Meeting Minutes
Associated Students | San Diego State University

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 3:30pm
Council Chambers • Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union


A.S. Executive Vice President, Kyla Blaylock, 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 (late), Kyla Blaylock, George Scott, Dustin Adkins, Angelica Espinoza, Christian Holt, Lee Abed, Sophie Chance, Stephanie Estrada, Cassie Weinberg.
  2. Voting Members Absent: Antonio Marquez-Camacho. 
  3. Non-Voting Members Present: Christina Brown, Nikki Eliaschev.
  4. Non-Voting Members Absent: Jessica Rentto, Brittany Santos-Derieg.
  5. Visitors: Carlos Careaga, Patty Rea. 


It was moved and seconded to make a friendly amendment to the agenda for today’s meeting to change item E under Items for Consideration to an information item and to add a time certain of 4:00 pm. 
ADKINS/SCOTT                                                                                                        CARRIED 

The agenda was approved as amended.
WEINBERG/CHANCE                                                                                                CARRIED


It was moved and seconded to approve the Board of Directors meeting minutes of 11/4/19, as attached.
CHANCE/ADKINS                                                                                                     CARRIED




  1. Business and Financial Affairs Designee: No report.
  2. University President’s Designee: No report.


  1. General Consent Agenda (Action)
    1. It was moved and seconded to approve the general consent agenda, as attached.
      ABED/CHANCE                                                                                         CARRIED
  2. General Consent Report (Information): The general consent report was reviewed, as attached.
  3. A.S. Q1 Financial Review (Information): Carlos Careaga reviewed the Quarter Ending Financial Report and explained any significant variances in the report.
  4. Proposed Bylaw Amendments (Information): Christina encouraged members to review the documents, as attached, and to reach out to Judicial Affairs Council if they have questions because the proposed amendments will be voted on during the next meeting.
  5. Associated Students Part Time and Full Time Employee Annual Compensation Adjustment (Information): Patty Rea reviewed the document and explained the plan to increase minimum wage for employees of A.S. starting next year to comply with the state-wide increases. 
  6. Selection of ASBOD Member on Appointments and Review Committee (Action):
    1. It was moved and seconded to approve CJ Holt, Lee Abed, and Sophie Chance to be nominated to serve on the Appointments and Review Committee this Thursday.
      WEINBERG/ADKINS                                                                                           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 the two resolutions passed in the University Senate two weeks ago. 
    2. Attended Hot Chocolate with the President last Tuesday where students discussed the two proposed fee increases, safe sex initiatives on campus, and different internship opportunities for students.
    3. President Adela de la Torre announced two task force groups last Tuesday, which include the Alcohol and Substance Misuse Task Force and Student Activities and Safety Task Force. 
    4. Graduate Student Association (GSA) will be piloting the Goodfriend Lounge as a Graduate Student Lounge to look into the possibility of having their own space.
    5. Serving on ‘Students are at our Core’ for the Strategic Plan which will be discussing ways to support students in their different definitions and areas of success.  
    6. There is an Campus Fee Advisory Committee (CFAC) open meeting this Friday at 11:00 am in Montezuma Hall. The Committee will be deciding whether or not to recommend the two proposed fee increases to President Adela de la Torre. 
  2. Executive Vice President: Kyla Blaylock reported on the following: 
    1. The Aztecs for Life Blood Drive is tomorrow.
    2. Thanked everyone who volunteered during Homecoming. 
    3. Planning for the Aztec Achievement Awards is starting soon. Asked members to let her know if they are interested in participating.  
    4. Encouraged members to attend the Student Diversity Commission (SDC) Mixer on Wednesday from 5:00-7:00 pm. 
    5. ‘Monday Night Movie’ is tonight at 6:30 pm.
    6. Cooking with Chefs is tomorrow at noon.
    7. Giving Thanks Dinner and Open Mic Night are this Thursday in the Union from 5:00-7:00 pm. 
  3. Vice President of External Relations: Angelica Espinoza reported on the following: 
    1. The Cal State Student Association (CSSA) will have big pushes for the census next semester. 
    2. Relayed information about census jobs and reminded members that they will be able to access the census on February 3rd. 
    3. Students will be discussing what they would like to see in the new Chancellor for the CSU’s on December 3rd at CSSA San Marcos. 
    4. The CSU’s will be reforming their financial aid to make higher education more accessible. 
    5. Attended the ‘Keeping the Dream Alive’ conference to learn how to empower undocumented students on campus. 
    6. CSSA Northridge went well.
    7. The Presidential Debate Watch Party is this Wednesday, November 20th from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Student Lounge. 
    8. Cal Fresh Day is this Wednesday.
    9. Reminded members that this week is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and to make sure they are relaying all resources to students.
    10. Soliciting tips from members of A.S. that can be given to students who have not participated in A.S. to help them in their campaigns.
  4. Vice President of Financial Affairs: Dustin Adkins reported on the following:
    1. Aztecs Rock Hunger (ARH) is over. The final leadership team meeting was today where challenges and achievements were discussed. 
    2. Exploring options for parking and looking for students to get involved. 
  5. Vice President of University Affairs: George Scott reported on the following:
    1. Enrollment Management Advisory Committee (EMAC) had their first meeting with new members. The fall 2019 Enrollment Management Update was reviewed. 
    2. Spoke at the kickoff for International Education Week. 
    3. Speaking at the International Peace Village Thursday at 10:00 am in the Student Union Courtyard.
    4. The final student engagement meeting for the Aztec Recreation Center (ARC) is December 10th at 3:00 pm. This is the last chance for student input.
    5. University Affairs Board (UAB) and Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) are working on the 2019-2020 A.S. Academic Report. Survey topics and questions should be ready in two weeks’ time. 
  6. Executive Director: Christina Brown reported on the following:
    1. The SDC Mixer is on Wednesday from 5:00-7:00 pm. 
    2. The last meeting will be December 4th at the Alumni Center and there will be dinner after. 
    3. There is an A.S. student leader mixer on Monday December 2nd from 12:00-2:00 pm at the University House. 
    4. Working with Christy Samarkos and Courtney Ransom to connect the administration with the Climate Action Subcommittee.
    5. The Graduate Student Association (GSA) has been very active. It working with them to collaborate with ASUB for ‘Giving Thanks Dinner’.


