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SDSU Welcome Back Fall 2020 video transcript


Text: Adela De La Torre, President of San Diego State University

Adela de la Torre: Hello SDSU family!
I am Adela de la Torre, President of San Diego State University.

Text: J. Luke Wood, Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity

Luke Wood: Hello everyone! My name is Luke Wood, and I serve as Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity.

Text: Christian Holt, Associated Students President

Christian Holt: And I am Christian Holt, YOUR Associated Students President.

Adela de la Torre: We are excited to welcome you home! These are challenging times, but we are Aztecs, and will get through them together. We are committed to your success and to ensuring that you have an exceptional experience at SDSU.

Luke Wood: And we are here to support you. This year will be full of rich and diverse opportunities to learn, grow, develop and engage.

Christian Holt: You can start by joining an A.S. board, committee or commission. Our student government is a key part of SDSU’s unique and thriving shared governance. Visit to learn more.

Text: Bella Martelino, A.S. Executive Vice President

Bella Martelino: We are SDSU! Don’t miss the events and virtual programs running throughout the semester. Connect with new friends outside a classroom setting at Welcome Weeks, Aztec Nights, A.S. and student org expos -- all happening these first few weeks back to school!

Text: Victor Penera, A.S. Vice President of Financial Affairs

Victor Penera: While things may be different, there’s so much to look forward to! Let’s beat the odds and reach another record-breaking year for our annual Aztecs Rock Hunger food drive. Our fellow students need us now more than ever!

Text: Armando Sepulveda II, A.S. Vice President of External Relations

Armando Sepulveda II: And help make San Diego State's voice known in this year's election! 2020 has so much at stake, so whether you are in California or Minnesota, get ready to Rock the Vote!

Text: Crystal Sanchez, A.S. Vice President of University Affairs

Crystal Sanchez: Welcome back to San Diego State University! We are all in this together. Your student experience is what you make it and we are here to advocate for you no matter where you are.

Christian Holt: Stay safe and stay healthy. We will see you all soon!

Text: Welcome Home

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Fellow Students, 

It is an honor to serve as your Associated Students President. I write this letter to update you on plans for the new academic year and fall 2020 semester. 

It has been five months since the COVID-19 pandemic shifted us into primarily virtual instruction. As we enter the fall semester with the SDSU FLEX plan, we recognize that, yes, this semester will be unlike any we have experienced before. It is, however, filled with the opportunity to bring students and the entire SDSU community together in ways we had not envisioned. We are learning a lot about ourselves and we are continually reminded of our strength, resilience and compassion, both as individuals and as a community.

Each student and member of the SDSU community is affected differently by the pandemic. Some have experienced discrimination. Some are experiencing economic shortfalls. Others have lost loved ones to COVID-19, or have been ill and are recovering. 

It is up to each of us to protect the members of our community and wear a facial covering and participate in proper physical distancing while out in public. It is important to help stop the spread of COVID-19 so that we can move back to a state of normalcy.

At Associated Students, we lead with courage and heart. We will continue to show students, faculty and staff through our actions that Associated Students is here for students, cares about students and advocates for students.

SDSU is special. At this university we continue to have a thriving form of shared governance, which is exemplified through our A.S. Councils and university decision making committees. It is a quality that places SDSU at the forefront of higher education because it allows students, faculty, staff and administration to collaborate to accomplish more. This has never been more evident than in this moment as we, together, lead the university through some of the most challenging times due to the pandemic, racism and economic downturn. This is true not just in SDSU’s 123 year old history, but in overall history.

This year, Associated Students is adopting the theme of the Concept of One — that all it takes to change someone’s life forever is one hello, one conversation and one action. This can play out in many ways from a single invitation to join a student organization meeting over Zoom to attending one virtual event with hundreds of fellow students. The Concept of One is essentially everyday leadership in action, and we invite you to join us. It is truly that one kind gesture that you give a friend or stranger that can make a life-changing impact on them. This year, the Concept of One is more important than ever.

I would also like to share some Associated Students, and SDSU programs and services for the year:

Associated Students Programs

Aztec Recreation Center Expansion and Renovation

We are continuing the renovation and expansion of the Aztec Recreation Center, which is being designed to achieve the highest sustainability certification: LEED double platinum. The new ARC will be completed by Fall 2021. Currently, Aztec Recreation is offering virtual and outdoor health and wellness activities. 

Aztecs Rock Hunger

Another key initiative for A.S. will be helping SDSU students with their basic needs, including food insecurity, through the A.S. Food Pantry and Aztecs Rock Hunger, which is the annual campus food drive. With your generosity, we collected over 601,000 pounds of food during last year’s Aztecs Rock Hunger. Additionally, 20% of the monetary donations, a total of $19,000, went to the SDSU Economic Crisis Response Team to assist SDSU students experiencing food or housing insecurity, or unforeseen financial crises. The Aztecs Rock Hunger collection also provides food, including fresh produce, for the A.S. Food Pantry, which provides food in the Student Union on Wednesdays and Thursdays as well as a new drive-thru option for students on Fridays. This year, the Aztecs Rock Hunger food drive is more critical than ever, and I know we will come together for this important initiative running Sept. 28 - Oct. 18.

Rock the Vote

Another critical initiative is A.S. Rock the Vote, which strives to increase civic engagement by getting all SDSU students involved in the 2020 election by registering students to vote, providing students access to information about candidates and ballot measures and encouraging our community to vote.

