Director of Housing and Residential Engagement Larry Martin gave a presentation to the Associated Students Inc. Board of Directors highlighting the emergency student housing options available to students in need.
Housing now provides two campus apartments where students can stay for up to three weeks while they make plans for permanent housing, Martin said during the Tuesday meeting.
“We have two apartments designated in our community, designated for students who need emergency housing. Both are being used,” Martin said.
Housing also provides meal plans for students struggling with food security.
Martin said students in need of temporary emergency housing or meal plans can meet with the Assistant Dean of Students Carmen Curiel to discuss their options.
“We have to balance to be able to make sure we have enough space for paying residents and students who are here for the academic year, but we do want to continue to provide as many spaces as possible,” Martin said.
Associate Executive Director of ASI Dave Edwards shared his goals for the academic year based on the feedback from the previous ASI board. These goals included redesigning the ASI website, making improvements to the TSU food court and completing the Starbucks.
Edwards spoke on ASI’s goals for two informational campaigns – one about the services and purpose of ASI and another for increased involvement at the Children’s Center.
“Each month … I’ll report the progress we’ve made and get feedback,” Edwards said.
Students for Quality Education attended the meeting and held a silent protest over President Mildred García’s handling of Milo Yiannopoulos’ appearance.
García arrived toward the end of the meeting and spoke about student diversity, free speech and the five-year Strategic Plan. She emphasized ASI’s outreach to students facing challenges and answered questions from the board.
“I am very proud of the student leaders that have done so very much and I just want to highlight the amazing work you have done,” García said. “You’ve worked with students with food and housing insecurity you were committed to really work on that.”
García praised the board for their involvement and dedication to student committees.
“We need active students on each of these committees. We need you to speak up. We need you to give your ideas … because we can’t do it without your voice,” García said.