ASUCI Senate Minutes
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

 ASUCI Senate Minutes

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017


  • Called to Order by Natoolo at 5:08
  • Attendance
    • Senator Zheng arrives late at 6:10.
    • Senator Hasan leaves early at 5:34.
  • Approval of Minutes
    • Motion: Noureldine / Second: Orozco
  • Approval of Agenda

·       Abuzeid: Motion to start with 6b/ Second: Hassane

·       Orozco: Objection to approval of the agenda.

·       Orozco: We need the 6c, 6d, and 6e to be online for 3 days at least before they are on the agenda.

·       Orozco: Motion to strike 6d, 6c, 6e from the agenda and to be added at the discretion of the President of the Senate at a later date/ Second: Jacoby

·       Baranwal: Point of Interest. You can just table it to Thursday.

·       Orozco: That is still not three days. So I say strike and make it up to the President of the Senate.

·       Objection and Motion to strike both passes through a straw poll.

·       Natoolo: We will have them next week on the 21st.

    • Motion: Trinh / Second: Jacoby
  • Public Comment

·       Timothy Brown: Hi guys. I’m Timmy Brown. I’m from the public. I’m here to invite all student leaders to an event on campus. We are inviting Ali Abu Awwad to come speak in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He was born in Gaza. He was eventually arrested for actions against the Israeli state. He wanted to see his mother. He went on a hunger strike to see this happen. He had a new view on non-violent resistance. He uses this still today. We want to bring him on campus. Campus can be very divisive. And can make the issue be black and white.  This may not be the case for many people. Personally I am Jewish and support Israel, but also have issue with much that goes on there. Ali Abu Awwad brings an alternative view point from what you usually see in the media. It will be held next Tuesday in SBSG 1321 at 6:30pm. I have flyers. Does anyone have questions? There will be free food.

  • Executive Officer Reports
  • Special Committee Reports
  • Old Business
  • New Business
    • 6B Discussion: Reclaiming Mental Health Conference  5:19

§  Caroline: Hi everyone. We will be hosting this mental health conference. We have a lot of new senators and I wanted to give you all some details. This conference was debuted in 2015. During its first year we had 250 attendees. Of the 250 people, a lot came from all corners of the state. We had different coordinators from other schools host workshops. We attracted a lot of students from all across California who are dedicated to mental health advocacy. What really forms the backbone of the conference is the workshops. We are exploring the idea that certain communities are more susceptible to mental illness and face more barriers when receiving treatments. We had a workshop by Alvin who gave a presentation on how foster youth are more prone to poverty and how that shapes there coping skills. A lot of staff have also been involved. Professors, like Dr. Moeller. He gave a workshop on depression, and it destigmatizes mental health for students and professors. Also bridges the gap between faculty and students. Last year the conference was extended to 2 days and we had double the attendees. For the 2nd year we added other avenues for learning. We had an admin panel where students could ask about mental health policy questions to their administrators and other officials. We also need money to run this conference. This year we are asking for 1,000 dollars from the unallocated budget. Displayed on the PowerPoint is the budget. A lot of money goes toward food and supplies. The total costs is 25,000 but we are only asking for 1,000. We mostly have volunteer speakers. We are really trying to find cost effective ways to run this conference. We are looking for other ways to fund this conference. We are getting 2,000 from chancellor Parham. We are getting some from the office of the EVP. And we have also applied for a grant. We will also be emailing the academic deans. Last year the Blum center gave us 350 dollars. We also got some non-profits to donate a couple hundred. We want to make sure the financial burden will not be on you all. Any questions?

§  Lu: Have you tried looking into SPFB?

§  Caroline: I do not think it would be allowed because it would be a conflict of interest because it is an ASUCI run event.

§  Natoolo: Even though the event is targeting UCI students?

§  Caroline: I would have to look into it with our Student Advocate General.

§  Baranwal: I’m looking into it right now.

§  Orozco: I think it would have to be specifically all undergrads. But I think it is open to everyone.

§  Caroline: Majority is undergrads. Probably around 85%. Hopefully we can look into that further.

§  Caroline: I want to end by reading what I wrote last year for publicity. What this conference aims to achieve accompanied by a personal testimonial is read. Thank you. That’s all. If you have any questions please talk with me or my team about programing or logistics or anything you want to address regarding mental health.

