ASUSF Senate Meetings

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The ASUSF Senate holds meetings every Wednesday from 5–7 p.m. in the Berman Room at Fromm Hall . This is the perfect opportunity to hear your senators address their latest work. Get involved with your USF community and be heard!

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  • At the first meeting of the year, ASUSF Senate reviewed senator expectations and solidified communications and time commitment logistics. The team then heard a presentation from Julie Orio, Vice President of Student Life. She gave an administration overview and spoke about the hiring process for vacant positions. She also spoke about recent updates and decisions the university came to in preparation for the 2022 - 2023 academic year. After the presentation and discussion, the executive board informed senators that committees would begin next week. August 24 Agenda | August 24 Minutes

  • Senate heard from Jada and Krystel from CFCC, the Culturally-Focused Clubs Council. They spoke about their organization's theme this year which is Radical Inclusivity and how it affects how they interact and uplift the different cultural organizations on campus. After a brief break, Senate discussed upcoming goals regarding the Involvement Fair and Dons Elections. The executive board also announced resolution workshop and outreach plans, which came out of senator reflections from Fall Training. August 31 Agenda | August 31 Minutes

  • The team heard from fellow senator, Dmitry Gorozhankin, as he presented his Night Caps Initiative to promote party safety. Senators gave him feedback regarding next steps and more outreach. The guest speaker this week was Marci Nunez, Director of Student Leadership and Engagement. She gave an overview of the department and spoke about upcoming events, such as the Doubleheader Chase Center Event in collaboration with the university's basketball teams. September 7 Agenda| September 7 Minutes

  • This week during Open Forum, Senator Zoe Wang asked the group about their thoughts on the current attendance policy to get feedback for a potential resolution. Kahanu Salavea was invited to speak on the USF Food Pantry. He spoke about the programs establishment, expansion, and objectives. He also expressed a need for creative ideas to support the increased number of students relying on the Food Pantry. The meeting adjourned early to accommodate filming a marketing video in collaboration with USFtv. September 14 Agenda| September 14 minutes

  • Senate heard a presentation given by the Title IX interns about REPS, which stands for Resource, Education, Prevention and Support. REPS aims to end sexual violence on campus through connecting students to resources, educating the community, preventing/intervening in disrespectful situations, and providing support to one another. ASUSF Senate and REPS brainstormed ways they could support each other this academic year to foster a safer and more transparent community. September 21 Agenda | September 21 minutes

  • This week the freshman representative candidates came in and spoke about their goals and experiences at USF so far. Senators Wang, Smagulova and Glancy all presented their senator reports. Topics they're working on include; the USF Food Pantry, international student employment, a clothing swap initiative, a committee member referendum and constituency outreach! After the General Senate passed funding requests from Kasamahan and the International Students Association. September 28 Agenda | September 28 Minutes

  • Senate's own VP of Finance, Nadine Tabucao, gave a brief presentation on the Student Activity Fee and facilitated an open discussion with the team on options regarding the future of the fee. Senator Johal and VP of Marketing & Communication, Jasleen Dhillon, presented the Kirpan Resolution for its first reading and feedback. The first Senator of the Month award was given to Senator Wang. October 5 Agenda | October 5 Minutes

