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ASI Leadership Funding (ALF)

ASI Leadership Funding

ASI provides leadership funding for student organizations’ events and individual student attendance at professional conferences.  The ASI Executive Vice President and professional staff members determine the allocation of these funds.

ASI has allocated approximately $30,000 to ASI Leaderhip Funding (ALF). Approved funding is based on eligibility per the ALF Guidelines and Instructions. Awarded funds are on a first come, first served basis. Application due PRIOR to conference attendance. 

COVID-19 UPDATE

Due to CSUSM’s restriction on travel and events, we have made the difficult decision to not open applications for on-campus events for student organizations. We agree with guidance from health agencies that convening large groups of otherwise healthy people could increase the potential for infections of vulnerable populations, away from the event or conference itself.

For the 20/21 Academic Year, ASI will be offering reimbursements for students attending online, professional conferences. Additional, ASI will be providing leadership funding for recognized students organziations. The ASI Executive Vice President and professional staff members determine the allocation of these funds. ASI has allocated approximately $30,000 to ALF this year.

Application

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Approvals are based on eligibility per the ALF Guidelines and Instructions. Awarded funds are on a first come, first served basis. Application due PRIOR to conference attendance. The funding is available for conferences held between September 15 and May 28, 2021.  We will not fund any conferences after May 28, 2021. Proof of attendance for this conference must be presented no later than June 4, 2021.

Funding paid as follows:

  • One day online/virtual conference: up to $50.00 award
  • Two days or more online/virtual conference: up to $150.00 award

The applicant will receive an email noting the decision of their application.  If approved, recipients are required to submit proof of attendance, proof of payment, and a written statement to alf@csusm.edu in order to process payment for their awarded funds. Students will not receive reimbursement unless proper documentation is submitted.

Guidelines

Due to travel restrictions and safety guidelines,

  • ASI will only fund online/virtual conferences. Attendance at in-person conferences will not be approved.
  • Applicant must be a currently enrolled CSUSM student
  • No more than four students will be approved for the same conference.
  • Student may attend a conference only once per semester.
    • May apply for up two within academic year (i.e. one in fall and one in spring). Summer and winter intersession shall be considered fall semester.
  • Student will only receive funds upon submit of proof of attendance and written statement.
  • Incomplete applications will be denied, at the discretion of the ASI Executive Vice President.

Provisions of California Assembly Bill No. 1887

Effective September 27, 2016, California Assembly Bill No. 1887 prohibits ASI from approving a request for ASI-funded or ASI-sponsored travel to any state that, after June 26, 2015, has enacted a law that:

  • Voids or repeals or has the effect of voiding or repealing, existing state or local protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; or
  • Has enacted a law that authorizes or reflects discrimination against same-sex couples or their families, or on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, as specified, subject to certain exceptions.

This prohibition currently extends to the following states: Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. This list may be subject to change.  

Due Dates

Application must be submitted at least 72 hours prior to the conference start date and time. Application must be submitted prior to attendance.

How Reimbursements Work

You must be approved to receive funds prior to submitting proof for reimbursement. Upon submitting your application, you will receive notice of approval with 5-7 business days. This notice will include information of how to seek reimbursement.

For Online/Virtual Conferences

Within 10 days of attending the conference, you must submit the following documents to ALF@csusm.edu:

  1. Proof of attendance (name badge, agenda, etc.),
  2. Proof of purchase of conference registration (including cost)
  3. Typed statement about the conference. The written statement must be original (no duplicates) and must describe how the conference was beneficial to your personal and/or professional development and any skills or insights you gained.
  4. Photos of the conference if you took any. Your photos and written statement might be used on the ASI website for ALF promotional material.