    • 6A Discussion: Representatives from CARE Office and Center for Student Wellness and Health Promotions by Doug Everhart (Director for Student Wellness), Chuck Adams (Admin. Director for Student Health Center), Beth England-Mackie (Assistant Director CSWHP), Sallie Pappas (Grants Manager UCI CARE) 5:34

§  Everhart: We are here mostly to answer your questions.

§  Everhart: We want to speak about the services our office offers. We are here to promote wellness and health for our students on campus. We try to be responsive especially to the student leaders. I know we had a focus on bringing back free condom distributions. So we did that. Also HIV testing and we have met the needs of the request for students to get free anonymous HIV testing.

§  England-Mackie: I am your HIV testing counselor. We wanted to add an additional layer of anonymity. It is still confidential and free at the SHC. We recognize the lack of anonymity. I don’t take names. I just take appointments. We do a lot of education while they are in my office. We do workshops for some of the classes on campus as well as for student organizations. On any topic mentioned. We are trying to reach out and help students with things that really affect them, like finances, sleep schedule, sex lives. We are constantly checking and trying to find what we can do to improve programing. This is something we will be doing with the American College Health Assessment. We encourage all of you to look for this assessment. It is all about you and what is going on with you. It helps us identify gaps in programing so we can continue to meet your needs. We care about all of you and we are here to keep you safe and successful.

§  Yakub: About the anonymity at the student health center vs coming into the student center? Can you explain more?

§  England-Mackie: It is confidential and free but not necessarily anonymous at the SHC. When you go to the student health center, there will be a record of the test with your name, although all of that information is still confidential. When they come to me, I don’t have any type of record of them. I don’t have any information on them.

§  Adams: It is confidential at student health center, but as she pointed out, it is completely anonymous at the wellness center.

§  Everhart: This is a clear definition of the difference between confidential and anonymous.

§  Xiao: Historically, what is the most common STD/STI students get infected with?

§  Lady: chlamydia. Particularly common in the college population. It is treatable but also repeatable. By far the most common. The earlier the better to catch and treat. Not only are you treating the individual they need to let other parties know so we can treat both.

§  Pappas: I am the representative for the CARE Office. We are located right next door. We share everything. We provide a student needs and assistance with anything regarding sexual violence. We have a victim advocate full time now. We do events and activates like “Take Back the Night.” I am the grants manger. We have a large federal violence against women grant which helps fund a lot of our outreach to students. I’m here to answer questions. Our victim advocate is located in the student center. Some of our staff is located in Aldridge Hall. We are mandated to be confidential, but we also have group therapy. Any questions?

§  Hernandez: Regarding the sharing of facilities do you think the new wellness building will assist with that?

§  Everhart: Good question, but unfortunately we cannot answer that. And we cannot give pros and cons.

§  Pappas: I will say again that we do have staff in three buildings and that there is a need for space.

§  Everhart: We do have a need for space. Aside from this building. Just in general there is a space need for everyone on campus. This is not a lobby for the building. But in some ways students are paying a price for the lack of space.

§  Hassane: Is the CARE center specifically doing anything to be able to provide culturally sensitive providers for students especially given the recent political climate? Some students may not feel safe or welcome coming to the office.

§  Car lady: Yes, yes and yes. We are working on grant renewal so we can provide cultural assistance. We also have a bilingual coordinator now. We are attempting to outreach to specific groups.

§  Lee: Has the student use of the center increased?

§  Everhart: Yes it has increased. We reached around 13,000 or 14,000 through individual consultations and outreach. We had three staff move over to another opportunities, so we had about half the staff after that. And now we are back to being fully staffed. But our numbers have double since last year. We need your help for this.

§  Yakub: To clarify, the CARE Office is the only place on campus that will not share what happened. The advocate and all care staff.

§   Pappas: Yes, correct.

§  Pappas: We added a care counselor this year. So if someone came to our advocate, and needs long term psychiatric counseling, we now have a dedicated counselor to refer our clients. To. They are in a different location though.

§  Lim: Are you guys involved with anything academic? Test taking for anxiety?

§  All: That is the disability enter. We can help with that though.

§  Lim: Is there any monitoring for who gets this privilege? They may not being honest and just go to the dsc to get extra time even though they may not need it.

§  Pappas: Hopefully they are not taking advantage of this. You should bring that to disability center. There is a vetting process where they do need a diagnoses. Now if people are getting through that screening process and you are hearing that, there may be a problem.

