Meeting Minutes
Associated Students | San Diego State University

Monday, August 10, 2020 - 3:00pm
Via Zoom


A.S. President, Christian Holt called the meeting to order at 3:03 PM.


  1. Voting Members Present : Christian Holt, Bella Martelino, Armando Sepulveda II, Victor Penera, Crystal Sanchez, Reece Breuckman, Abigail Tamayo, Joyce Chen (late), Ashley Tejada, Antonio Marquez (late), Dr. J. Luke Wood, Jessica Rentto (late)
  2. Voting Members Absent : Hannah Berman-Schneider
  3. Non-Voting Members Present : Jennifer Esquivel-Parker for Christina Brown, Janice Dils
  4. Non-Voting Members Absent : Christina Brown.
  5. Visitors : Brittany Santos-Derieg, Abbey Reuter, guest user, Donald K, Max Johnson, guest


It was moved and seconded to approve the Board of Directors agenda, as attached.

Bella – Yes          Armando – Yes        Antonio - Yes
Victor - Yes        Reece - Yes               Abigail - Yes
Crystal - Yes       Ashley - Yes             Dr. Wood - Yes

                                                                                         CARRIED (9-0-0)


It was moved and seconded to approve the Board of Directors meeting minutes of 7/27/20, as attached.

Bella – Yes            Armando – Yes           Antonio - Yes
Victor - Yes           Reece - Yes                 Abigail - Yes
Crystal - Yes         Ashley - Yes                  Dr. Wood - Yes

                                                                                         CARRIED (9-0-0)



  1. Business and Financial Affairs Designee: Jessica Rentto reported on the following:
    1. Continuing with our efforts for the repopulation for the fall. Held a series of workshops with divisional and college leaders to prepare plans. There are plans set
      by the State and the County for businesses to reopen with the new guidance for the institutions of higher education. The efforts are focused on the health and safety of the campus community. We are trying to minimize the density of campus while ensuring the operations necessary to support students are available. We would like to ensure students who need in-person support will have access to resources in a safe way. Working to have a smooth roll out for the fall semester.
    2. Continue to put effort in the budget realities of the fiscal year and the next several years with the state budget. Looking at ways to mitigate budget costs. Utilizing different measures to balance the university’s base budget. In addition, there are revenue generating efforts, to include increasing summer enrollment, developing summer high school academies, increasing non-resident enrollment, and exploring
      corporate partnerships. Exploring and developing an ‘Early Exit Program’ for retirement-eligible faculty/staff to incentivize them, as a way to lower salary cost as opposed to lay-offs. Still in the early stages of this program.
  2. University President’s Designee :
    1. Dr. Wood yielded time to Brittany Santos-Derieg, SDSU President’s Chief of Staff, who reported on the following:
      1. The Governor’s guidelines for institutions of higher education were announced on Friday. As a summary, the guidelines align with the current SDSU Flex plan. There are also improvements on contact tracing. There is a COVID-19, a San Diego County testing site on campus in parking lot 17B off of Alvarado Road. Students can also visit Student Health Services to be tested, as well. There will be a robust communications plan about this as we get closer to the start of classes. Very pleased that the SDSU Flex plan is 99% compliant with the guidelines for the institutions of higher education and we are making final modifications.
      2. Explained that because of the uncertainty of State financial support for higher education, SDSU must be creative in their revenue generating streams. SDSU Mission Valley generates revenue to pay for itself, and to generate revenue to pay for the academic operation. It allows SDSU to grow enrollment, grow corporate and public partnerships, like with the County of
        Public Health. There is a Tiger Team regarding revenue generating strategies, if you are interested. Dr. Luke Wood is the chair.
    2. Dr. J. Luke Wood, Vice President of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity, reported on the following:
      1. The Barron Veterans Center has transitioned over from Academic Affairs to Student Affairs, to help elevate and expand the work from the center. Will refer to SDSU as “We are a Hispanic-serving institution and a military veterans serving institution that resides on Kumeyaay land.”
      2. The Compact Scholars program and the CSU Early Assessment program have been merged with Compact for Success, as part of the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity.
      3. Some of you have received email communication regarding an invitation to serve on the committees for the SDSU Strategic Plan. If there is a particular implementation committee that you would like to serve on, please let Christian know. We would like to have ample student representation for the plan.
      4. The Juneteenth newsletter included the goals of establishing a ‘principles of community’ statement for our campus ie. how to create an environment of open communication, inclusion and what does it mean to be a part of this community. As we move into the fall, we will be looking into this effort and will keep the board updated.


