SF State historical organizations speak out against ASI funding cuts

Tensions between long-standing student organizations and the Associate Students, Inc. Board of Directors grew high during a meeting in Jack Adams Hall Wednesday after a proposal to decrease funding for historic groups.

ASI former Vice President of Finance Marco Fuentes said he is furious about the proposed cuts.

“They are trying to diminish SF State’s success,” Fuentes said. “We create these organizations and events in order to create a stronger campus community. All we have left is student-campus collaboration, and these cuts will take that away.”

Students protest against funding cut during public comment section on Associated Students, Inc. board meeting at Jack Adams Hall in SF State Wednesday, Sept.30. (Qing Huang / Xpress)

Students protest against funding cuts during public comment section on Associated Students, Inc. board meeting at Jack Adams Hall in SF State Wednesday, Sept.30. (Qing Huang / Xpress)

La Raza, the Black Student Union, Student Kouncil of Intertribal Nations and the General Union of Palestine Students were among the organizations represented at the meeting whose funding is in danger of being cut.

ASI has a $85,000 budget for the entire academic year, according to current Vice President of Finance Niza Del Carmen. Del Carmen said reducing the funding for the historical organizations by approximately $1,000 will leave more flexibility to fund other organizations.

Approximately five student organizations will be impacted by postponing the vote, according to Del Carmen, who said some organizations will possibly be left without funding.

Ethnic Studies representative Shannon Deloso said the ASI and Finance Committee are only discussing a plan of action at the moment. Consequently, funding for all student organizations is currently frozen.

“I want to emphasize to all of the organizations that just because we propose a solution, does not mean it’s the right solution. Alternatives will be discussed,” Deloso said. “Our goal is to increase the budget and spread the funding equally.”

Senior international relations major Mohammad Hammad, 23, said he believes there are alternatives that do not involve decreased funding for from the ethnic groups on campus.

“It’s a big slap in the face to the organizations that helped build this campus,” Hammad said. “SF State is known for its diversity, and cutting funding is punishing these organizations and inhibiting our ability to flourish.”

SF State student, Metzali Andrade, speaks against funding cuts during a public comment section on Associated Students, Inc. board meeting at Jack Adams Hall at SF State Wednesday, Sept. 30. (Qing Huang / Xpress)

SF State student, Metzali Andrade, speaks against funding cuts during a public comment section on Associated Students, Inc. board meeting at Jack Adams Hall at SF State Wednesday, Sept. 30. (Qing Huang / Xpress)

Members from historic organizations began to yell the phrase “when you cut our funding, you cut our representation,” when some of the board members’ proposed limiting time for public comments.

“These cuts represent the institutionalized walls placed here to prevent us from succeeding, and I think it is all just privatized corporation settler stuff,” said Latin and Latinos Studies major Metzali Andrade, 21. “It doesn’t make sense for an institution to invest student’s money into a corporation rather than organizations run by students.”

Deloso and Black n’ Brown Liberation Coalition Coordinator Britany Moore, 26, proposed that the board postpone the voting forum until more information and input is collected from the historic organizations who would be impacted by the decrease in funds.

“I can provide two solutions, one being that we go back and revisit the benefits and negative effects of cutting the funding,” Deloso said. “I also want to push a memo between ASI and the student organizations through the Finance Committee, in order to search for outside funding.”

ASI Board members will vote on whether or not to decrease historic organizations’ funding Oct. 14.

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