Examining ASI's Programs
Student fees go to support seven programs.
December 1, 2005 6:47 PM
Associated Students Inc. (ASI) currently has six programs and are planning to open a seventh in January 2006. All of ASI's programs are funded by the $42 fee students pay every semester for the 19-seat student-elected board to represent them. With a budget of close to $3 million, almost a third of that, $817,541, is budgeted on programs this year. Here's how those six programs are doing.
"We work every semester on keeping our national association for education of young children accreditation (NAEYC) (and) keeping our center’s quality of childcare really high for supporting student-parents," said Carol Rector, pre-school program coordinator.
Though the ECEC did not have a fundraiser this semester, the parent advisory committee is planning one for next semester.
2. Project Rebound
This semester, the program offered a monthly “Conscious Movie Series” showing documentaries about politics and the criminal justice system. Documentaries this semester included “These Streets are Watching,” a prison-focused film about police brutality. The program also focused on at-risk youth by bringing together high schools in the Mission District to paint a memorial at 23rd and Bartlett streets.
“Whenever they need support we are always there, for whatever reasons at different times,” said Director Jason Bell. “Coming through the system myself, knowing that education is so far removed from the system, it’s important to me.”
Project Rebound is located in the Cesar Chavez Student Center in T-138
3. Women’s Center
4. Legal Resource Center
“Oftentimes, they (students) just want to know what their rights are,” said Director Alonzo Jones.
The LRC has contacts with many legal agencies in the Bay Area that are low-cost or no-cost, and selects agencies that are accommodating to students, according to Jones.
This semester, the LRC saw an average of 49 students per week, according to Jones. In November, they held a “Know Your Rights” clinic, making experts available for complicated housing issues. A seminar with experts in traffic and immigration laws is planned for December.
The LRC is located in the Cesar Chavez Student Center in M-113A
This semester, EROS has collaborated with other organizations on five or six events to help educate attendees on sex, according to Director Elsa Pena. They also held “Monster Massive,” a costume party for students promoting safe sex and alcohol and drug awareness. Pena also plans on expanding the library to include a video collection. Pena also wants to work on making EROS more known to students.
“I want this place to be just as well known as the student health center,” said Pena.
EROS is located in the Cesar Chavez Student Center in M-109.
6. Performing Arts and Lecture
According the Director Muata Kenyatta, the program has served over 2,700 students this semester. They have plans on expanding the program more so by offering as many free events as they can and also by addressing the change and expansion of the campus.
“We’re here to take care of the students,” said Kenyatta. “We’re determined and dedicated to the students, making sure they get something back for their fees.”
Performing Arts and Lecture is located in the Cesar Chavez Student Center in T-115
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