USAC Recap – April 19

The Council of the Undergraduate Student Association has approved the allocation of office space to student organizations.

USAC is the official student government representing the undergraduate student body at UCLA. Council meetings are held remotely every Tuesday at 7 p.m. and are open to all students. Students can find links for meetings on the Internal Vice President’s Facebook page or watch a live stream on USAC Live! channel on YouTube.

Public comment:

  • Clara Castronovo, president of the California Public Interest Research Group chapter at UCLA, which leads CALPIRG’s Beyond Plastic campaign, said the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance restricting plastics for single use. Castronovo, a sophomore sociology student, also announced that CALPIRG is working to pass Assembly Bill 2624, which would require California community colleges and state universities to make estimated material costs visible. course on online class schedules prior to student registration. Castronovo said the bill would also require University of California campuses to do the same.

Special presentations:

  • Monica Campbell and Taylor Vassar of the LGBTQ Campus Resource Center Assessment and Engagement Team presented on the Queer and/or Transgender Black, Indigenous, People of Color Student Experiences project at UCLA. Based on the findings of the study, the team recommended, among other initiatives, that USAC increase the visibility of QTBIPOC students and improve faculty education and outreach.

  • Gloria Ko, Senior Director of Alumni Career Engagement, and Vivian San Gabriel, Associate Director of Alumni Career Engagement, of UCLA Alumni Affairs gave a presentation on UCLA ONE, the UCLA’s online networking platform. ‘UCLA allowing students and alumni to connect.

Agenda:

  • The board allocated $17,929.41 to 32 non-USAC entities.

  • The board has cut weekly stipends by 20% due to limited funding.

  • The Supplementary Service Fund allocated $7,200.62 to seven non-Community Service Commission organizations.

  • The Academic Success Referendum Fund awarded $2,000 to a non-USAC member entity.

  • The Travel Grant Mini Fund allocated $7,391.40 to seven non-USAC member entities.
  • The Board approved the minutes of its April 12 meeting.

  • The board approved the Office Space Allocations Committee’s space allocations and contract amendments for 2022-2024, presented by Hannah Regan, fourth-year political science student and OSAC member. OSAC allocated spaces to all student organizations that had obtained spaces under the previous allocation, as well as to several new organizations. Student organizations with lockers were able to retain their locker space, and many other student organizations received locker space. Updated registration requirements for student organizations, leadership, and commitment have also been added to the 2022-2024 OSAC contracts. Student organizations will be required to complete and post a shared office space agreement form annually.

  • The board approved a change that moves the Approved License Provider link for T-shirts from an ASUCLA website to a UCLA lifestyle website.

Officer Reports:

  • President Breeze Velazquez said her office hosted her future student leaders of color conference. Velazquez also attended a meeting with the Office of the President and the University of California Council of Presidents, where they discussed Governor Newsom’s proposed budget, UC’s climate and sustainability goals, and standards for mentoring for UCLA students. Velazquez added that his office met with Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Anna Spain Bradley to discuss EDI’s role in communicating threats on campus and providing future care. community.

  • Internal Vice President Cassandra Gatica said her office hopes to highlight three to four more student organizations this quarter and continue its social media social justice campaigns. She added that her office’s outreach team has put together a contact list for over 1,000 student organizations working with student organizations, leadership and engagement. Gatica said she would meet with the Economic Crisis Response Team to work on a housing assistance scholarship for students experiencing housing insecurity. She also added that she is currently reviewing campus safety regulations and may make changes.

  • Academic Affairs Commissioner Angelina Quint said her office will host its quarterly advisory event on April 26, from 3 to 4 p.m., where students can drop in and learn about degree planning and major requirements. Quint added that the Retention First committee has completed reviewing applications and is currently awarding book allowances for the Bruins. Quint also said the Retention First committee is hosting a midterm social study on April 26 from 7-8:30 p.m.

  • Cultural Affairs Commissioner Promise Ogunleye said her office is hosting her hip-hop fashion show on April 20. Ogunleye added that the Cultural Affairs Commission will hold their Hip-Hop Explosion concert on April 28.

Other business:

Palmer Turnbull, chairman of the UCLA USA Board of Elections, said a USAC candidate had requested that voting for all USAC positions be held between May 2 and May 6, instead of begin on April 29, in recognition of the Sabbath, the Jewish day of rest, which occurs in April. April 29 to 30. Turnbull said he thought it would have a negative impact on voter turnout and added that the Electoral Council had instead proposed a campaign break that would occur from 7 p.m. on April 29 to 8 p.m. on April 30. Turnbull said any general representative candidates will have to agree to suspend the campaign.

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