Associated Students | San Diego State University
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 3:30pm
Council Chambers • Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union
I. CALL TO ORDER
A.S. President, Christian Onwuka, called the meeting to order at 3:38 PM in the Council Chambers at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.
II. ROLL CALL
- Voting Members Present: Christian Onwuka, Kyla Blaylock, George Scott, Dustin Adkins, Angelica Espinoza, Christian Holt, Sophie Chance, Cassie Weinberg, Antonio Marquez Camacho, Jessica Rentto, Brittany Santos-Derieg.
- Voting Members Absent: Stephanie Estrada, Lee Abed.
- Non-Voting Members Present: Christina Brown, Nikki Eliaschev.
- Non-Voting Members Absent: None.
- Visitors: Patty Rea, Dr. J. Luke Wood.
III. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA
It was moved and seconded to approve the agenda for today’s meeting.
WEINBERG/CHANCE CARRIED, (9-0-0)
IV. APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES
It was moved and seconded to approve the Board of Directors meeting minutes of 12/2/19, as attached.
ESPINOZA/HOLT CARRIED, (9-0-0)
V. PUBLIC COMMENT
VI. UNIVERSITY REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS
- Business and Financial Affairs Designee: Jessica Rentto reported on the following:
- Explained how Governor Newsom’s proposed state budget will affect the CSUs.
- The 2020 Bond Act will be up for a vote in March. Some of the money allocated would go towards the CSUs and affordable student housing.
- University President’s Designee: Brittany Santos-Derieg reported on the following:
- There were five amendments to the bill for the quantitative reasoning requirement. The new chancellor will make any actions regardless of the vote.
- Explained the reasoning behind the proposed merging between the divisions of Student Affairs and Diversity and Innovation.
- SDSU Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion: Dr. J. Luke Wood reported on the following:
- Welcomed the Tribal Liaison, Jacob Alvarado. His purpose is to bridge the Native American community and SDSU.
- Yesenia Sanchez Garcia is the new director of Latinx Resource Center. She will be at the launch of the Latinx Resource Center on February 20th at 1:00 pm in the Chicano/a collections room in Love Library.
- The Native Student Resource Center will open on March 2nd at noon in the CAL building.
- Opening of the third ‘Mind, Body, Spirit’ space on campus is on March 5th in the third floor of Love Library.
- Collecting data on climate as part of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiative. Will be presenting the data April 29th at noon.
- The Ethnic Studies Requirement will be in this year’s course catalog.
VII. ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION
- General Consent Agenda (Action): It was moved and seconded to approve the general consent agenda, as attached.
ESPINOZA/CHANCE CARRIED, (9-0-0)
- General Consent Report (Information): The general consent report was reviewed, as attached.
- 360 Feedback and Annual Evaluation of the Executive Director (Information) Presented by Patty Rea, Associate Executive Director (Time Certain 4:15PM): Encouraged members to fill out the evaluation and reminded them that their feedback is important.
VIII. CLOSED SESSION (Closed to Non-Members)
IX. BOARD OF DIRECTORS COMMITTEE REPORTS
- Audit Committee: None.
- Facilities Board: None.
- Financial Affairs Committee (FAC): None.
- Marketing and Communications Committee: None.
X. EXECUTIVE REPORTS
- President: Christian Onwuka reported on the following:
- KCR and the Daily Aztec presented about a fee proposal at the Campus Fee Advisory Committee (CFAC) meeting last Friday.
- The Presidential Taskforce on Student Activities and Safety approved the draft for the Good Samaritan Policy. Well-Being and Health Promotion and the Director of Student Life & Leadership (SLL) presented at the meeting.
- Finalized the student nominations at the Strategic Plan meeting, which will include seven undergraduate and three graduate students.
- Kudos to Dr. J Luke Wood and Provost Ochoa for their hard work on the University Strategic Plan.
- Thank you to everyone who walked in the San Diego Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and those who attended the many events in Dr. King’s honor.
- Met with Counseling and Psychological Services staff to discuss their plans for the additional funds. Their goals include: increasing marketing, hiring new case managers, and hiring more counselors.
- Executive Vice President: Kyla Blaylock reported on the following:
- Planning for the Aztec Achievement Awards (AAA’s). Looking for students to be a part of the awards planning committee.
- Attended a Mission Valley Steering Committee meeting this past Friday.
- Freedom of Expression Committee meeting today around policies that will affect high-profile speakers who come to present on campus. The goal is to support students, not silence voices.
