Wednesday, Oct. 17
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With midterms in full swing and fall break just one month away, it's safe to say we've reached the halfway point this semester. The progress made by everyone here at Long Beach State has been immeasurable, but we hope to make it as tangible as possible in the contents of these newsletters.

An example of such progress was unveiled last Monday during the opening of the Family Friendly Study Area at the University Library. A peaceful, supportive area where pregnant and parenting students can focus on their studies in a uniquely accepting space is now available.

The fight for equality continued last week as several student leaders, including myself, attended the President's Commission on the Status of Women. We discussed our goals for increasing resources for women on campus and the importance of October, domestic violence awareness month, for all students. Several events throughout the month serve to de-stigmatize the conversation about domestic abuse and encourage survivors to seek support. I urge any interested students to attend these events, which can be learned about here .

Advancements towards Beach 2030, a 2-year initiative that will foster an adaptable, forward-thinking environment at Long Beach State, have been heavily emphasized recently. Today, your ASI Senators will receive a presentation on the progress and implementation of Beach 2030, as well as information on how students can get involved in the actualization of this noble vision. With our combined ambition, nothing can stop the progress of Beach 2030.
Mondays - 3:30 p.m. (USU 234)

Last Monday, the President's Cabinet met to discuss their relationship with the press and hear reports from Commissioners. The following items were discussed:
  • ASI Chief Diversity Officer Sean Aquino discussed his meeting with Beach Pride Events in which they discussed the Boot Camp event.
  • ASI President Genesis Jara reported on updates regarding the new family friendly area of the library.
  • ASI Chief Government Relations Officer Bryanna Siguenza provided detailed regarding mail-in ballots and the new ballot drop-off location on campus.
  • ASI Senior Communications Manager James Ahumada gave the cabinet a press briefing in order to guide the members on proper correspondence with media outlets.

The following reports were heard:
  • Commissioner Citlalli Ortiz reported on her continued efforts to aid students with DACA renewals and advocate on behalf of undocumented students at meetings and fundraisers.
  • Commissioner Evelyn Wynn discussed meetings and details on an upcoming essay contest.
  • Commissioner Bomi Lim was absent; Chief Diversity Officer Sean Aquino reported on the International Photo Contest, an event for voting and an ASI Scholarship opportunity for International Students.
  • Commissioner Vivian Napoles discussed the continuing events of OUTober and a meeting with Zaya Mejia, Trans Health Coordinator at Center in Long Beach to discuss trans resources.
  • Commissioner Chloe Olvera discussed her planned attendance at Project OCEAN's QPR Training and other meetings as well as her continuing work with Commissioner Napoles on housing issues.

For more information on the cabinet, check out their web page here.
Tuesdays - 3:30 p.m. (USU 234)

La st Tuesday, the Board of Control (BOC) awarded funds to:
  • Phi Pham and Melissa Bitner on behalf of Physical Education Teacher Education @ The Beach for traveling expenses in order to attend the National Adapted Physical Education Conference.
  • Maxwell LaForest for airfare and conference fees in order to attend the Society for Neuroscience 2018 Annual Meeting.
  • Ellyse Scott for airfare and conference fees in order to attend the 46th Annual National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Conference.

To learn more, check out BOC agendas and minutes  here.
Thursdays - 2:30 p.m. (USU 234)

The Lobby Corps met last Thursday to discuss their continued efforts to drive voter registration on-campus. They also discussed the planning of their big event that will take place on Oct. 18.

The body discussed the viability of several propositions that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. The pros and cons of each measure were weighed by Student-At-Large Reylayn Villegas.

To learn more, check out the Lobby Corps' website  here.
Wednesdays - 3:30 p.m. (USU 234)

Last Wednesday, the Senate met to vote on the following:
  • SR #2019-04 – Support Increased Voter Turnout – PASSED
  • This resolution passed unanimously. Its purpose is to open up a platform for students to address the restrictions they experience on Election Day and discuss how ASI can resolve them.

The following reports were heard:
  • ASI Chief Diversity Officer Sean Aquino reported on updates regarding Conscious Collections, methods for increasing ASI’s social media presence and advocacy for AB540/Undocumented students.
  • ASI President Genesis Jara reported on food donations, scholarships, collaboration with Now This, events and attendance at meetings and conferences.
  • ASI Vice President Leen Almahdi reported on successful collaboration with the 49er Shops, the expansion of resources for pregnant and parenting students and donations to the Beach Pantry.
  • ASI At-Large Senators reported on contact with their constituents, successful collaboration with several organizations, updates on projects, meetings, events and continued student advocacy within their respective colleges.

The following public comments were heard:
  • Precious Padilla raised concerns regarding voter mobilization on campus. Suggested a recess from classes on Election Day in order to encourage students to vote.
  • Chris Chavez brought attention to the importance of bone marrow donations and participation in the national bone marrow registry. Advocated for the Be the Match club on campus in order to increase the diversity and amount of bone marrow donors. 

To learn more about the Senate, visit their web page here.
Wednesdays - 3:30 p.m. (USU-234)
Action Items:
  • PA #2019-18: Confirmation of (1) Commissioner for Disability Affairs - Samantha Brown

  • ASI President Genesis Jara - Time Certain 3:45 p.m.
  • ASI Treasurer Jesse Luna - Time Certain 3:50 p.m.
  • ASI Chief Government Relations Officer Bryanna Siguenza - Time Certain 3:55 p.m.
  • ASI Commissioner for Environmental Justice Evelyn Wynn - Time Certain 4 p.m.
  • ASI Commissioner for Cultural Affairs Daniella Hernandez
  • ASI College Senators
ASGV Senate Chambers USU