San Francisco State University began the 2020-21 term with an Opening Convocation via Zoom. CSUEU Chapter President Sandee Noda was among the campus leaders invited to particpate. View the video here: https://senate.sfsu.edu/convocation . Sandee's remarks start at the 55:40 mark of the video. Good morning and welcome to the new academic year. First, I would like to thank the President’s Office and the Academic Senate for inviting me to speak today. Please join me to congratulate Teddy Albiniak on his new role as the Chair of the Academic Senate. I’d also like to give special thanks to all those who made today possible and for those who have always supported me in my role as CSUEU Chapter 305 President. CSUEU has been busy during this pandemic. We extended our contract until June 2022. Our voter voice campaign to our legislators proved to be effective as the legislature included in the final budget the $199 million for the CSU that was originally part of the Governor’s budget but was removed in the Governor’s May Revise. We have created an ad-hoc committee to create our resolution on the Black Lives Matter issue. One week ago, the CSUEU Board of Directors voted to support AB 1460 introduced by Assembly member Shirley Weber and co-authored by Assembly member David Chiu. AB 1460 would require students graduating from a CSU beginning in 2024-2025 to complete a one 3 unit course in Ethnic Studies without increasing the number of units for students to graduate. I am proud to say that AB 1460 became law on Monday evening. Going forward, on September 9th, CSUEU will meet with the University on the repopulation of CSUEU employees back to the SF State. Somewhere in the future we will also meet with University Management on the anticipated layoffs of CSUEU Employees. Our union will fight to keep every employee that we can. And as many members of the University Budget Committee know, CSUEU will not tolerate the University creating new positions while we are laying off people. On that thought my ask of all of you is simple this year. I ask that you be patient, compassionate and respectful of each other as we go through these difficult times. Please be understanding that your colleagues and students may wake up on the wrong side of the bed some days. Take time to listen. Appreciate the work that we all do and say thank you once in a while to all your colleagues. Our campus community is struggling to survive during in these pandemic times. For the University Management, I have four asks. One that you be transparent about the budget for the University, cabinet areas and individual departments. Two, that you allow those who want to participate in committees or listen to public meetings such as the CSU Board of Trustees, the University Budget Committee or search committee public forums be allowed to do so. If there is one positive to the pandemic, Zoom has the capacity to allow for more participation but managers have to be encouraged to let their employees participate. My third ask is this, allow ALL staff have an equal voice on issues that affect the University. We want to work with you but often we feel our voice has not been heard. My fourth and final ask is that the University create a comprehensive step by step policy for the University Community to follow when there is possible CoVID and CoVID positive cases. We know the information is there, but some of it is not easy to find. And lastly, I ‘d like to take a point of personal privilege. While I know many people are retiring this year, today, out of coincidence, is the last working day for my Student Health Service Colleague, supporter and friend, Dr. Jackie Whang. Dr. Whang has worked as a Primary Care Physician at the Student Health Service for approximately 20 years and I wanted to wish her well on her much deserved retirement. As heartbreaking and painful as it is, thank you again for having me here today. Please take care and be safe. Now it is my honor and privilege to introduce my union brother, James Martel, the President of SFSU’s California Faculty Association.