No Requests today.
Resolution to Commend Grad Students
David asked about the calculation of the % number in the resolution and whether that data is publicly available. Jennie says yes. No other thoughts on the resolution. Terence motions to vote on the resolution. Jennie seconds. Voting, passes unanimously.
Representatives from Grad Families
EV Parking situation discussion. Firstly an overview of timeline and the situation. They’ve talked to housing at a small townhall in Feb, with the big construction of the new housing, families are being displaced, 850-860 parking spots are being destroyed. It will be mid-Oct when it begins, they haven’t heard from housing or parking since Feb, when it was ambiguous “we’ll see what we can do”. She was assigned a spot with no parking when they are being moved because of the demolition, she asked housing about what she can do, asking if something can be done for families, they originally said no and they changed their minds. Mike Vanfossen is coming back to town soon, and she will meet with him when he comes back, but before then she talked to parking and they have no official answer, Brian Shaw head of parking said he is not looking for any feedback, not going to differentiate parking between different students in housing, he will be done with the plan by the end of July. Families think this is a safety concern if they need to walk across many parking lots to get back to their courtyards. They are not looking to exclude couples, they also wanted to include couples in this, but parking still doesn’t have an official answer, but they do recognize that there is a difference in the need between a mother with many children and a couple who is walking by themselves. But he refused to say that he will talk to Brian and make a plan for this, see in general what they can do. Jennie asks, are they talking about ES spots that are always full? They say yes, and they had proposals for example 10-min parking for drop offs, etc. They recommend assigned midrise parking and family parking, just 1 family car spot per family is enough so that the person who is home with the children has the opportunity to have a car that’s not really really far. They’ve asked housing whether or not they can assign specific spots for families.They’ve offered a cheap option by Lake Lagunita, $50 a year, but that is really far away. They’ve also talked to Disabilities office today, they are not able to give out disabled placards for families because of legal requirements. Theoretically, there are 265 families with children, there will be approximately 1446 parking spots available in the whole ES parking spots after the lots have been destroyed. For every 1 bed there’s about half a car, parking uses that calculation to figure out the number of parking spaces that will be needed. Based on that, there will be need for 2082 parking spots needed, which is already 600 short. If they distribute the spots randomly, families will only be able to fill up 181 of the 265 spots. Jennie says yes it does seem like families need to use their cars all the time, whereas perhaps some of the students won’t need to use their car more than once a week or something similar. Parking says, it will be a lot of work and they don’t want to do it, and also they don’t know how they will be able to enforce it. Trevor says the bigger thing is that we will need to set expectations that some of the courtyards may not have any parking for non-family students, so they will need to explain it to current students about the situation. Terence says, they might need to raise awareness among the students, and also talk to Parking as well. Parking will be removing the overlap between C and ES spots. But there is a lot of miscommunication between Parking and Housing. Families say that perhaps GSC can help talk to Parking and Housing to figure out what exactly is happening for EV parking. Jennie says that if Families came to the GSC with a budget for signs, she would be supportive of funding those. Families also say that they will keep GSC updated on their next meeting with housing.
Continued Discussion on GSC Goals
Ongoing discussion of what we want to do this year. Common theme includes better communication with grad students, rebranding, trying to put out survey to as many grad students as possible. Jennie says it would be nice to hear more feedback from GSC members about some of these things because they might not be reading the minutes. Terence will look at creating a email list for each school. David said it would be nice if Events and Services can give accurate quotes for cleanup or any other kinds of services, because it’s very hard for VSOs to plan things. Jennie and Terence suggests we can collaborate with SSE to see how much things have been in the past.
Sean asks about what the GSC wants to do moving forward on the education aspect of the sexual assault resolution. Terence says that the new training module is being developed for the fall, logistics of creating links that are easily accessible on Axess, that’s what they’re doing right now. Jennie says that Sam says that they might be doing it for the winter quarter because that’s when the holds are. In terms of the joint committee, that’s in limbo until the fall when the UGs come back.