Meeting Minutes
Associated Students | San Diego State University


Monday, September 23, 2019 - 3:30pm
Council Chambers, Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union

I. CALL TO ORDER

A.S. President, Christian Onwuka, called the meeting to order at 3:36 PM in the Council Chambers at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.

II. ROLL CALL

  1. Voting Members Present: Christian Onwuka (left early), Kyla Blaylock, George Scott, Dustin Adkins, Angelica Espinoza, Antonio Marquez-Camacho, Christian Holt, Sophie Chance, Stephanie Estrada, Cassie Weinberg, Lee Abed, Brittany Santos-Derieg.
  2. Voting Members Absent: Jessica Rentto.
  3. Non-Voting Members Present: Christina Brown, Nikki Eliaschev
  4. Non-Voting Members Absent: None.
  5. Visitors: Margot Ermer, Carlos Careaga, Rick Wintzel.

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

It was moved and seconded to approve the agenda for today’s meeting.
ABED/ESPINOZA                                                                                                  CARRIED

IV. APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES

It was moved and seconded to approve the Board of Directors meeting minutes of 9/9/19, as attached.
WEINBERG/SCOTT                                                                                                CARRIED

V. PUBLIC COMMENT

None.

VI. UNIVERSITY REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS

  1. Business and Financial Affairs Designee: No report.
  2. University President’s Designee: Brittany Santos-Derieg reported on the following:

    a. Expressed gratitude on behalf of the President’s Office for Green Love and all of the students who attended the Climate Strike on Friday. Also thanked the students who attended the follow-up meeting with President Adela de la Torre.
    b. Planning a celebration event for SDSU’s 125th anniversary, which will coincide with the opening of the new football stadium.

VII. ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION

  1. General Consent Agenda:It was moved and seconded to approve the general consent agenda, as attached.
    ADKINS/CHANCE                                                                                                 CARRIED
  2. General Consent Report: The general consent report was reviewed, as attached.
  3. 2018-19 A.S. Financial Audit Presentation and Approval (Action) (Time Certain 4
    pm): Carlos Careaga informed the reviewed the handout, as attached. Rick Wintzel from Grant Thornton explained the role of the company and the services that they provide to A.S.

    It was moved and seconded to approve the 2018-19 AS Financial Audit Report, as attached.
    ABED/ESPINOZA                                                                                                 CARRIED

VIII.   CLOSED SESSION (Closed to Non-Members)

None.

IX.  BOARD OF DIRECTORS COMMITTEE REPORTS

  1. Audit Committee: Carlos Careaga reviewed the purpose of the Audit committee.
    Explained that after minutes are approved they become available to the public.
  2. Facilities Board:  None.
  3. Financial Affairs Committee (FAC): 
    1. There is a surplus of membership but the number of voting members will remain at 15. Voting will rotate among members.
  4. Marketing and Communications Committee:  None.

