University of California, San Diego
Graduate Student Association
Council Meeting #13
Monday, May 6, 2013
6:00pm, Huerta - Philip Vera Cruz Room
I. Call to Order
II. Approval of Agenda
III. Public Comment and Announcement
- Community Awards nominations end at 11:59pm tonight and can be done online. Looking for members to sit on the committee that chooses the awardees. Awards ceremony will be on May 28th at the Loft.
- This Friday, May 10, is the Graduate Student Sociology Conference. There will be panels and Dr. Shehzad Nadeem, a professor at CUNY, will be speaking about yoga at 3:30pm.
- School of Medicine is hosting an event 5-7pm at the School of Pharmacy that involves art, poetry and beer this Friday, May 10.
IV. Presentation of Budget
- Presented by Sayanan Sivaraman (ECE rep) and Negin Nazarin (VP Finance Elect)
- There is confirmed $10,000 revenue from UCEN for graduate student programs.
- Finance committee increased funding for line items such as Free-for-All, Diversity Events, General Event Fund, General Request Fund, Early Request Fund, Family Friendly Fund, Diversity Request Fund if UCSA funding was removed.
- UCSA Discussion:
- VP External: UCSA is the official voice of undergraduate and graduate students to the UC Office of the President and the Student Regent. Recently, graduate students acquired a staff member that focuses on solely graduate student issues and rewrote election by-laws. UCOP indicated that the only way they would listen to a separate UCSA-like graduate board if all the GSA’s around the UC’s left. Recommends that, given the recent improvements for graduate students, GSAUCSD does not withdraw from UCSA.
- What are the tangible/intangible things GSA receives for their $7500 contribution?
- Can the money allocated towards UCSA be allocated elsewhere?
- UCEN’s $10,000 will help the GSA budget overall.
- The budget was approved after being amended. The GSA did not withdraw from UCSA.
V. Finance Bills
- APRF 20 for $513. Passed.
- GRF 15 for $1000. Passed.
- FFF 02 for $660. Passed.
- FFF 03 for $200. Passed.
VI. Diversity Bylaws Presentation
- These bylaws went through the bylaws committee.
- Amendment so that the VP Diversity title now reads “VP of Diversity, Service, Equity and Inclusion Affairs” throughout the bylaws.
- The position’s duties and responsibilities are now better defined.
- The amendments to the constitution, Elected and Appointed Officer bylaws were passed.
- The question was call for the amended Committee Bylaws. Council voted the bylaws down. The bylaws were amended to remove “voting.” The question was called. The bylaws passed 26-0.
- Judicial Bylaws were amended to reflect the new title and passed by unanimous consent.
VII. Additional Bylaws Presentation from Bylaw Committee
VIII. Constitutional Amendment Presentation
- Removal of dual appointments of officers as council representatives
- officers can vote if they are also department representatives, whereas officers who are not department representatives do not vote
- amended to go into effect for the 2013-2014
- motion to amend so that the removal of dual appointments would only affect elected officers, not appointed officers.
- The consitutional amendment requires a vote at this meeting and the next.
- The amendment did not pass.
- The chair would be impartial and run the council meetings according to parliamentary procedure.
- The amendment did not pass.
IX. Additional Bylaw Presentation
- Required Attendance of Officers
- Elected and appointed officers would now be subject to attendance requirements.
- The question was called and debate was closed.
- The amended bylaw did not pass.
- Adam Perusian to the Smoke-Free Campus Committee.
XI. Call for Agenda Items
- Meeting was adjourned at 7:53pm.
Members in attendance: Chris Ahn, Dan Jacobsen, Michael Yu, Shigeki Miyake-Stoner, Chris Abdullah, Jackie Ward, Holly Dembinski, Nathanial Wood-Cohan, Brie Iatarola, Roshni Chandrashekar, Sayanan Sivaraman, Jorge Leal, Yutaka Ishida, Alexandra Tracy, Simeng Zeng, Haydee Smith, Rahul Kapadia, Hossein Sadeghi, Gregory Wagner, Lindsay Freeman, Darcy Barron, Alex Mendez, Nicole Henniger, Steve Niemiec, Harrison Carter, Scott Ouellette, Lara Bullock, Mat Jarvis, Emily Elizabeth Goodman, Ash Arianpour, Don Johnson, Shannon Muir, Scott Guenther
Funds under Request
Funds remaining if requests approved
General Request Fund
Academic and Professional Request Fund
Diversity Request Fund
Family Friendly Fund
Appropriate $513 from Academic and Professional Request Fund to Donald Johnson for an Afternoon with Prof. Sophal Ear. This event is an opportunity for the campus community to become aware of the Cambodian community and the long struggle for peace, inclusion and social justice. Organizers expect at least 60 Graduate / Professional students to attend the event.
Appropriate $1,000 from General Request Fund to Antonio Gonzalez for LASO Festival. The event will be a celebration of Latin American history and culture with drinks, food and entertainment. Entertainment will include dancers and music. Organizers expect around 200-300 Graduate / Professional students to attend the event.
Appropriate $660 from Family Friendly Fund to Haydee Smith for Student Parents’ Night Out Pilot Program. Modeled on the success of similar “Parents’ Night Out” events at UC Irvine, this program seeks to improve the health, well-being and campus experience of student parents at UCSD by creating a sense of community and belonging. The childcare resources will provide student parents time to: community-build, improve their mental health, and engage in research or social activities from which they may typically be restricted by their responsibilities as parents. Organizers expect 80 guests to attend the event.
Appropriate $200 from Family Friendly Fund to Bradley Hansen for Grad Parents Network Info Session. The event will be for Recruitment for new members and officers, signing people up on mailing list, providing information on new resources for GSRs with children, and other resources currently available to all grad students. Organizers expect around 60 Graduate students to attend the events.