Wednesday, Oct. 24
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Happy Wednesday, Long Beach State! Hopefully you're all achieving success in your classes and extracurricular activities. On behalf of Lobby Corps, the executive officers and all of student government, I would like to thank all of our patriotic students that have registered to vote since the beginning of the semester. You are all part of the change that this country has been waiting for, and you should be proud of your engagement.

Last week, I attended the Graduation Initiative 2025 Symposium at San Diego State University, a conference focused on reducing barriers to four-year graduation in the Cal State system. I also attended the Cal State Student Association meeting where we discussed a resolution that would set regulations for raising administrative salaries, approved our new mission statement and discussed potential pieces of legislation that we can eventually take a stance on. Throughout the meeting, I advocated for the students of Long Beach State and established a game plan for improving the student experience at our university. If you have any questions or comments regarding issues or efforts that are happening across the CSU, please feel free to reach out to me - I would appreciate your opinions and insight to better advocate on your behalf. 

Your student leaders will continue to work diligently, and we look forward to seeing the progress of our university, both short- and long-term. Don't forget to vote!
Mondays - 3:30 p.m. (USU 234)

Last Monday, the President's Cabinet met to discuss their methods of increasing student advocacy, voter registration and more. The following reports were heard:
  • Chief Diversity Officer Sean Aquino discussed the approval of Conscious Collections for Dec. 6 and assigned commissioners to certain tasks to set-up the event.
  • Commissioner Daniella Hernandez discussed past and future events that serve to support the wide variety of cultures on campus.
  • Commissioner Karla Rodriguez reported on meetings with staff at Long Beach State in order to expand resources for pregnant and parenting students, as well as the success of the Family Friendly Study Area at the library.
  • Commissioner Kyla Sazon discussed the events of OUTober, past and future meetings, job opportunities and the need for more resources for sexual assault survivors.

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:
  • La Raza - Carolyn Vera on Navigating Mental Health
  • John Ehlers to attend the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association
  • Carlos Guijarro for the Institute of Philosophy
  • Megan Maguire to attend the 34th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Dorri Mang to attend the 104th Annual Convention of the National Communication Association
  • Luwissa Wong to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association
  • Bridget Cervelli - Making Space in Higher Education for Formerly Incarcerated Students
  • Nadia Chavez - Peer and Familial Support Among Thai College Students
  • Vanessa Hernandez - Mental Health Perceptions of Student Services Among Thai Students
  • Mauricio Martinez - Effects of Acute Resistance Training on Serum IL-6 and Estrogen Levels in Pre and Post-Menopausal Women

The following reports were heard:
  • ASI Treasurer Jesse Luna reported on a meeting with the Long Beach Credit Union to discuss financial literacy workshops.
  • ASI Executive Director Richard Haller discussed the success of fiscal training for student organizations.

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 the measures that will be on the Nov. 6 ballot. Student At-Large Mateo Maya led the presentation.

The body also discussed a potential ballot party that would take place before Election Day as a way of encouraging civic engagement.

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:
  • PA #2019-18: Confirmation of (1) Commissioner for Disability Affairs – Samantha Brown – PASSED
  • Samantha Brown was confirmed by a unanimous vote. 

The following reports were heard:
  • ASI Treasurer Jesse Luna reported on meetings and conferences and briefed the AS Senate on the status of funds and recent grants the Board of Control has awarded.
  • ASI Chief Government Relations Officer Bryanna Siguenza reported on the success of ongoing voter registration efforts and discussed upcoming events.
  • ASI Commissioner for Environmental Justice Evelyn Wynn reported on the connections she has formed on campus to promote environmental advocacy, discussed the creation of the environmental justice essay contest and established her goals.
  • Director of the Career Development Center Manuel Perez discussed Beach 2030, a strategy for the future of Long Beach State, and encouraged student engagement in the discussion surrounding it.
  • ASI Commissioner for Cultural Affairs Daniella Hernandez - ASI Vice President Leen Almahdi delivered the report on Daniella’s behalf. Daniella’s continuing participation in meetings and gatherings serve to increase advocacy for her constituents.
  • ASI College Senators reported on contact with their constituents, updates on projects, meetings, events and continued student advocacy within their respective colleges.

The following public comments were heard:
  • Steve Parker discussed how different educational strategies might improve learning outcomes at Long Beach State. Encouraged the AS Senate to investigate these methods and how they might be implemented.
  • Dr. Kenneth Kelly discussed the Basic Needs Program and CalFresh.
  • Yesenia Salguero reported on the Homecoming court application deadline and upcoming ASI events such as movie screenings, Open Mic Night, Coffee with the Dean of Engineering, the second Take a Sec with the Execs event and Love Your Body Week.

To learn more about the Senate, visit their web page here.
Wednesdays - 3:30 p.m. (USU-234)
Action Items:
  • SR #2019-04 - Support Increased Voter Turnout (3rd Reading)

  • ASI President Genesis Jara - Time Certain 3:45 p.m.
  • ASI Chief Academic Officer Emely Lopez - Time Certain 3:50 p.m.
  • ASI USU Board of Trustees Chair Maritess Inieto - Time Certain 3:55 p.m.
  • ASI Commissioner for International Student Affairs Bomi Lim - Time Certain 4 p.m.
  • Be The Match, Chinese Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator Christopher Chen - Time Certain 4:05 p.m.
  • What is Xenophobia?
  • ASI Executive Director Richard Haller
  • ASI At-Large Senators
ASGV Senate Chambers USU