  1. Lee Abed, Student-At-Large:
    1. Reaching out to the city about the lights on Campanile Dr, Montezuma Rd, and Dorothy Dr that are not working. 
  2. Sophie Chance, Student-At-Large:
    1. Brought up a class discussion that occurred where students expressed that they do not feel that SDSU is listening to them and is charging too much money from students. Asked members to consider this and keep it in mind when discussing the fee increases.
  3. Stephanie Estrada, Student-At-Large:
    1. Working on the Education Opportunity Program (EOP) Scholarship.
    2. Maintenance Workers Appreciation Day is on April 16th from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm. Looking for students who would like to be involved. 
    3. Asked members to have a moment of silence in honor of Dylan Hernandez.
  4. Christian Holt, Student-At-Large: 
    1. Encouraging student leaders to go see the vignettes at ‘The Journey to a Shared Humanity’ event from 6:00-9:00 pm.
    2. Reminded members to attend the SDC Mixer on Wednesday from 5:00-7:00 pm.
  5.  Antonio Marquez-Camacho, Student-At-Large: No report. 
  6. Cassie Weinberg, Student-At-Large:
    1. Serving on the ‘Sustainability and Innovation’ priority of the Strategic Plan.
    2. Mental Health Day has been renamed to the Wellness Fest in order to incorporate the eight dimensions of wellness.


It was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 5:30 pm. 
SCOTT/WEINBERG                                                                                                     CARRIED

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

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