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Senate Meeting Minutes 05/12/2023


Associated Students
Sonoma State University
AS Senate Meeting
2:00pm- Friday, May 12, 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: 2:00 pm
  2. Roll Call- Erik Dickson, Nataly Hernandez, Clayton Trent, Vanessa Sanchez, Salvador Ochoa Zalaza, Dirk Tolson and India Garcia are present.
  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. Business
    • AS Executive Director PD (ACTION)
      • Discussion- The Personnel Committee has been working to update the AS Executive Director position and revising the responsibilities, duties and any aspects of the Director and the description for the role; The responsibilities went from 30 bullet points to 28; one of the qualifications are being bilingual since SSU is a HSI;
      • Action- Senator Ochoa motioned to approve the AS Executive Director PD; Senator
        Sanchez seconded the motion; The motion passed unanimously; 
    • Award Honorary Member of the Associated Students (ACTION)
      • Discussion- President Hernandez is discussing the award as of honorary member of the AS to Erik Dickson; President Hernandez has made a resolution to award Erik as Honorary Member of the AS and reading it over;
      • Action- VPF Trent move to approve award Honorary Member of the Associated Students to Erik Dickson; Senator Tolson seconded the motion;
    • Closing Statements of the 2022/2023 Senate (Discussion)
      • Discussion- The 2022/2023 Senate is just giving the end of year remarks as the semester ends as the last Senate meeting of the Spring semester;
  5. Swearing in of the officers of the 2023/24 Associated Students Senate
  6. Call to order the 2023/2024 Associated Students Senate
  7. Roll Call- All are present;
  8. Reports
  9. Business
    • Approve the meeting schedule of the 2023/2024 AS Senate (ACTION)
      • Discussion- President Garcia is going over the Senate Schedule Meeting time for the next Fall Semester;
      • Action- Senator Sanchez moved to approve the meeting schedule of the 2023/24 AS Senate meeting schedule; VP Lopez seconded the motion; The motion passes
    • Approve the delegation of Authority to the Interim Executive Board to conduct the ED Search and appoint (ACTION)
      • Discussion- President Garcia and Senator Frickman is discussing the search of the ED and making sure there are periodic updates throughout the process;
      • Action- VPF moved to approve; Senator Sanchez seconded the motion; The motion passed unanimously;
  10. Items for the Good of the Order- FINALS WEEK IS HERE!! FINISH STRONG! Recap of AS Events; Thank you for everything and onto the new era of AS!
  11. Adjournment - The meeting was adjourned at: 2:34 pm

Posted in accordance with the Gloria Romero Open Meeting Law of 2000 by: President 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.