Meeting Minutes
Associated Students | San Diego State University

Monday, November 4, 2019 - 3:30pm
Council Chambers • Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union


A.S. President, Christian Onwuka, called the meeting to order at 3:35 PM in the Council Chambers at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.


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


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


It was moved and seconded to approve the Board of Directors meeting minutes of 10/21/19, as attached.
ESPINOZA/WEINBERG                                                                                  CARRIED 




  1. Business and Financial Affairs Designee:
    1. No report.
  2. University President’s Designee:
    1. Reviewed the five priorities that were decided on at the meeting today for the Strategic Plan which include: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Students at Our Center, Premier Hispanic Serving Institution (HIS) R1 University, Sustainability and Innovation, and At SDSU. 
    2. There will be a follow-up meeting tomorrow to continue to work on the top five priorities.
    3. Chancellor Tim White announced his retirement and there will be two open forums on November 12th and 14th and six additional online forums to gage the qualities students would like to see in the future chancellor.  


  1. General Consent Agenda (Action): It was moved and seconded to approve the general consent agenda, as attached.
    HOLT/CHANCE                                                        CARRIED
  2. General Consent Report (Information): The general consent report was reviewed, as attached.
  3. 2018-2019 SDSU Children’s Center Audit (Action) (Time Certain 3:45 pm):
    1. Reviewed the audit report. 
    2. The audit will be made available on the A.S. website.
    3. Opened the floor for discussion or questions. 
      BLAYLOCK/ABED                                                                                  CARRIED

VIII. CLOSED SESSION (Closed to Non-Members)



  1. Audit Committee: None. 
  2. Facilities Board: None.
  3. Financial Affairs Committee (FAC): None.
  4. Marketing and Communications Committee: None.

X. EXECUTIVE REPORTS                                      

  1. President: Christian Onwuka reported on the following: 
    1. Reviewed applications for the Student Success Fee (SFF) this past Friday during the SSF ARP Level 3 review. It was nice to see many proposals and students taking advantage of the resources available to them.
    2. Thanked everyone for attending the Open Forum on Wednesday.
    3. The University Senate will be voting on two resolutions tomorrow during their meeting: 
      1. A request to add a Senate seat for a graduate student.
      2. The Ethnic Studies graduation requirement. 
    4. Will be speaking at the University Staff Awards on Friday and at the A.S. Staff Awards on Wednesday.
    5. Reminded members that the campus will be closed on Monday in honor of Veterans Day.
  2. Executive Vice President: Kyla Blaylock reported on the following: 
    1. Excited that it’s homecoming week!
    2. Tomorrow is the Aztecs Rock Hunger (ARH) carnival from 10:00 am -2:00 pm. 
    3. OneSDSU: Aztecs Past, Present, and Future is tomorrow from 5:30-7:30 pm and will be highlighting Transgender and Non-Binary Leaders.
    4. Wednesday is the ‘I Heart SDSU’ event from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Union Courtyard.  
    5. Homecoming Pep Rally is Thursday at the SDSU Farmers Market from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Will be handing out promotional items.
    6. War Memorial on Friday from 9:30-11:30 am to honor SDSU students who lost their lives in combat.
    7. The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) yard show is Friday night. 
    8. Asked members to sign up to volunteer at the Homecoming Fun Run on Saturday morning from 8:00 -11:00 am. 
    9. Will be doing a university Instagram takeover on Saturday at the homecoming football game versus Nevada.
    10. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Institute was very productive. Discussed the campus climate surveys and the A.S. inclusion statement. Will be presenting their work soon. 
    11. Is happy to be able to represent the student voice on the Mission Valley Steering Committee.
    12. Thanked everyone who attended and participated in the Open Forum last Wednesday during the All-Council Training. 
    13. Met with student leaders from USD’s and UCSD’s student governments and working on possible collaborations.
    14. Looking for student input for the HSI Conference. 
  3. Vice President of External Relations: Angelica Espinoza reported on the following: 
    1. The San Diego Mayoral Forum is today from 6:30-8:00 pm at Montezuma Hall. Encouraged everyone to attend. 
    2. Rock The Vote (RTV) Presidential Debate Watch Party is November 20th from 4:30-7:30 pm in the Student Lounge. 
    3. Working on the Good Neighbor brochure with the College Area Community Council (CACC) and Rachel Gregg. 
    4. Serving on the Cohort for Student Analytic Success which will research the student equity gaps and make suggestions on how to best address them.
    5. Wished everyone a Happy Native American Heritage Month. Will be posting events on the A.S. Instagram. 
    6. Discussed the Graduation 2025 initiative with Trustee Kimball today. 
    7. CSSA voted against the quantitative reasoning assessment. The final vote will be soon.
  4. Vice President of Financial Affairs: Dustin Adkins reported on the following:
    1. Encouraged members to stop by the ARH fundraiser tonight at Chipotle.
    2. There will be another fundraiser for ARH at Woodstock’s Pizza next week.
    3. Aztec Proud events on November 5th and 7th will be giving out ARH hats in exchange for a $10 donation.
    4. Reminded members that the proceeds from the Fun Run will go to ARH.
    5. ARH will be at the basketball game tomorrow night and at the football game on Saturday night.
    6. Discussing what the students and university would like to see from Parking Services and creating a plan to reach out to student body.
  5. Vice President of University Affairs: Christian reported on behalf of George Scott:
    1. Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) met with college council presidents and delegates to discuss the deadline to collect data, which will be the spring add/drop deadline.
    2. University Affairs Board (UAB) is designing the process behind the 2019-2020 A.S. Academic Report.
    3. Filmed a video for prospective international students.
    4. Will be speaking at the opening ceremony of the International Peace Village in November.
  6. Executive Director: Christina Brown reported on the following:
    1. There have been follow up discussions about sustainability on campus with the Subcommittee for Climate Action. Christy Samarkos will head the process and help connect students and the administration. 
    2. Found an office for CSSA President, Michael Wiafe, and CSSA Student Trustee, Maryana Khames, in the PSFA building with the diversity and innovation groups. 
    3. SDSU alum, Ed SanFilippo, held a staff training in the ARC about Transgender issues. 
    4. Gendered single stall restrooms throughout the university are being changed to gender neutral restrooms.


  1. Lee Abed, Student-At-Large:
    1. The walk-around with SDSU Police Department’s Corporal Peterson last Tuesday went well. Discussed ways to address the issue through the ‘Get it Done’ app.
    2. Has been encouraging students to continue to report broken street lights.
  2. Sophie Chance, Student-At-Large:
    1. Will not be able to attend UC meetings next semester due to a class scheduling conflict.
    2. Reaching out to professors to see if they are willing to offer extra credit to students who attend an Open Forum.
    3. Creating a committee for the co-op program.
  3. Stephanie Estrada, Student-At-Large: No report.
  4. Christian Holt, Student-At-Large: 
    1. Working with the Student Diversity Commission (SDC) to prepare for the Cultural Organization Mixer on November 20th.
    2. Attending the CSU Young Males of Color Consortium in Los Angeles tomorrow. 
  5. Antonio Marquez-Camacho, Student-At-Large:
    1. Attended the Donuts with the Dean event that was hosted by the college of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA).
    2. Presenting at the MEChA conference on November 9th. 
    3. Serving on the hiring committee for the Latinx Center Coordinator Position. 
    4. Presented to first-year students about resources on campus. 
    5. Education Without Borders (EWB) will be participating in the Open Forum on November 13th at the Tula Community Center.
  6. Cassie Weinberg, Student-At-Large:
    1. Mental Health Fest planning is going well.
    2. Working on expanding the Swap Shop with the support from two members of GreenLove as part of the planning team. 


It was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 4:54 pm. 
ABED/ESTRADA                                                                                                         CARRIED

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

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