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  • For the first Spring 2022 meeting, the team discussed the potential change to virtual programs for commencement. The team then conversed with guest speakers, Susan and Nathan, about the event for Day of the Dons. The team was then discussed the open positions on Senate and approved a budget request. The meeting ended with a few announcements of events happening on campus and the application deadline for Senate positions. January 26 Agenda | January 26 Minutes
  • The Senate discussed the open positions on the team and recruitment before applications closed. Guest speaker, Julie Orio, spoke on behalf of Student Life. Orio discussed current COVID-19 protocols, projects Student Life if working on, the search for a Senior Director for CAPS, and Public Safety. Then the Senate discussed SB 851, which would advocate for an increase in the Cal-grant. Senate also discussed and voted on the approval of opening a financial account for Community for Inclusive Living, as well as, Undocumented Migrant Association. The meeting closed on a discussion of inviting Provost Oparah and several announcements. February 2 Agenda | February 2 Minutes
  • February 9 Agenda | February 9 Meeting Cancelled
  • The Senate approved the Hui O' Hawaii and the Kasamahan budget requests. Avneet Johal was interviewed and then approved to be the Student of Color Representative. President Castro then presented the first resolution of this year. VP Resayo presented the plans with the GIFT Fund and the meeting was adjourned after several announcements. February 16 Agenda | February 16 Minutes
  • February 23 Agenda
  • Tabling for Dons Elections occurred on March 2nd
  • The Senate approved a travel funding request for Tri Delta. Guest Speaker Provost Chinyere Oparah first acknowledged the loss of USF student Chris Liang before updating the team of the current tasks of her team. Provost Oparah informed the Senate of the approval of the Strategic Plan and further discussed mental health coping strategies. Afterwards, VPIA Lovepreet Dhinsa inducted Student of Color Representative Avneet Johal, College of Arts and Sciences Representative Sidney Tran, Senior Class Representative Sarah Ali, and Student Wellness Representative Anant Gorthi. VPIA Dhinsa then introduced the Title IX Referendum. The Title IX Referendum would establish the Title IX Resources, Education, Prevention, and Support (REPS) Representative as a permanent position on ASUSF Senate. After discussion, senators briefly informed the rest of the team of their current tasks and goals before the end of the semester. The meeting was adjourned after general announcements. March 9th Agenda | March 9th Minutes
  • The Title IX Referendum was approved by the Senate. VPA Angelo Resayo presented information on the ACUI Conference he attended during spring break. After the presentation, senators were asked to begin their transition documents for the next team. The senators were also encouraged to promote and/or run for dons elections. Deadlines for tasks and resolutions were announced before the meeting adjourned. March 23rd Agenda | March 23rd Minutes
  • VPA Angelo Resayo presents a reviews the policies and procedures with the Senate. Several resolutions were then discussed with the team for feedback and support. Upcoming deadlines were then announced to the team and the meeting was adjourned. March 30th Agenda | March 30th Minutes
  • The Kirpan Resolution and the Halal Resolution were presented to the Senate. Senators were requested to table for Earth Day and Dons Elections. Afterwards, the financial accounts for United Students for Veterans' Health, Hive Minders, and Japanese Student Association were discussed, voted, and approved. April 13th Agenda | April 13th Minutes
  • The CSO Budget for the 2022-2023 Academic Year was presented to the Senate, the Halal Resolution was voted on and approved, and the timeline for the rest of the year was announced. The meeting was adjourned shortly after several announcements. April 20th Agenda | April 20th Minutes
  • April 27th Agenda
  • As the first gathering of ASUSF Senate, the team discussed communication guidelines, responsibilities, and protocol to follow throughout the year. One the expectations were made clear, the team commenced the break period. The Senate continued to provide their availability and were asked to attend Involvement Fair. The executive board informed the senators of the current tasks being addressed as individuals and within the committees. They also announced the recruitment period for Magis.  August 25 Agenda | August 25 Minutes
  • Provost Chinyere came to discuss the changes she would like to see on campus. The Senate then discussed the logistics of Involvement Fair, such as, the location for marketing ASUSF Senate and items that will be given to students. Afterwards, the team discussed office hours and the weekly presidential updates. September 1 Agenda | September 1 Minutes