  1. General Consent Agenda (Action): None.
  2. General Consent Report (Information): The general consent report was reviewed, as attached.
  3. Student Against Surveillance Coalition Letter – Abbey Reuter, Associated
    Students UCSD Vice President of Local Affairs (Information): Abbey presented a proposed letter to the San Diego City Council to support the ordinances advocated for by the TRUST SD Coalition regarding privacy and public surveillance. Abbey is encouraging the A.S. BOD to sign the proposed letter, as well.
  4. 20/21 Vision and Goals (Information): Christian explained “The Concept of One”, the theme for the school year. The executive officers reviewed their goals for the academic year 2020-21.
  5. A.S. Appointments (Action): The board reviewed the A.S. appointments.
    It was moved and seconded to approve the A.S. appointments.

    Bella – Yes      Armando – Yes      Antonio - Yes      Jessica - Yes
    Victor - Yes    Reece - Yes             Abigail - Yes
    Crystal - Yes   Ashley - Yes           Dr. Wood - Yes

                                                                                             CARRIED (10-0-0)


VII.  CLOSED SESSION (Closed to Non-Members): None.


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


  1. President: Christian Holt reported on the following:
    1. Congratulations to the Board of Directors for their respective appointments to the Campus Life Council and the University Council. The execs and I are here to assist as a resource. We are here for you!
  2. Executive Vice President: Bella Martelino reported on the following:
    1. Met with all the Campus Life Council representatives individually to discuss goals.
    2. Homecoming – met with SDSU Athletics and will be meeting with Veronica Perondi, A.S. Assistant Director of Programs, this week regarding homecoming.
    3. A.S. Expo – There will be “Welcome Weeks” this year, instead of a singlE week. “We are SDSU” is the theme. There will be more information to come.
    4. A.S. Retreat will be held 8/16-8/18 virtually. Excited to see you there!
  3. Vice President of External Relations : Armando Sepulveda reported on the
    1. Meeting with CSU San Marcos regarding Rock the Vote.
    2. Will be updating the Rock the Vote website pretty soon.
    3. Creating a Discord channel for the A.S. webpage, if anyone would like to assist.
  4. Vice President of Financial Affairs : Victor Penera reported on the following:
    1. Aztecs Rock Hunger (ARH) Update: As a reminder, the official campaign dates are 9/28-10/18. Our goal will be promoted on Instagram soon. Currently working how to outreach to RSOs and the Alumni this year. The ENGAGE program is currently being developed. It is a program for those who were not selected to the ARH Leadership Team, and gives them an opportunity to attend workshops and leadership development training sessions, and to communicate about the ARH campaign information.
    2. Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT): collaborating with them to promote legal services.
    3. Financial Affairs Committee (FAC): I will be making appointments in the next couple of weeks.
  5. Vice President of University Affairs: Crystal Sanchez reported on the following:
    1. Shout out to Joyce, Abi, and Ashley for assisting with the resource guide.
    2. More of my report to come at the next meeting.
  6. Executive Director: No report.


  1. Reece Breuckman , Student-At-Large: None.
  2. Ashley Tejada, Student-At-Large: Working on different ideas for the internal A.S. newsletter for A.S. student leaders. Will seek feedback. Would like to include content regarding opportunities for attending different RSO events and resources to fulfill Council member duties and other highlights within A.S. to promote.
  3. Abigail Tamayo, Student-At-Large: None.
  4. Joyce Chen, Student-At-Large: None.
  5. Antonio Marquez, Student-At-Large: None.
  6. Hannah Berman-Schneider, Student-At-Large: None.



It was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 4:16 pm.
PENERA/SEPULVEDA                                                                CARRIED (10-0-0)


APPROVED BY: Christian J. Holt, A.S. President
PREPARED BY:  Janice Dils, A.S. Government Affairs Manager