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Senate Meeting Minutes 03/10/2023


Associated Students
Sonoma State University
AS Senate Meeting
1:00pm- Friday, March 10, 2023

Erin Fisher Room- Associated Students 2nd Floor Student Center

*Note: This meeting will be recorded*


  1. Call to Order & reading of the Land acknowledgement- The meeting was called to order at: 1:10pm;
  2. Roll Call- Erik Dickson, Vanessa Sanchez, Clayton Trent, Maia Madrigal, Salvador Ochoa, Haley Azevedo, Nataly Hernandez, Salvador Garcia Vigil, Bryan Burton, Victoria Lopez, India Garcia, Taneesha Porter, Gerald Jones, Dirk Tolson;
  3. Public Comment – pursuant to California Education Code 89306, the AS Senate provides this time for any member of the public to address the AS Senate on any item affecting higher education. Pursuant to California Education Code 89306(b), each speaker will be allowed no more than three (3) minutes to address the AS Senate.
  4. Liaison Report to the Senate (Discussion)
    • ​Academic Senate Designee- reported: discussed with President Hernandez for the Student Bill of Rights, including the responsibilities of students; Seawolf Bundle;
    • University President’s Designee- reported: earlier this afternoon, president emailed IT from Academic Affairs to Adminstration of Finance; Athletes from Academics to Student Affairs, allows for athletics to be a part in student life starting July 1st; new teaching era, enrollment is still a concern, Alvin Ngyuen be assigned for this new area for retention including teaching gaps and preparing a plan to be aware and prepared; all of the moves implemented starting July 1st; CAPS and student services provided services for the lockdown at the high school; despite the cases around campus, team is thriving, no waitlist; Mental Health Ambassadors planning a self care day on April 19th; Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April; Career Fair currently going(105 employers);
  5. Guests
    • ​Meredith & Bryan-Academic Master Plan Info Session- reported: Justin and Meredith and Emily discussed of the Academic Master Plan; The Academic Master Plan is a way for university, academic affairs to think and move forward and support the community including student and faculty, course scheduling and new academic programs, etc; looking for suggestions to discuss with the Provost, Karen Moranski; Provost is the head of the Academic affairs; different groups involved, student representative in some of the groups; asking for student feedback; some of the concerns that came up were: concerns of scheduling of classes, advising and taking the wrong class, new programs or majors that students would like to be interested in as they enter the campus or still going to the campus as continuing students 
  6. Reports (Discussion)
    • AS President- reported: CSU Trustee coming to campus on March 27th; if working on any resolutions, improve the communication as a group so to have enough time to plan and go over these resolutions for the following year and the current academic year; In April, there will be a Senate meeting every Friday; Midterm Season is Upon Us, relax and take care of yourselves;
    • Vice President of Finance- E1000, increase of that is $131,000 that has to be budgeted for; conversation of all budget including budget cuts will be starting in April;
    • Senator of Diversity- reported: helped with Salvador for the elections(March 13 and 14); Outreach with Biology Club, Theater Arts program professor Marie Downing looking for a spanish speaking student that can tutor her kid Spanish; Alvin Ngyuen going to Pacific Islander Higher Education Conference next couple weeks; interest form on March 17th on that Friday; reached out with Tremaine and get more involved with FASSU and BSU and the HUB as well; Academic Meeting; training for faculty for pronouns, education equality committees, discussion of course modality; HUB is a support system, not designed for microaggressions;
    • Senator of Student Resources- reported; please vote for the elections, March 13 and 14; ITEC meeting,
    • Senator of Government Affairs- Last week, attended CHESS conference with 23 CSUs, meeting with all 23, Erik and Salvador also in attendance, discussing issue of CSU systemwide, Humboldt is polytechnic, so it is now named Cal Poly Humboldt, discussing of resources of CSU; President and Senator discussed with the assembly member within the county, talking about passing bills; meeting with Mayor Samantha Rodriguez next week, discussing issues on and off campus; discussing a possibility of a town hall meeting on campus with the Mayor and President Lee;
    • JUMP Representative- JUMP Representative Lopez reported: The Days of Service: March 11 @ Rohnert Park Animal Shelter, Lobo’s Pantry March 17, Goatlandia April 8, Humane Society on April 15th, Campus Garden on April 19th, and Beach Clean Up on May 6th; Study Buddies will be starting on March 28th @ Evergreen Elementary School and March 30th @ Monte Vista Elementary(Tuesdays at Evergreen, Thursdays at Monte Vista and Evergreen); Current amount of volunteers are 4-5 volunteers per day and school; Special Olympics: the event will have its own Basketball clinic on April 15th, and use Chalk the Plaza(4/11) , Movie Screening(4/12) and Guest Speaker(4/13) to promote Special Olympics;
    • Basic Needs Representative- reported; Calfresh, budgeting workshop with CASE, contacting Cal Poly to see how they run their Calfresh program, getting information and updating information; 13 official volunteers for the LOBO pantry, food bank delivery next week; contacted Joe (runs LOBOconnect) about ID Scanners for the Pantry and demo next week forstudent information pop up; 3 Days of Week, 81 in the pantry of this week; 715 in total for semester, Clothing Drive and Fashion Swap
    • ASP Representative- 4 events; Paint And Sip, Boards and Brews, Va Va Bloom, and Bowling Nite; increase from $850 to 3,000; 14$ each student; 409 students came to the event; Next week, Smash Your Stress; After Spring Break, Lobo’s Market;
    • Children's School Representative- under 19 reviews, QRI passed; now working for end of the reviews for evaluation and grants; has been raining so it has been a little chaotic; positive feedback;
    • Student Government Representative - Elections are on March 13 and 14; debate this past Wednesday at Stevenson;
    • Executive Director- elections is next Week; very significant; reminder that Board of the Senate is the voice for AS(corporation);
  7. Business
    • Student Bill of Rights (DISCUSSION)
      • Discussion- President Hernandez discussed: Noelie Perez and President Hernandez working on Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities; thinking of splitting them into sub groups/categories; suggesting any feedback; Preamble has been written up, but this document is process of being worked on, because you do not want to rush it overall;
      • Action- The motion passes unanimously;
    • AS-CR 022.22.23 Resolution to certify the approval of the Associated Students, Inc to enter into CSPP CFA contract with the California Department of Education for the purpose of providing child care and development services. (ACTION)
      • Discussion- Vice President of Finance Trent motioned to resolution to certify the approval of the Associated Students, Inc to enter into CCTR CFA contract with the California Department of Social Services for the purpose of providing child care and development services; Senator Sanchez seconded the motion;
      • Action- The motion passes unanimously;
  8. Items for the Good of the Order: There will be Dogs on campus on Tuesday April 4th, April 19th and May 4th in Seawolf Plaza from 11-1;
  9. Adjournment- The meeting was adjourned at 2:39pm;

Posted in accordance with the Gloria Romero Open Meeting Law of 2000 by: Nataly Hernandez

The Associated Students of Sonoma State University acknowledges Indigenous Peoples as the traditional stewards of the land. Let it be acknowledged that the Associated Students and Sonoma State University is located within the traditional homelands of the indigenous peoples collectively known as Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo.