Tuesday, October 24, 2017


Student Center Emerald Bay DE

I. Call to order

Start Time: 5:52 pm

26 council members present, 14 proxies (33 total, 22.5 needed) Quorum met.


II. Approve Agenda (1 minute)

Kasra, Seconded by  Shane


III. Approve minutes from previous meeting (1 minute)

Move to approve the minutes by Kate, seconded by Blake


IV. Executive and Committee Reports (10 minutes)


  • Focus groups: need participants in focus groups and interviews on kinds of programming we want to improve mental health and work/life balance among graduate students.

  • Grad Division is responding directly to the results from the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) Graduate Well-Being Survey and wants to hear what YOU you want from Grad Division. So, please respond to the call for participants and ask your constituents what they want to see happen in terms of workshops and outreach.

  • Tentatively scheduled dates for the focus groups. More details about the interdisciplinary and discipline-specific focus groups to come. If people want individual interviews or other times,happy to make it happen.


  • November 7, 2017 4:30-5:30pm and/or 6:30-7:30pm

  • November 14, 2017 4:30-5:30pm and/or 6:30-7:30pm

  • November 28, 2017 4:30-5:30pm and/or 6:30-7:30pm

  • December 12, 2017 4:30-5:30pm and/or 6:30-7:30pm


  • Pub Advisory Board (PAB) convened last week to discuss steps for transition. Ryan will be meeting with UCI Hospitality and Dining on staffing issues and on scheduling AGS social events at the pub.


  • Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC) will convene and Finance will be working on ideas

  • Travel Grant awards to be announced.  


  • Working on several resolutions, including those presented


  • First social event last weekend. Sold out.

  • Halloween Social coming up.


  • Met with President Napolitano. Agenda:

    • Graduate standards of living (food, housing, medical services).

    • Cost of housing (setting up more disc

    • Student labor protections (and advisor/student mentorship)

    • Follow up survey

Legislative Directors

  • National

    • Set up student lobby core to be trained and then advocate on behalf of students

    • SAGE will be having their fall meeting

(VP Admin report covered in New Business)


V. 17-30 Ratification of UCGPC Charter (10 minutes)

  • Once ratified by all parties, we agree it is a system-wide organization that does represent us (graduate students). Has a voting member from each campus.

  • Discussion: Motion to adopt Richard, second Alec

  • Vote: 33.5-1-0 Passes  (Yea-Abs-Nay)


VI. 17-31 Approval of 2017-2018 UCGPC Budget (10 minutes)

  • Preliminary budget. Minimum budget based on expected dues to be received.

  • UCI portion $7,000-8,000

  • Still working out a lot of the details with University of California Student Association (UCSA), including spots in meetings, advocacy collaboration

  • Vote: 33.5-0.5-0 Passes (Yea-Abs-Nay)


VII. 17-32 Appointment of AGS Staff: Social Committee Event Planner (10 minutes)

  • Motion to approve by Kate, Seconded by Richard

  • Vote: 29-2.5-0 Passes


VIII. 17-33 Appointment of AGS Staff: Campus Communications Director (10 minutes)

  • Discussion: Plans for advertisement and website changes

  • Motion to adopt: Richard, seconded by Kasra

  • 32-0.5-0.5 (Yea-Abs-Nay) Passes


IX. 17-34 Resolution on Addressing Availability of Affordable Housing (30 minutes)

  • UC Irvine is planning to reduce housing guarantees below normative time to degree

  • The resolution would request that students have to opt in

  • Discussion: concerns about whether this would transition to not an opt-in option and due to a current lack of transparency about housing

  • Goals of this resolution: our position on housing and proposal of multiple ideas

  • Motion to remove first and second THEREFORE. Motion to remove the following whereas clauses:  fourth, fifth, seventh-eleventh

  • Add definition of N, Seconded by Alex Stern. Unanimously passes.

  • Amendment passes unanimously.

  • Motion to move 4th whereas to first position by Yenda, seconded by Richard

  • Motion to extend time by 5 min by Kate, Seconded by Becky.

  • Move to add a second “let it further by resolved that this resolution shall be emailed...

  • motion to extend time by 2 minutes by Kate, seconded by Kasra

  • Motion to remove second line of second let it further be resolved by Misbah, seconded by Steven.

  • Vote for amendment unanimous.

  • Move the motion Richard, seconded by Becky 30-2-0 Passes


X. 17-28 Bill to Amend AGS Bylaws (15 minutes)

  • Motion to amend third let it be resolved by Connor, seconded by Steven. Passes unopposed.

  • Move to amend second let it therefore be resolved by Becky, seconded by Nory. Passes unopposed

  • Vote on bill: 28-3.5-0.5   (Yea-Abs-Nay) Passes


XI. 17-29 Due Process and Transparency in Title IX Proceedings (15 minutes)

  • Motion to retract the resolution by Richard, seconded by Alyssa

  • 21-7-3.5 (Yea-Abs-Nay)

  • Point of clarification: Two-thirds votes refers to number of votes cast.

  • Quorom count: 24/17 (32.5)

  • Recount: 22-6.5-3.5  Passes


XII. New Business (7 minutes)

VP Admin

  • New protocols for sign-in sheets-please print and sign name

  • Looking for people interested in planning/organizing professional development workshops

  • Student Center Board: Looking for four additional at-large members.


XIII. Zots (1 minute)

  • None presented

Meeting Adjourned: 7:31 pm