  • Guest speakers from the Culturally-Focused Clubs Council (CFCC), Metyia Phillips and Jada Commodore, spoke of the resources CFCC offers. They shared their values, themes, and idea of how CFCC and ASUSF Senate could work together. Senator Zuri announced the date for the event she organizing for SDS students. The Senate spoke of the progress in elections and then began a break period. ASUSF Senate welcomed the guest speakers from SLE: Marci Nuñez, César Delgadillo, and Jessica Alva. They spoke of the goals, current programs and clubs, resources for students, and future events for this academic year. The Referendum to Add 4 At-Large Representative Position and the Referendum to Add 2 UBAC Representative Positions  were approved by ASUSF Senate. The ASUSF Senate also discussed the SOHNP Position Description Amendments, the Truman Scholarship for Public Service, and Angelo's Speaker Series. Senators are required to submit a professional headshot and turn in their contracts. September 8 Agenda | September 8 Minutes
  • Guest Speaker, Dan Lawson, spoke on behalf of the Department of Public Safety. He informed the Senate of current plans to increase campus safety and how the Department of Public Safety is addressing the community's concerns. Then AFUSF Senate discussed, voted, and approved Model United Nations' funding request. The Freshman Representative applicants introduced themselves to the team and Jasleen Dhillon, the At-Large applicant, came in to speak to the Senators. ASUSF Senate discussed expectations for Senator Reports, elections marketing, the theme for the fall town hall, Senator of the Month nominations, weekly emails, and the date for mid-semester training. September 15 Agenda | September 15 Minutes
  • Katrina Garry from Title IX and Lisa Quach from CAPS provided an update of current programs, initiatives, resources, and processes available from both the Title IX and CAPS offices. ASUSF then talked about the voter turnout for this fall's election. Each senator then had the opportunity to provide an update on the tasks they are working on. Both Angelo and Miles were voted as September's Senators of the Month. The Senators also approved Jasleen Dhillon as the new At-Large Representative: Sikh Student Representative. Then the student organization accounts for Hockey Club and Taiwanese Club were discussed, voted on, and approved. The meeting ended with a requirement for all senators to have at least one hour of office hours in person. September 22 Agenda | September 22 Minutes
  • September 29 Agenda
  • Father Fitzgerald introduces himself as the guest speaker to the senate members. He then comments or answers any questions concerning the University of San Francisco.  October 6 Agenda | October 6 Minutes
  • Pamela Organista, the Senior Vice Provost for Equity Inclusion and Faculty Excellence, Psychology Professor, and the Co-leader of the USF Strategic Plan, was invited to ASUSF's General Senate Meeting. She spoke about the future goals and the vision of the USF Strategic Plan. Afterwards, the senate members discussed and approved American Medical Women's Association's financial account. ASUSF Senate then discussed the plan for Town Hall and proceeded to enter into a closed session. The Executive board then gave an announcement about the LME Incident and promoted the open positions on the team. October 13 Agenda | October 13 Minutes 
  • CASA was invited to inform ASUSF of the programs offered by CASA and the information gathered by the Student Success Survey. Senators then presented the progress they have achieved throughout the semester. They also shared the ongoing tasks they are currently tackling. The Senators were then informed of the expectations for Town Hall. October 20 Agenda |October 20 Minutes
  • ASUSF Senate discussed, voted, and approved the Healthcare Business Association Financial Account. November 10 Agenda | November 10 Minutes
  • Applicants for ASUSF Senator positions come to present and introduce themselves to the team. The next meeting, December 1st, will be the last formal meeting for the fall semester. November 17 Agenda | November 17 Minutes
  • ASUSF Senate discussed, voted, and approved the Senator Applicants: Anat Gorthi as Student wellness Representative, Rahul Pratap as Pre-Med Representative, and Sarah Ali as Senior Class Representative. Title IX REPS Representative applicants introduced themselves and presented to the team. Their application required a suspension of the bylaws and both Ariana Anavat and Maya Oliveros were approved for the position. Angelo Resayo also presented to the team for his application for Vice President of Advocacy. After his presentation, the team suspended the bylaws and voted to approve his position as VPA. December 1 Agenda | December 1 Minutes

