Associated Students, Inc. voices for Fresno State student body at an administrative and systemwide level


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ASI holds meetings in Room 207 of the RSU on a biweekly basis. All students are invited to meetings to voice any concerns.

By Jazmin Alvarado, Reporter

Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) is Fresno State’s student body government composed of 22 student elected positions.

The positions consist of 18 senators who represent their academic colleges, plus eight senator at-large positions. The other four positions are executive officers who serve as president, executive vice president, vice president of finance and vice president of external affairs.

ASI is the official voice for the student body of Fresno State. Its job is to advocate for the students at an administrative and systemwide level. The office is located on the third floor of the Resnick Student Union, rooms 303-304.

Karen Carrillo, the ASI president-elect for the 2023-24 academic year, said students are always welcome at the ASI office to relay any questions or concerns.

Carrillo is passionate about helping students with food insecurity. In Spring 2023, Carrillo received funding from ASI to produce 280 food vouchers for students to use at the University Dining Hall.

“My main goal as president is to implement resources that target students who face food insecurity,” Carrillo said.

According to the ASI website, ASI at Fresno State is a “501(c)3 not for profit corporation.”

The office serves as an auxiliary organization by providing support to the variety of different programs and resources on campus.

Caroline Alvarez, the ASI president for the 2022-23 school year, said that one thing students should know is that if they have any concern or issue and don’t know where to go, they should reach out to ASI.

Regardless of the situation, ASI will always assist students even if it is by simply pointing them in the right direction.

“ASI is here to help with whatever you [students] need. No issue is too big or small. We love working with our students and wish more of them came to us when they’re in need,” Alvarez said.

The ASI senate meets every other Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the RSU, Room 207 to discuss a list of agenda items regarding the campus. The senate receives a published agenda the Friday before its meeting on Wednesday.

The senate meetings are open to everyone on and off campus, including students, faculty, staff and community members.

ASI receives funding through a Student Body Fee of $34.50 each semester that every student pays included in their tuition, according to the Fresno State Administration and Finance website.

One of the four executive positions in ASI is the vice president of external affairs, Rebecca Perez, who serves as a supporting ally for all development programs.

Perez said she believes ASI is a way for students to have the entire university at their fingertips. People involved in ASI know everyone on campus and will always help students directly or indirectly, she said.

“We’re your biggest advocates. If there’s going to be a decision that is going to impact students, we’re part of the conversation, and we’re always thinking of your best interests,” Perez said.