Gerardo Toledo became involved in the Associated Student Body Government at Allan Hancock College because he was passionate about addressing the needs of student bicyclists on campus.  Serving as the commissioner of campus environment, he worked with the Facilities Council at Hancock to increase the number of bike racks on campus.  He also started an electronics and battery recycling program.

“I was able to work with others and accomplish what I set out to do,” Toledo said.  “It inspired me to continue to serve.”

Toledo will now pedal his enthusiasm into the board room where he will join the board of trustees as their new student member.  A 20-year-old, full-time student from Santa Maria, he was sworn in as the new student trustee on Tuesday, July 19.  He will serve on the board until July 1, 2012.

“I’ve been involved in student government, and I’ve talked to a lot of students,” Toledo said.  “I know I can bring their point of view to the table.”

Toledo is studying computer science and computer engineering at Hancock and has been active in numerous clubs, including the Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) program, Dream Club and CE’ENI.  He was also a member of both the cross country and track and field teams and represented the college’s student government at the regional level.

As both a student and an athlete, Toledo is used to working hard to achieve his goals.  Originally from Mexico, he moved to Santa Maria six years ago and is the first person in his family to attend college.

“I’ve always known I wanted to be successful in life, and getting my degree was the obvious first step,” he said.

In addition to serving as a link between the board of trustees and Hancock students, Toledo said his main goal as student trustee will be to inform students about the educational issues the state of California is currently facing.

“In the last few years I’ve gained valuable knowledge,” he said.  “I’m ready to bring that experience to my new position as the student trustee.”