- ‘Mix it Up’ is this Wednesday. Encouraged everyone to attend.
- Thanked everyone who attended the spring retreat.
- Hoping to finalize the A.S. inclusion statement this week at the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) meeting. Looking for students to serve on the subcommittees.
- The second University Diversity Institute is this Friday at 12:30pm.
- Vice President of External Relations: Angelica Espinoza reported on the following:
- This semester's focus will be centered on national, state, and local elections.
- Will be ramping up Rock the Vote (RTV) and tabling almost every day until the deadline to register to vote, which is February 17th.
- Working with KPBS on their non-partisan voter guide.
- Encouraging students to vote in Montezuma Hall.
- Working with Rachel Gregg in regards to communicating information about the 2020 census to SDSU students.
- California Higher Education Student Summit (CHESS) applications became available today. This year’s focus will be on fixing financial aid.
- CSU analytics research begins in a couple of days. Will be researching inequalities with obtaining a degree in the CSUs.
- Working as the CSSA Undocumented Student Lead on efforts to support undocumented students across the CSU.
- Vice President of Financial Affairs: Dustin Adkins reported on the following:
- Has been working on changes and updates to the A.S. Food Pantry.
- Working with Well Being and Health Promotion to launch ‘food nudging’, which will encourage students to choose healthier options.
- Looking at new ways to market the A.S. Food Pantry and to update old marketing and flyers.
- The Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT) received funding through AB47 for rapid re-housing for students on the verge of homelessness. Hiring a coordinator for this program.
- ECRT is working with the Swap Shop to provide vouchers for students who use ECRT services.
- Aztecs Shops sales systems now accept EBT. Piloting in one location.
- Will continue to work with parking services this semester and create focus groups on parking-related issues.
- Asked members to let recognized student organizations know that A.S. has funding available and wants students to use it.
- Will be attending the California Higher Education Basic Needs Alliance 2020 Summit this week in Orange County. Interested to see any changes from the summit from two years ago.
- Vice President of University Affairs: George Scott reported on the following:
- Handed out the sample survey questions for the A.S. 2019-2020 Academic Report. Asked members to read them and provide feedback on whether they believe the questions are worded with neutral language.
- The draft for the A.S. 2019-2020 Academic Report will be released on February 18th.
- Will continue to work with the International Student Center to encourage more international student participation on campus and in A.S.
- Attended the Narcan Upstander Distribution Program hosted by Well-Being and Health Promotion.
- Executive Director: Christina Brown reported on the following:
- Kyla created a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) survey for A.S. student leaders which was great to see at retreat.
- A.S. DEI committee has been split into two parts, A.S. employment and student volunteers. Working on gathering data for employment.
- Executive officers have their 360 surveys out. Encouraged members to complete them.
- Stephanie Estrada is working in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Scholarship that will be given out at the 50th anniversary of EOP.
- Michael Wiafe and Maryana Khames have an office on the second floor of the Student Organization Center.
- The Graduate Student Association (GSA) presented to the Aztec Student Union Board (ASUB) about a pilot program for the Harvey Goodfriend Lounge to be marketed and used primarily as a space for graduate students.
XI. REPORTS OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBERS
- Lee Abed, Student-At-Large: No report.
- Sophie Chance, Student-At-Large:
- Will not be able to attend UC meetings but will be attending college council meetings individually.
- Working on a textbook calculator ‘gift-back’ program for students who need to sell their textbooks.
- Plans to continue to work with Career Services on internships and outside opportunities.
- Happy to have participated in the implicit bias training to be on a hiring committee and feels that it is very important for A.S. representatives to complete.
- Stephanie Estrada, Student-At-Large: No report.
- Christian Holt, Student-At-Large:
- Working on helping second-year students transition to off campus housing.
- Working on the SDCelebration with SDC.
- Looking into planning a ‘Human Trafficking Awareness Day’ specific to SDSU.
- Antonio Marquez-Camacho, Student-At-Large:
- Working on the Latinx Film Festival. Looking to showcase student films and artwork that are representative of the community.
- Education Without Borders (EWB) presented college readiness workshops at the Zapatista Conference.
- Cassie Weinberg, Student-At-Large:
- Working on the ‘Mental Health Fest’ and received valuable feedback from Dr. Jen Rikard.
- In the process of planning for the ‘Swap Shop’.
- Working with Green Love and the Climate Action Committee.
It was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 5:21 pm.
APPROVED BY: Christian L. Onwuka, A.S. President
PREPARED BY: Nikki Eliaschev, A.S. Government Secretary