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Resolution in Recognition of Veterans as a Cultural Community on Campus, and in Support of Efforts t

ESOLUTION No. 2008-09-04

AUTHORED BY:    Jennifer Fusaro, Student-at-Large
                        Travis Holt, Student-at-Large
                        Brenna Toel, Student-at-Large

SIGNED BY:        Dina Haigounian, CAHSS Representative
                        Rachel Cooke, CNRS Representative

REFERRED TO:    AS COUNCIL
                        ACTION SCHEDULED: 11-3-08
                        ACTION APPROVED:  11-3-08
                                       
Subject:                Resolution in Recognition of Veterans as a Cultural Community on Campus, and in Support of Efforts to Ensure Humboldt State University is a Safe and Friendly Learning Environment for Student Veterans, Active Duty Service Members and Military Family Members  

1.)                      WHEREAS,  The Mission Statement of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University states, “The Associated Students…[shall] assist in the protection of the rights and interests of the individual student and the student body; provide services and programs as deemed necessary by the corporation to meet the needs of the students and campus community; and to stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the University community”; and,

2.)                      WHEREAS,  The Associated Students of Humboldt State University supports and values diversity while upholding a commitment to commend and partake in acts of social justice that educate the campus and community on issues of diversity; and

3.)                      WHEREAS,  HSU President Rollin Richmond said in his inauguration address, “Multicultural views of disciplines, including some scientific disciplines, have brought the realization that most of us teach and learn within cultural settings that may influence and sometimes badly distort our perceptions.  Moreover, a diverse set of cultural perspectives has demonstrated clearly that students learn in different ways, and if we wish to help student learn well, we need to be well aware of these differences in learning styles;” and              

4.)                      WHEREAS,    The Associated Students of Humboldt State University (HSU) recognize veterans as a cultural community on campus; and

5.)                      WHEREAS,  The Associated Students recognize that military members and veterans return home to every community, including our own, and that it is the responsibility of all communities to assist in meeting the needs of returning service members; and

6.)                      WHEREAS,  The Associated Students recognize that the veteran community is susceptible to harmful negative stereotypes that exist as obstacles to creating a safe learning environment and the ability for service members to transition from military life to civilian and/or student life; and

7.)                      WHEREAS,  The Associated Students acknowledge the additional unique challenges facing the veteran community including physical, emotional mental and spiritual barriers; therefore be it;

8.)                      RESOLVED,    The Associated Students of Humboldt State wish to provide the means for all students to be free from discrimination and harmful stereotypes and to support diversity and social justice efforts; and be it further

9.)                      RESOLVED,    The Associated Students call upon the HSU campus community to take action to ensure that the HSU campus is a safe and friendly learning environment for veterans and the service member community; and be it further

10.)                    RESOLVED,    The Associated Students will support efforts to recognize and support veterans, service members and military families as a cultural community on campus; and be it finally

11.)                    RESOLVED,    This resolution shall be sent to, but not limited to: CSU Chancellor Charles Reed, All members of the CSU Board of Trustees; HSU President Rollin Richmond; Vice President for Student Affairs, Steven Butler; Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Robert Snyder; The Academic Senate; All University Departments; all local and State media outlets; and all CSU Associated Students



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Dina Haigounian                                                      
Arts Humanities and Social Sciences Representative                  

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Rachel Cooke
Professional Studies Representative

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Sofia Pereira                                                          
Associated Students President                                        

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Beth Weissbart
Legislative Vice President