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  • Sarah Chavez was inducted as the new College of Arts and Sciences Representative. The General Senate was briefed for the plans of upcoming events, reviewed training, and updated on the decision making process for the new provost. The Senate then voted to approve a new account for Immigration Reform and the Title IX Bylaws. January 27th Agenda | January 27th Minutes
  • The Senate attended a closed session for "Mental Health 101: Speaking Our Minds". They then later discussed the anti-racist initiative with guest speaker, Dr. Wardell. Dr. Wardell identified the key details on the initiatives that will be implemented over the course of several semesters. The Senate later approved the addition of a new committee chair for IA Committee. Lester Deanes then presented the idea to send out a care package to all students. February 3rd Agenda | February 3rd Minutes
  • The Senate discussed and voted on the care package request that was presented by Lester Deanes. The executive board then informed the Senate of the interview process for the VPA position and the topic for the Spring Town Hall. The meeting then entered a closed session for Valentine's Family Feud. February 10th Agenda | February 10th Minutes
  • Guest Speakers, Erin Echols & Jinni Pradhan, presented the development, process, formatting, and goals of the CDI workshops. After further discussion, Sarah Chavez became the Senator of the Month. The Senate then discussed a potential tuition increase, voted Ethan Lee-Bellows as the new VPA, and discussed further actions the senators must take before the end of the semester. February 17th Agenda | February 17th Minutes
  • Guest Speaker, Angelica Quinonez, came to speak on behalf of the University Ministry. Quinonez spoke of the changes in the University Ministry to provide increased access to programs and resources. The Senate approved applicants: Lauren Diaz, Ava Albert, and Miles Goodman. The Senate was then informed of upcoming events and other important dates. February 24th Agenda | February 24th Minutes
  • Lauren Diaz was inducted as the Gender & Sexuality Diversity Representative, Ava Albert was inducted as the Students with Disabilities Representative, and Miles Goodman was inducted as the Transfer Students Representative. The Senate approved the committee codes and Bianca Mantovani for Sophomore Class Representative. The Senate went over updates for upcoming events, dates, and accomplished goals of this semester. The meeting then entered a closed session for March Bonding. March 3rd Agenda | March 3rd Minutes
  • The Spring Town Hall was a space to discuss the Title IX Report. This event was not recorded and took place on March 10th.
  • Bianca Mantovani was inducted as the Sophomore Class Representative. The Senate then discussed the BOT event, transition documents, the referendum presented by Senator Berkelee and important dates. Lovepreet became the Senator of the Month and three resolutions were presented to the Senate: Land Recognition Resolution, The Disarmament and Reform of the Department of Public Safety Officers, and the Zoom Fatigue Resolution. March 24th Agenda | March 24th Minutes
  • The Board of Trustees were invited to have a discussion with ASUSF Senate on March 31st. March 31st Minutes
  • The Senate met with Colette Hayes and Nicky Andrews to discuss the available resources and events hosted by the Gleeson Library. Guest speaker, Karyn Schell, presented the attempts that are being made to accommodate students with disabilities in foreign language classes. The Senate also discussed, voted, and approved the UBAC Referendum, the Referendum to add 4 At-Large seats on Senate, Land Recognition Resolution, The Disarmament and Reform of the Department of Public Safety Officers, and the Zoom Fatigue Resolution.  April 7th Agenda | April 7th Minutes
  • ASUSF Senate hosted a campaigning event to get to know all of the running candidates. April 14 Agenda | April 14 Minutes
  • Guest Speakers, Jada Commodore and Metyia Phillips, discussed with Senate about opportunities for CFCC and Senate to work together. VPA Lee-Bellows informed Senate on sustainability efforts. The Senate pledges to minimize paper use in the future. The Senate held a closed bonding time session. Senator Chavez is the last Senator of the Month and the Senate Graduate Intern, Manny, accepted a job in Oregon. April 21 Agenda | April 21 Minutes
  • ASUSF Elections had a 15% voter turnout. ASUSF Senators must complete transition documents before the end of their term. Guest Speaker Katrina Garry is the new Deputy Title IX Coordinator and led a conversation on what her current goals are for USF. Vice President Ali presented the ASUSF budget to the Senate. The Resolution for Supporting Muslim Students, Exam Fund Resolution, Inclusion of Resident Ministers in Student Residence Halls, Suicide Prevention Hotline & Domestic Violence Hotline was presented to the Senate. April 28 Agenda | April 28 Minutes
  • The CSO's annual budget and the APAS resolution was approved by the Senate. The Resolution for Supporting Muslim Students, Exam Fund Resolution, Inclusion of Resident Ministers in Student Residence Halls, Suicide Prevention Hotline & Domestic Violence Hotline was approved by the Senate. May 5 Agenda | May 5 Minutes
  • Induction of the Senate team was followed by an announcement of the 2020 fall election. The  Senators discussed the current communication between organizations, the senate, and the administration. The discussion came to a halt when guest speaker, Anna Jaeger, arrived. Jaeger presented the usefulness of the updated version of the USFMobile app and the benefits of Student Hub. August 19th Agenda | August 19th Minutes
  • Senators signed-up to be involved in the Involvement Fair, reviewed and signed ISA's Statement of Empathy, and went over the Title IX task force plan before introducing guest speaker, Jess Varga. Varga informed the Senate of the process a student or employee must go through when a claim is made. She then announced the plans the Title IX office are making to meet the demands of the students and how the office implemented the new demands under federal law. The meeting ended with the Executives informing all Senators of the Instagram posts being made and an open opportunity for Senators to work as a Health Ambassador.  August 26th Agenda | August 26th Minutes