X.  EXECUTIVE REPORTS

  1. President: Christian Onwuka reported on the following:
    1. IT Governance steering committee went over what MySDSU is going to look like.
    2. Student conversations with President Adela de la Torre were great. Is excited to see the conversations continue.
    3. Will have updates on The Education Trust soon.
    4. Spoke at the Town Hall on Ethnic Studies and feels that the conversations need to continue.
    5. Commended members for building relationships at the University Leaders Reception last Wednesday. Encouraged members to reach out to people they spoke with.
    6. Utah State AS leaders came to the AS office on Friday and they were really cool. It was interesting to learn about them and their challenges.
    7. Aztec Identity Governing meeting was Friday and the Native Indigenous Healing Garden was discussed. Will have more information soon.
    8. Campus Fee Advisory Committee (CFAC) approved two proposed fee increases to go through the alternative consultation process this fall. Will review both proposals at the next meeting.
    9. Climate Strike was last Friday and there was a follow up meeting today which went well.
    10. There is an All Council Training (ACT) on Wednesday regarding the University Strategic Plan.
    11. Encouraged members to spread the word about the Strategic Plan Sessions in Montezuma Hall
  2. Executive Vice President: Kyla Blaylock reported on the following:  
    1. Monday Night Movie is tonight in the Student Union Theatre from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm.
    2. ASUB and RTV are putting on the Art Walk this Wednesday in the Student Union Courtyard from 11:00 pm – 1:00 pm.
    3. Baseball Showdown event in Aztec Lanes this Wednesday.
    4. Aztecs for Life Blood Drive is in November. Will have more details as the date approaches.
    5. Met with the two CLC Students-At-Large to plan for the year, regarding a newsletter that will give updates about A.S.
    6. Homecoming video was postponed to this week. Will be filming it on Thursday at 1:00 pm.
    7. Will be sitting in on the interview panel for new Associate Director of the Student Union this week.
    8. First FLI meeting is tomorrow in Council Chambers at 3:30 pm.
    9. There is a Run, Hide, Fight Active Shooter Survival Training on Friday in the theatre.
    10. Working on important pre-requisite reading materials for the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee.
    11. Working on writing a diversity statement for AS.
  3. Vice President of External Relations: Angelica Espinoza reported on the following: 
    1. Acknowledged Latinx Heritage Month.
    2. Rock The Vote (RTV) is going well. Will be forming subcommittees because there are so many members.
    3. Attended CSSA San Marcos this weekend. The policy agendas and social justice endeavors main focus for the year will be on LGBTQIA+ and undocumented students.
    4. Is working on the Graduate 2025 initiative and will have more updates soon.
    5. Explained why CSSA pushed back on a quantitative reasoning requirement that would affect high school students in California.
    6. Will hand out a list of bills that are currently on governor's desk for members to review.
    7. Needs one student representative from SDSU to serve on the CSU Mental Health Advisory Committee.
    8. Email to the entire campus about National Voter Registration Day was sent out today. Reminded members to re-register if they changed addresses.
    9. Will be hosting more voter registration trainings because they are in high demand.
    10. Looking forward to introducing the Student Trustee Application to SDSU students.
  4. Vice President of Financial Affairs: Dustin Adkins reported on the following:  
    1. Aztecs Rock Hunger will be soliciting donations as part of the Great Give on Wednesday, September 25.
    2. ARH Board decided that members of Judicial Affairs Council (JAC) are allowed to participate in Aztecs Rock Hunger.
    3. Speaking with the A.S. President of Imperial Valley to see how a food pantry can be implemented on the Imperial Valley campus.
    4. There are two new operations student leads at the A.S. Food Pantry.
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  5. Vice President of University Affairs: George Scott reported on the following: 
    1. Electric Vehicle policy is being reviewed by the Academic Affairs Board since students brought up safety concerns about the policy.
    2. The ARC construction is still on schedule.
    3. ENS Field dedication will be on October 3rd from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.
    4. Speaking with Career Services ensuring there are equal opportunity employers at future career fairs.
  6. Executive Director: Christina Brown reported on the following: 
    1. Will bring the annual State of AS report to the next meeting for BOD to review it.
    2. Working with almost all members on their goals for the semester. Encouraged members to reach out if they need more support.

X. REPORTS OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  1. Lee Abed, Student-At-Large:  
    1. Working on increasing the involvement from IFC with campus safety.
    2. Encouraging people to email sloado@sandiego.org if they have complaints about street lights around campus.
    3. Reaching out to SDSU PD’s Corporal Mark Peterson to record which street lights are not working. Will bring this information to the City as a formal complaint.
    4. Meeting with UC reps to discuss goals and plans to implement them.
  2. Sophie Chance, Student-At-Large: 
    1. Scheduling meetings with the UC College Councils and is attending council meetings.
    2. Meeting with Career Services to discuss how to improve internship programs for students.
  3. Stephanie Estrada, Student-At-Large: 
    1. No report.
  4. Christian Holt, Student-At-Large:  
    1. Proposed the idea of organizing a forum on the crime bulletin that went out on Friday to discuss better ways for people to properly identify a suspect.
    2. Working on collaborations between the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and AS.
    3. Reaching out to the commissions on CLC to determine how to best support them.
  5. Antonio Marquez-Camacho, Student-At-Large:.
    1. Has been speaking with film and journalism students to find employers to bring to the Career Fair that interest students in those majors.
    2. Wrote an article for the Mundo Azteca about DACA and how court decisions coming up could affect students.
    3. Working with Cynthia Torres to see if students can begin the DACA renewal process earlier to help ease students stress.
  6. Cassie Weinberg, Student-At-Large:  
    1. Working with the sustainability committee.
    2. Mental Health Week is now Mental Health Day and will be in late March.
    3. Information session for the Israel Factfinders program is tonight at 7:00 pm at Hillel.

XII.  ADJOURNMENT

It was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 5:22 pm.
ESTRADA/HOLT                                                                                           CARRIED

APPROVED BY: Christian L. Onwuka, A.S. President

PREPARED BY: Nikki Eliaschev, A.S. Government Secretary