughout the County to connect the college with the community. This will bring Trustees directly to the people during parts of the school year. Given that the community rejected the college's repeated bond tax measure, we now have to get back in tune with the community to regain their trust.



Climate Action Leadership
Direct the development of a college Climate Action Plan that addresses the impacts of future wildfires and sea level rise on campus. This includes adapting to and mitigating such effects with smart energy and construction practices, while also making sure we are well-suited to be model emergency shelter that has inclusive language access and cultural competency. Building in future flood areas is a financial risk; climate action is also responsible budgeting.

Shared Governance
Ensure college stakeholders have a voice in decisions that affect them by upholding shared governance. This includes students, classified staff, faculty, and administrators. A participatory democracy is a healthy democracy. As a community organizer and a bridge builder, I know how to bring people from inside and outside the campus onto the decision-making table.

Zero Tolerance for 
Sexual Harassment and Gender-based Violence and Discrimination
This issue is prevalent across community colleges and universities. Although we are doing much better than other campuses, I will ensure that Napa Valley College maintains and upholds a strong culture of zero tolerance for sexual assault and other gender-based violence that has occurred in broad daylight in the past.

Native American Reconciliation
Our college can increase outreach to Native American communities not just for student enrollment and success, but also to collaborate with these communities in land stewardship at our ecological preserve and the sharing of traditional knowledge. I have the capacity  and cultural skill sets to help build these relationships.

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— November 2, 2018 Xulio Soriano for NVC Trustee 2018

Climate Leadership means we steer Napa Valley College towards being carbon-neutral and to use entirely renewable energy. We need a Climate Action Plan for the campus to map our next steps. Climate Justice means that we protect or create harm-reduction for the marginalized communites that will face the burden of the effects of climate change, such as fires, heat waves, and floods. We can model the way for providing language access, for example, during emergencies so that people are not left out.

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