Meeting Minutes
Associated Students | San Diego State University


Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 3:30pm
COUNCIL CHAMBERS • CONRAD PREBYS AZTEC STUDENT UNION

I. CALL TO ORDER

Vice President of University Affairs, George Scott, called the meeting to order at 3:36 PM.  

II. ROLL CALL

  1. Voting Members Present: Christian Onwuka, George Scott, Kyla Blaylock, Angie Espinoza, Dustin Adkins (left early), Stephanie Estrada, Lee Abed, Jacob Tuchband, Fnu Mumtaz, Jacinda Molina, Jon Soden, Joe Besagno, Sean Toohey, Chloe Foreman, Josh Olson, Matthew Blake, Aaron Eppstein, Reece Breuckman, Crystal Sanchez, Christine Gotthardt, Brianne Crowther, JR Lauron, Bella Martelino.
  2. Voting Members Absent: Sophie Chance, Josh Avalos, Vicky Evans, Aidan Winter, Sara Jimenez, Jagger Gin, Jayden Mattson, Jacob Downey.
  3. Ex-Officios (non-voting) Present: Dr. Nola Butler-Byrd, Giselle Luevanos (for Christina Brown), Nikki Eliaschev.
  4. Ex-Officios (non-voting) Absent: Dr. Andrea Dooley.
  5. Visitors Present: None. 

III. MODIFICATIONS TO AGENDA

It was moved and seconded to approve today’s agenda.
ESPINOZA/BREUCKMAN                                                                                                CARRIED

IV. APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES

It was moved and seconded to approve the previous minutes.
BLAYLOCK/EPPSTEIN                                                                                                    CARRIED

V. PUBLIC COMMENT

None. 

VI. UNIVERSITY REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS

  1. University Senate Designee, Dr. Nola Butler-Byrd: 
    1. Wished everyone a great start to the new year.
    2. The statewide senate came up with a resolution to require an Ethnic Studies graduation requirement. 
    3. The SDSU Ethnic Studies graduation requirement will be in the fall catalog.
    4.  Will be continuing to work hard to implement the resolutions effectively. 
  2. University Vice President for Student Affairs Designee, Dr. Andrea Dooley: No report. 

VII. ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION

  1. General Consent Agenda (Action): 
    It was moved and seconded to approve the General Consent Agenda.
    TUCHBAND/MUMTAZ                                                                                           CARRIED
  2. General Consent Report (Information): The general consent report was reviewed, as attached.
  3. Academic Report Update (Information): 
    1. The Social Science Research Lab (SSRL) will be in charge of administering the Academic Report survey and analyzing the data.
    2. The launch date for the Academic Report survey has moved to February 24th.
    3. George and Giselle are working to create marketing materials and templates for social media posts.
    4. There will be a monetary incentive for college councils that receive at or above the target number of responses for the Academic Report survey from students in their colleges.
  4. Follow—up Discussion re: Spring 2020 Goals (Information): The college councils shared their goals for the semester, included as reports. 

VIII. INTRODUCTION OF NEW LEGISLATIVE MATTERS

None.

