Good afternoon members of the Sacramento State Community,
My name is Noah Marty and I am your newly elected President of Associated Students, Incorporated (ASI) here at Sacramento State. I was sworn in last Thursday and began my term faced with the two challenges that have greatly impacted members of our campus community— COVID -19 and the tragic events that occurred in Minneapolis. I had intended to wait to introduce myself to our student body once I had settled into the role, but after what has occurred these past few days that moment is now.
As a Political Science student that is actively engaged in the campus community since coming to Sacramento three years ago, the prevalence of systemic racism in many of the institutions in this country is not something we are just now becoming aware of. These systemic structures of racism have existed as long as our country has. George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless other names, including Stephon Clark right here in our own community, all were killed in racially motivated incidents that exemplify this institutional racism. It’s clear that far too often in our nation, the lives of persons of color, and especially black lives, are not valued the same as others. That is why I know that inaction or silence from your student government would speak loudly, so let me assure you now that I unequivocally believe that Black Lives Matter.
Simply stating this is not enough, and I want to promise that your student government leaders will actively seek to take action on campus. President Nelsen’s latest Sac Send laid out actions he intends for the campus to take, such as creating an anti-racism campus plan and going through our own campus policy, curriculum, and practices to ensure they too encourage and support anti-racist practices. These actions are critical to supporting our students here on campus, and I look forward to working with President Nelsen and the campus administration to ensure the student’s voice is represented when enacting these action items. Additionally, we will be looking at how best to utilize our local, state, and federal advocacy to address the issue.
As your ASI President, my role exists to represent all of our students. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me and your ASI Board of Directors about this or any other issue, and we will work to ensure that your voice is represented.
I promise you that your student government will not remain silent in the face of the important work that needs to be done in these historic times.
Noah Marty | President & CEO
Associated Students Inc. at Sacramento State
6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6011
t: (916) 278-7922 / f: (916) 278-2940