Your Voice Matters

Associated Students Services

Additionally, please find helpful campuswide event and support resources, including:


Campus Re-Entry and Hours Information

Technology Concerns

Economic and Food Insecurity Resources

COVID-19 Prevention and Resources

San Diego State University is following the guidelines of county, state and federal public health officials and other authorities as it continues its academic and research mission during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please do your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by maintaining 6 ft. of physical distancing and wearing a facial covering while on campus.

Welcome back! We look forward to collaborating with you and our entire SDSU community to make this a special and meaningful year.


Christian J. Holt



April 16, 2020


Hello Fellow Students, 


I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well. These continue to be uncertain times with unprecedented circumstances. As your A.S. President, I wanted to share current information and resources to assist you at this time. 

A.S. Resources and Programs

A.S. has moved its operations completely virtual. A.S. leaders, A.S. staff, myself and other student leaders continue to work remotely in order to serve and assist you. I am happy to inform you of continuing services and programs that A.S. is offering. 

A.S. Government Affairs

All A.S. boards, councils, commissions and college councils will continue to host public meetings throughout the entire month of April via Zoom. To review agendas and to get Zoom links to attend meetings, go to:

A.S. Appointed Positions

There are 21 available appointed A.S. positions. The deadline to submit your application is 4 pm on Thursday, April 16. Applications can be submitted to To request an application and to learn more about the open positions, visit

Your Voice Matters

We at A.S. always want to hear from you. In these unprecedented times, many of you are eager to share your thoughts, questions and concerns with us. We continue to advocate for the best interest of students. Please submit any comments through the Your Voice Matters link. We will look into your questions and concerns and if requested, we will get back to you with a response. 

Legal Services

We continue to proudly offer SDSU students access to free legal consultations. For more details and to get started, visit the Free Legal Services at:

A.S. Virtual Programming

The A.S. Aztec Student Union Board and Aztec Recreation Center (ARC) have planned weekly virtual events and programming for you to have fun and connect with other students. Programs include daily workouts, exercise tips, esports, tasty tutorials, musical performances hosted by The Backdoor Studio and more! We are also hosting an esports league that will continue to have sessions through summer. You can find these resources on the A.S. website and Aztec Recreation website. We also encourage you to follow A.S. on Facebook and @as_sdsu, @aztecunion and @aztecrecreation on Instagram to get the latest information as events and programs are announced. 


SDSU continues to monitor the evolving situation with COVID-19 and we encourage you to visit for the latest campus communications and information.

Your Health and Well-Being

Remember that your health -- including emotional, mental and physical -- and that of your loved ones is the top priority. Please note that Counseling and Psychological Services is still available for virtual appointments and providing support to students. They have also put together self-care tips and strategies to cope during this time. Visit the CPS website for more information.

Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT)

If you or any students you know are in a financial, housing or food insecurity crisis at this time, please contact ECRT. They are also providing students with technology assistance at this time. Do not hesitate to contact ECRT if assistance is needed. 


As we are all adjusting to virtual instruction, we must continue to ensure our academic success by continuing to turn in assignments and take exams. We encourage you to communicate in a timely and direct manner with your instructors to let them know of any challenges you are experiencing that prevent you from fully engaging in your coursework, including access to technology and health concerns of you or your loved ones. If after contacting your instructor, you still have concerns, it is recommended that you contact the department chair. If after speaking with the department chair the concern is not resolved, contact Darrell Hess, the SDSU Ombudsman at

Tuition and Fees

Based on current guidance from the CSU, tuition and mandatory campus fees will not be refunded at this time. However, A.S. is refunding Aztec Recreation Center membership fees for March and not charging membership fees until the facility reopens. Additionally, SDSU Children’s Center fees were prorated for March and are not being billed until the facility reopens. 

For housing, students are also being reimbursed for the prorated amount of residence hall payments. For parking, students may apply to receive partial reimbursement  for semester parking passes. 

For more information regarding tuition and fees, visit the A.S. Financial Affairs Committee webpage.

If I missed any of your concerns or questions, please submit them through Your Voice Matters or if A.S. and I can assist with any matters, please email me directly at

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Continue to take good care. Stay safe and know that we at A.S. are here for you. 



Christian L. Onwuka, A.S. President 
On behalf of A.S. Executive Officers



Update April 17, 2020: Credit/No Credit Grading Options

Recognizing the challenges many students face both personally and academically during these times, A.S. leaders strongly advocated for the university to expand the option to take all courses for a letter grade or credit/no credit. On April 16, 2020, the University Senate voted to expand current credit/no credit grading options. Students should reach out to their respective academic departments to ask about their credit/no credit grading options.


Message From A.S. Executive Officers

March 20, 2020


Dear Associated Students Community,

We hope everyone is doing as well as can be during these times. Everyone’s safety, health and well-being is the top priority at this time.

SDSU continues to monitor the evolving situation with COVID-19 and we encourage you to visit for the latest campus communications and information.

A.S. facilities, including the Aztec Student Union and Aztec Recreation Center, are no longer open to the public following the latest COVID-19 guidance.

Regular A.S. meetings, including college councils, will pause and resume virtually after spring break. We will keep you posted as we learn more about future plans for other A.S. events and activities.

Though the physical A.S. office is not open, we are still here virtually teleworking to help and support you. All A.S. executive officers continue to advocate for all students’ best interests.

If you or any students you know are in a financial or other crisis at this time, please contact the Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT). They are assisting students virtually at this time.

Additionally, ECRT has provided a list of General Resources and Food Resources available to students.

Students with any questions, concerns or who need additional support are encouraged to submit comments through Your Voice Matters. We are checking and responding to those messages regularly.

Take care of yourselves. We are here for you.

Kyla Blaylock, A.S. Executive Vice President
On behalf of A.S. Executive Officers