IX. REPORTS OF UNIVERSITY COUNCIL MEMBERS:

  1. George Scott, Vice President of University Affairs:
    1. Will be arranging meetings with the college councils to discuss their goals for the semester and ways to achieve them. 
    2. Reminded members that attendance is important. 
    3. Encouraged members to write down their goals as a way to hold themselves accountable.
    4. Meeting with dean of the library on Friday. Encouraged members to send him any comments or concerns that he can bring up during the meeting. 
    5. Will be meeting monthly with the Provost about the A.S. 2019-2020 Academic Report and high-impact learning practices available to certain majors.
  2. Christian Onwuka, President:
    1. The Presidential Taskforce has drafted a Good Samaritan Policy that allows for students to anonymously report incidences to the University Police.
    2. The Division of Students Affairs and the Division of Diversity and Innovation and will be combining to become one division. 
    3. Met with Counseling and Psychological Services staff to discuss their marketing plan for the additional fees for Counseling and Psychological Services that will begin in fall 2020. 
    4. Two cultural identity centers are opening this semester. Excited to see their programming.
    5. Was asked to be the closing speaker at the SDSU Leadership Summit. Encouraged members to reach out to him if they are interested in participating in the A.S. Panel.
  3. Kyla Blaylock, Executive Vice President:
    1. Planning for the Aztec Achievement Awards (AAAs). 
    2. Looking for students who would like to be a part of the awards committee. Meetings are every Wednesday at 2:00 pm in Government Affairs conference room. 
    3. This past Friday was the second University Diversity Institute. 
    4. Spoke to Athletics about students having difficulty getting tickets to basketball games and they are working on changing the mobile ticketing process.
  4. Angie Espinoza, Vice President of External Relations: 
    1. Happy Black History Month!
    2. The California Higher Education Student Summit (CHESS) application is out.
    3. Working on a collaboration with the San Diego Police Department to create programming for ‘Take Back the Week’ that will discuss sexual violence and ways to seek justice within the justice system.
    4. Collaborating with the Undocumented Resource Area and San Diego Police Department to address issues that affect undocumented students on campus.
    5. Working on a plan of action to support undocumented students on CSU campuses as the CSSA Undocumented Student Lead for when the Supreme Court rules on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in June. 
    6. The CSSA has decided to write a letter of opposition to the Department of Education’s proposed changes to Title IX. 
    7. Inviting cultural organizations to talk about environmental racism in collaboration with Green Love. 
    8. Jacob Alvarado Waipuk is the SDSU tribal liaison. This is a new role.
    9. Latinx Resource Center opening is February 20th at 1:00 pm.
    10. Will be lobbying with the CSU Board of Trustees against the proposal for a 2020-2021 tuition increase.
    11. Deadline to register to vote is less than two weeks away, on February 17th.
  5. Dustin Adkins, Vice President of Financial Affairs: 
    1. The A.S. Food Pantry will be piloting ‘food nudging’ to help students choose healthy options. 
    2. A.S. funding is still available for Registered Student Organizations (RSOs). Encouraged the college councils to apply for this funding and to encourage their RSOs to apply as well.
    3. Will continue to work with parking this semester.
    4. Attending the California Higher Education Basic Needs Alliance 2020 Summit this week.
  6. Christina Brown, Executive Director, Giselle reported on her behalf:
    1. Christina will be attending the California Higher Education Basic Needs Alliance 2020 Summit this week.
  7. Stephanie Estrada, ASBOD Student-at-Large:
    1. The amount for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Scholarship has been decided. Excited for collaboration between EOP and A.S. 
    2. Working on the A.S. Maintenance Workers Appreciation Day.
  8. Lee Abed, ASBOD Student-at-Large:
    1. SDSU Hillel event, L’Dough v’Dough, is this Sunday from 11:00-1:00 pm. Holocaust survivors will be speaking at the event. 
  9. Sophie Chance, ASBOD Student-at-Large:
    1. No report. 
  10. College of Arts and Letters: 
    1. Planning for the Speaker Series.
    2. Working on the CAL and PSFA joint event. 
  11. College of Business:
    1. Planning a CBC Expo on February 18th at Scripps Cottage.
    2. Working on finalizing the awards for the Business Achievement Awards Ceremony in April. Date TBD. 
    3. Will be voting for the Vice President of Communications next Wednesday.
    4. Goals for the semester include to: increase communication between business organizations, continue to update the calendar, to host a luncheon with the president, and to win council of the year.
  12. College of Education:
    1. Working on planning for future events.
    2. Goals for the semester include: creating a sense of community, increasing communication between organizations, increasing marketing efforts, and increasing attendance at events. 
  13. College of Engineering:
    1. ‘Quest for the Best’ sign-up deadline is February 17th.
    2. Panel series for aerospace engineers on February 23rd.
    3. Organizing a team for the Dance Marathon. 
    4. Goals for the semester are to improve communications and to present to more companies. 
  14. College of Health and Human Services:
    1. Spring Career Internship Fair is February 12th and 13th.
    2. Introducing the new representatives to the council. 
    3. Goals for the semester are to make a calendar, stay organized, and provide aid to the community by hosting more volunteering events. 
    4. Excited to have won Aztecs Rock Hunger (ARH)!
  15. College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts: 
    1. Josh and Vicky will not be able to attend UC meetings due to a class conflict. 
    2. Goals for the semester are to involve and engage the organizations and to require organizations to present about themselves at a meeting. 
    3. CAL and PSFA are having a joint event on February 20th. Guest speakers from both colleges will attend. 
    4. Working on promotional materials for the A.S. Expo on February 17th. 
  16. College of Sciences:
    1. Planning for the ‘Discover your Dream’ event and changing the format to include breakout sessions for each speaker. 
    2. Goals for the semester include: outreach, organization, philanthropy, and community.
  17. Graduate Student Association: No representative.
    1. Tabled to next meeting. 
  18. Undeclared College:
    1. ‘Guest Talk and Free Food!’ event on Thursday in Scripps Cottage from 3:30-5:00 pm and Friday in Tehuanco from 3:00-4:30 pm. 
    2. First meeting of the semester is this week. Meetings are open to majors and non-majors.
    3. The goal for the semester is to continue to outreach to first and second-year students. 
  19. Imperial Valley Campus:
    1. No report. 

X. ANNOUNCEMENTS

None. 

 XI. ADJOURNMENT

It was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.
ABED/ESTRADA                                                                                                                   CARRIED

Vice President of University Affairs, George Scott, adjourned the meeting at 4:46 pm.

APPROVED BY: George Scott, Executive Vice President 

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