§  Adams: Many of you know of us. We are a very busy, high volume patient medical center. We are a multiple specialty outpatient program. So if you are on the student health plan we are your primary care doctor. We have mental health services as well as a dental clinic. We are constantly look at our service line and the services we provide and what your needs are. And we look and see if we can bring those into the student health center rather than refer you out to the community. We constantly evaluate our services and see how we can improve access. We have increased our overall visits by about 15-20%. This is a combo of increase in demand but also a mix of our services, which we have brought in. Any questions about SHC? We also admin student health insurance plan. We wear both hats. It is kind of unusual provider. Usually you would bill insurance, but we actually admin it.

§  Natoolo: Thank you for all your work you do for us. Health is so vital we appreciate you. What is the ratio of the care providers to the students/ has it increased? Is this one of the problems you have on your end?

§  Adams: I can’t speak to the actual ratio. If you think about the total enrollment of UCI, roughly 60% of students are enrolled in SHIP. The ratios differ based on the type of specialty. We know mental health is a big need. We are struggling right now to recruit psychiatrists. We need to find providers who come into academic environment in compared to jobs in the private sector. We need to find providers that really care about mental health at the college level. We are trying to increase service in house.

§  Pappas: We only have one advocate for the entire campus. She’s is busy. She tries to accommodate drop ins. But it scan be hard. She really tries. We would like to expand to another advocate if we could.

§  Everhart: We have a staff of 8. We do have an awful big case load to try and meet the needs of 31,000 students. When we only have 4 fulltime employees, it can be difficult.

§  Abuzeid: What department is responsible for undergrad pregnant students? Like social services?

§  Adams: Probably the disability center or social workers.  

§  Pappas: We do provide lactation services.

§  Abuzeid: I heard these services were more times offered for graduate students because they are usually the ones who have families. And the undergraduates feel underrepresented

§  Adams: They could go through one of our providers, so they can coordinate you where you need to go. We also have social workers that can help students with various issues.

§  Safady: Motion to extend by 5 minutes. Second: Jacoby

§  Safady: The advocate in the CARE Office? Is that the same as an investigator?

§  Pappas: No. Those people are in the title 9 office. The advocate has had training in providing help. And have someone listen to the problems of the victim, we are not the recording at all.

§  Safady: Are there plans to bring someone who is or can treat PTSD? I have noticed there have been several students who cannot find a care giver within 1 hour distance who specialized in PTSD?

§  Adams: That is an interesting question. We are trying to recruit other providers right now. We can help you try and locate provider for any particular diagnoses or condition. We would work with our carrier. We would try and find a provider that is closer. We are working on a vast database for mental health providers from the community for us to look through for what’s not offered on campus. I would encourage you to contact us and we will try and help you.

§  Everhart: I would try and reach out to Marcel Holmes. We do try and respond the best we can. If you know of specific needs that need to be met, contact the appropriate person, Marcel. She can help and we will then do the best we can to respond to that need.

§  Natoolo: Any other questions or comments? Thank you so much for you time.

  • Senate Intern Program Report
    • No new updates.
  • Committees
  • Jacoby: Motion to go into committee breakouts for 15 minutes/ Second: Trinh.
    • Rules
      • Orozco: still working on by-laws amendments. We will submit very soon.
    • Finance
      • Jacoby: We had our legislation submitted today. And the bill for office supplies will come up next week. We also spoke about the funding we will provide to the metal health conference. We can bring it up in discussion how much should be provided.
    • Public Information
      • Lim: I have emailed student affairs for the school departments. That have sent me their google form. If you don’t see anything this week or next contact me if you did fill it out. For at-large senators I will contact ASUCI that will send out one email to everyone. We are still working on apparel. Also if you guys still want to fill out the google form to contact the schools you can still do it.
    • Advocacy
      • Noureldine: We are brainstorming new clubs and new plans to reach out to groups. We are still writing the discussion legislation.
  • Immediate Business
  • School Breakouts
    • Trinh: Motion to go into school breakouts for 10 minutes/ Second: Jacoby.
    • Yakub: Motion to extend time by 2 minutes/ Second: Hassane.
  • Final Business
  • Announcements
  • Next Meeting: Thursday, February 16th, 2017
  • Jacoby :Motion to Adjourn Meeting at 6:44
    • Second: Hernandez