ASUCI Senate Minutes
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

 ASUCI Senate Minutes

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016


  • Called to Order by Hong at 5:12
  • Attendance
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Approval of Agenda

·       Trinh: Motion to change Item 6e to 6:15/ Second: Orozco

    • Motion: Lu/ Second: Tompkins
  • Public Comment
  • Executive Officer Reports
    • Academic Affairs VP Nand: We will not be bringing Bill Nye to Campus anymore due to the high cost of 50,000 dollars. His agents was not responsive to us either. We are looking for another speaker to bring on that date or at another time.  
    • Internal VP Carrazco: The sustainability project and green initiative fund had boothing events at the sustainability fair today. Turn out for the events at the fair today was pretty good.
  • Special Committee Reports
  • Old Business
    • B52-03: Reallocations of Fuds from Local Outreach Director Stipend

§  Roll Call Vote Passes, 11-0-0, Yea: Natoolo, Lu, Noureldine, Lee, Abdelrahman, Trinh, Chavez, Bender, Tompkins, Orozco, Miller 5:18

  • New Business
    • R52-12: Resolution: UCI Membership in the IIE Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis and Support for Displace Students , Including Syrians 5:19

§  Baranwal: Reading of legislation R52-12

§  Baranwal: Motion to go into discussion for 10 minutes/ Second: Orozco

§  Hong:Here is a statement by Iman Siddiqi on why you should support this legislation. The IIE has committed to sponsoring scholarships to Syrian refugee students. Dozens of schools are a part of the consortium. The UC System should join the consortium, for these students to receive higher education, which cannot be offered in Syria with the current situation there. These Syrian students will need these resources for the rebuilding of Syria. It is difficult for them now, because universities are being closed down and are dangerous to attend. In some cases students have been killed trying to go to school. Books not Bombs campaign is being started for schools to join the IIE. We need student support in the form of resolutions on all nine UC campuses to show the regents that the students support this IIE funding. Unique arrangement for each school will be made with IIE.

§  Orozco: I think we should consider passing this for the funding. We would benefit Syrian students but also our own students, in terms of opening their eyes to the culture. It is very important. It shows the UCI solidarity with Syrian students.

§  Miller: Motion to call into question R52-12/ Second: Tompkins

§  Roll Call vote on R52-12 Passes 11-0-0, Yea:  Natoolo, Lu, Noureldine, Lee, Abdelrahman, Trinh, Chavez, Bender, Tompkins, Orozco, Miller 5:33

    • Hong: Discussion by Jan Serrantino. 5:34

§  Serrantino:  I will give a brief history of people with disabilities and the stigma of it. Rehabilitation acts after ww2 were influential. Those advocating in the 1960s for rights for the disabled were influenced by the African American Civil Rights Movement and the Women’s Rights movement. In the1970s activists lobbied congress to get disability language in civil rights legislation. Children with disabilities and their parents started to advocate in k-12 schools. At this time and previously students with disabilities got no services and/or were sent off and set aside. Education for all handi-cap Act allowed for civil rights for the disabled and for these students to attend local schools. There has been a change in UCI from the start of the center to now, (200 to 1200 students registered with the center). We want to move away from a fixing model into a welcoming of diversity and inclusion model of resources. We have had a few names submitted to change the name of the center, and to take out words like services. We want to provide opportunities for these students, not to fix or change people. A survey showed people want words like inclusion or access in the title. We would like to hear from you all.

§  Orozco: Even if 51% want disability out of it, do you think this would leave a benefit the students?

§  Serrantino: That is the huge question. Many universities have taken it out and then put it back in because people get confused. We just want something more inclusive.

§  Orozco: Maybe disability opportunity center? Would that be appropriate?

§  Annette Lee (J Board Chair): What are other examples of universities changes?

§  Serrantino: Accessibility and Assistance Center, Hope Center. I don’t have them all with me. Dream center. Accessibility center. Some are a bit confusing.

§  Hi: Would the temporary disability services still be under this?

§  Serrantin: Yes of course. Sample names: Center for Learning and Accessibility, Disability Resource Center, Disability Accessibility and Resource center….etc

§  Tompkins: I think you should include the word resources.

§  Noureldine: I think you should also include the word disability so it is easier for students to find and locate. Harder to navigate without the word.

§  Hong: I like the Disability Resource Center because it is reminiscent of the rest of the resource centers on campus.

§  Serrantino: We have been doing research since 2013. We know we can’t please everyone. But we do care about students voices.

§  Carrazco: What will be the resources being accompanied by the name?

§  Serrantino: We are innovative. People from around the country come to us for help. Technology support, studying, learning difficulty assessments, skills for learning. We want students to walk away with answers and resources even if have no disability.

§  Abdelrahman: I don’t think the title of the center should be focused on the word disability. That way if it is brought up they are going to the “Hope Center” and they know what it means.

§  Serrantino: Thanks for your input.

§  Natoolo: Thank you so much. We are glad you are here. We would like to be even more involved. 5:49


    • R52-14: Formation of Advocacy Committee

§  Natoolo: Reading of legislation of R52-14

§  Miller: Motion to go into discussion/ Second: Tompkins

§  Miller: Motion to end discussion/ Second: Tompkins

§  Miller: Motion to call into question/ Second: Lu

§  Roll Call Vote on R52-14 passes 11-0-0, Yea: Natoolo, Lu, Noureldine, Lee, Abdelrahman, Trinh, Chavez, Bender, Tompkins, Orozco, Miller

    • Judicial Board Interviews

§  Hong: There were 5 interviewees.  The have been narrowed down to three. There are 2 spots available. We will narrow it down to 2 for the position.

§  Lee: Judicial board makes sure legislation that is passed is constitutional. Hearings for impeachment may go to us for challenges. It is a big responsibility.

§  Orozco: when are the Judicial Board meetings?

§  Lee: Currently 6-7 on Tuesdays. Quorum is 4. We need them to commit and prioritize the board.

§  Hong: important roll. We usually have conflicts with them bc the constitution is flawed.

§  Lee: These justices will have two year terms, so choose carefully and wisely.

§  Baranwal: In the past senate and J board have had tension between them. Please take into consideration the 2 year term. There is almost no way to get them out. And if you want to do this, it will stall all of ASUCI efforts. Please be open about your discussion.

§  Interview of Michael Fuoroli for J Board  6:02-6:17

§  Interview of Laura Anderson for J Board 6:19-6:32

§  Interview of Roxana Bokaei for J Board 6:34-6:44

  • Senate Intern Program Report
    • Khazand: Today and next meeting the senate interns will be choosing their committees.
  • Committees
  • Tompkins: Motion to go into committee breakouts for 5 minutes./ Second: Lu 6:45
    • Rules
      • none
    • Finance
      • none
    • Public Information
      • none
    • Advocacy
      • none
  • Immediate Business
  • School Breakouts
  • Final Business
  • Announcements
  • Next Meeting: Thursday, October 20th, 2016
  • Tompkins: Motion Adjourn Meeting at 6:50
    • Second: Bender