  • Senate reviewed the policies and finances for SLE and approved various USO accounts. Senators also approved the amendments to the bylaws and committee codes made by the IA committee. Becca Muñoz is the senator of the month and guest speaker, Angeline Vuong, was introduced to the Senate. Vuong spoke of the importance of voting and explained why all USF students should vote.  September 2nd Agenda | September 2nd Minutes
  • Three resolution were presented to the senate: Regulation of the Public Safety Rounds in Residence Halls, Board of Trustees Advisory Committee, and Increase Support for the Dean's Emergency Fund. Guest speaker, Michael Tadesse-Bell, spoke of the BASE program and how it has been beneficial to USF. Following Tadesse-Bell, another guest speaker, Dan Lawson, answered various questions concerning the Department of Public Safety. The meeting concluded with updates of the financial discussion based on the Fall 2020 Census. September 9th Agenda | September 9th Minutes
  • Drew Love was inducted as the Freshman Representative. Senate then voted and approved all the resolutions presented the previous week. Senate also discussed the Pass/Fail policies the university is considering. Senate signed the "Time to Vote" letter and Senator Ethan provides updates for his work as a Health Ambassador. Guest speaker, Julie Orio, spoke on the decisions that led to remote learning and how it has affected USF. Orio provided additional feedback on the discussion for the educational format that will be taking place in the spring. ASUSF President John, then led the discussion for the search of a new Provost. September 16th Agenda | September 16th Minutes
  • Senate plans to attend a leadership conference for mid-semester training, the Academic Integrity Committee requests undergraduate student representation on the committee, and Berkelee is the Senator of the Month for September. All senators informed each other of the different tasks they have been taking on and the progress they have made on these tasks. Guest speaker, Jeff Hamrick, provided insight on the University's budget and how COVID-19 affected USF financially. September 23rd Agenda | September 23rd Minutes
  • Fiza Shaikh presented a need for Muslim representation within USF. Senate discussed the interview with Shaikh and voted to accept Shaikh as a Muslim Student At-Large Representative. Senate was informed of the Mental Health Training, discussed email etiquette towards administration, and attending the GO Team Bingo Space. Guest speakers Michael Beseda and Angelika Williams answered questions surrounding USF attendance and student financial services. The meeting ended with executives updating the senate of the different tasks the team is working on.  September 30th Agenda | September 30th Minutes
  • Fiza Shaikh was inducted into the Senate as a Muslim Student Representative. Father Paul attended the meeting to update the Senate of the decisions made and the tasks administration is working on. Then the senators reviewed the Resolution process and were tasked with creating a calendar for time management purposes. October 7th Agenda | Octob er 7th Minutes
  • The Senate voted on the amendments and bylaws for the President's Advisory Committee on the Board of Trustees. The Senators were asked to make a tik tok video of their activities as a Senator. The Senators were also invited to attend the Executive Meeting to meet with Trustee Del Santo. The Senate then attended a QPR training. October 14th Agenda | October 14th Minutes
  • The Sexual Conduct Prevention and Education Committee & the More Transparent Process for Student Nominations on the Board of Trustees Resolutions were presented to the Senate. The Senate members updated each other of the various tasks they are working on. October 21st Agenda | October 21st Minutes
  • October 28th Fall Town Hall Recording
  • The Senate approved the Sexual Conduct Prevention and Education Committee resolution, the More Transparent Process for Student Nominations on the Board of Trustees resolutions, the funding account for ASUSF Travel, and the funding account for the School of Management Honors Society. The Senate also discussed the Town Hall, social media platforms, and the search for a Deputy Coordinator. Guest Speaker, Alex Hochman, spoke on behalf of Career Services and provided great ways to build the opportunities for employment. November 4th Agenda | November 4th Minutes
  • The Senate discussed the Increased Commitment to Student, Staff, and Faculty resolution and the student experience of remote learning. Guest speakers, Shona Milazo and Sara Solloway, gave a presentation of the CASA department and shared the feedback they received from the student survey. The Senate then approved Shelly Anne Aquino for the SONHP Representative. November 11th Agenda | November 11th Minutes
  • At-Large applicants presented to the Senate and Shelly Anne Aquino was inducted into the Senate as the new SONHP Representative. Increased Commitment to Student, Staff, and Faculty resolution and the Increased Accessibility for External Mental Health Issues resolution was discussed and voted on. November 18th Agenda | November 18th Minutes
  • Olivia Williams and Dallas Williams were inducted as new At-Large member of the ASUSF Senate and Sarah Chavez was approved to be the new College of Arts and Sciences Representative. The Increased Accessibility for External Mental Health Resources Resolution was approved by the Senate. Berkelee Jimenez became senator of the month and the Executives reported the current and upcoming changes happening in both the Jesuit community and the USF community. December 2nd Agenda | December 2nd Minutes

Spring:
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Fall:
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