Meeting Minutes
Associated Students | San Diego State University

Monday, October 7, 2019 - 3:30pm
Council Chambers • Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union


A.S. President, Christian Onwuka, called the meeting to order at 3:37 PM in the Council Chambers at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.


  1. Voting Members Present: Christian Onwuka, Kyla Blaylock, Dustin Adkins (left early), Angelica Espinoza, Antonio Marquez-Camacho, Christian Holt, Sophie Chance, Stephanie Estrada (left early), Cassie Weinberg, Lee Abed.
  2. Voting Members Absent: George Scott, Brittany Santos-Derieg.
  3. Non-Voting Members Present: Christina Brown, Nikki Eliaschev.
  4. Non-Voting Members Absent: None.
  5. Visitors: Margot Ermer, Dr. John Crockett, Dr. Andrea Dooley, Ms. Jessica Nare, Dr. Jen Rikard.


It was moved and seconded to approve the agenda for today’s meeting.

It was moved and seconded to approve a friendly amendment to include a time certain for Margot Ermer to present Judicial Affairs Council Minutes at 5:00 pm.
KYLA/ESPINOZA                                                                 CARRIED

The agenda was approved as amended.                                                 


It was moved and seconded to approve the Board of Directors meeting minutes of 9/23/19, as attached.
ESPINOZA/HOLT                                                              CARRIED        


  1. None.


  1. Business and Financial Affairs Designee: Jessica Rentto reported on the following:
    1. All sessions for feedback for the Strategic Plan have been completed and the data is being compiled and assessed. There were over 3,100 participants. Will have more updates soon.
  2. University President’s Designee:
    1. No report.
  3. Introduction to Upcoming National Conference at SDSU on STEM Student Success at HSIs- Dr. John Crockett (3:50 pm):
    1. Explained the significance of SDSU as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).
    2. Reviewed the vision and mission of the 2020 HSI Research, Collaboration, and Workforce Workshop.
    3. Workshop dates are April 5-7 at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center.
    4. Explained the seven tracks under consideration for the workshop and members voted for their top four choices.
  4. Alternative Consultation: Proposed Initiatives Presentation - Dr. Andrea Dooley, Ms. Jessica Nare and Dr. Jen Rikard (4:15) pm:
    1. Explained the process and timeline for alternative consultation and the stage that the proposals are at.
    2. Open forums begin October 21st and are open until November 15th.
    3. Jen Rikard explained the significance of Student Health and Wellness Fee and how it would allow for a lower student-to-counselor ratio. This would allow SDSU to meet the recommended ratio.
    4. Jessica Nare explained how the funds for the Instructionally Related Activity (IRA) Fee will be distributed among the Cultural Identity Centers and what the proposed fee will be used towards.
    5. Explained the return to aid component of the two proposed fee increases.
    6. Looking into online feedback options.


  1. General Consent Agenda: It was moved and seconded to approve the general consent agenda, as attached.
    ADKINS/WEINBERG                                                        CARRIED
  2. General Consent Report: The general consent report was reviewed, as attached.

VIII. CLOSED SESSION (Closed to Non-Members)



  1. Audit Committee: None.
  2. Facilities Board: None.
  3. Financial Affairs Committee (FAC): Reviewing Campus Program Funding (CPF) policies.
  4. Marketing and Communications Committee: None.


  1. President: Christian Onwuka reported on the following:
    1. Thanked everyone who helped during the Strategic Plan Sessions. There were over 3,200 votes.
    2. There was not a second to adding a second graduate student seat to the Senate to the agenda during the last Senate meeting. Working to address the situation.
    3. Shouted-out SDSU for presenting an honorary doctorate to Dr. Ellen Ochoa, SDSU alum.
    4. Discussed campus safety at the University Leadership Council meeting today.
  2. Executive Vice President: Kyla Blaylock reported on the following:
    1. Sports for All is on October 16th at 5:00 pm in front of Hepner Hall.
    2. Filmed the Homecoming video today.
    3. Discussed how to improve communications across campus at the Shared Governance meeting two Fridays ago.
    4. Reminded members that there is an All Council Training (ACT) on Wednesday.
    5. Preparing for the first institute for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plan on October 25th that will be creating and framing the diversity statement for SDSU.
    6. The football game against Wyoming is this weekend.
  3. Vice President of External Relations: Angelica Espinoza reported on the following:
    1. More RSOs are excited to join the Know Your Rights campaign.
    2. Gathering data on instances of racial profiling to present to the University Police Department (UPD) in response to students’ concerns.
    3. National Voter Registration Day went well.
    4. Enjoyed attending the Engineering Fair today.
    5. Will be registering voters during Family Weekend this Friday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
    6. Acknowledged DiversAbility Month and Filipino American Heritage Month and will be highlighting leaders from these communities on the AS Instagram page.
    7. Will have updates from the College Area Community Council soon.
  4. Vice President of Financial Affairs: Dustin Adkins reported on the following:
    1. ARH campus partners meeting is Thursday, October 10th at 9:00 am.
    2. There will be several Aztecs Rock Hunger (ARH) fundraisers in the College Area Business District. ARH is currently partnered with 10 different businesses.
    3. ARH Press Release event is on Tuesday, October 22nd to kick off the campaign. Time TBA.
    4. Went to Assistant Deans’ meeting and reviewed AS funding opportunities and ways to reach students outside of RSOs with George Scott.
  5. Vice President of University Affairs: George Scott reported on the following:
    1. Working with Angie in Academic Affairs to break down barriers within AS.
    2. Collecting information about classes that are hindering student success to create a report to bring to the Provost.
    3. Discussed the ride-share and electric scooter policy with a representative from Parking & Transportation Services at the University Affairs Board (UAB) meeting.
    4. GreenLove presented at the UAB meeting about sustainability initiatives to collaborate on.
  6. Executive Director: No report.


    1. Lee Abed, Student-At-Large:
      1. Walk-around to record broken street lights on campus is on hold until SDSU PDs Corporal Peterson returns.
      2. Working with IFC on street lights issue.
      3. Working with Hillel to organize a San Diego – Mexico Border trip from November 8th – 10th. Asked students to reach out if they are interested.
    2. Sophie Chance, Student-At-Large:
      1. Career Services is excited about the co-op program.
      2. Attended the Engineering Organization Fair which was very successful.
    3. Stephanie Estrada, Student-At-Large:
      1. Met with the selection committee for the 50th anniversary of EOP Award.
      2. Human Rights Day is this month. More details soon.
    4. Christian Holt, Student-At-Large:
      1. Encouraging students to write pro/con statements for the two proposed fee increases.
      2. Encouraging RSOs to host open forums.
    5. Antonio Marquez-Camacho, Student-At-Large:
      1. Working with Career Services to address the way that two students were treated about their resumes.
      2. Excited about the work that the Elevating Work Platform (EWP) is doing with Teach for America.
      3. Wants to create events for film and journalism students.
    6. Cassie Weinberg, Student-At-Large:
      1. Working on ways to bring mental health programs to student leaders.
      2. Second meeting for Mental Health Day will be next Monday.
      3. Working with the “green orgs” to see if a coalition can be formed.


It was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 5:46 pm.
HOLT/CHANCE                                                           CARRIED

APPROVED BY: Christian L. Onwuka, A.S. President   
PREPARED BY: Nikki Eliaschev, A.S. Government Secretary