ASUC to dedicate senate chambers to Courtney Brousseau

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The ASUC Senate Inter-semester Committee passed a resolution renaming the senate chambers after UC Berkeley alumnus Courtney Brousseau, who served as ASUC chief communications officer and chair of the ASUC Student Union Board of Directors.

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The ASUC Senate Inter-semester Committee met Wednesday and passed four resolutions, including one to rename the senate chambers in Eshleman Hall to the Courtney Garg Brousseau Chambers.

The Courtney Brousseau resolution came after UC Berkeley and ASUC alumnus Courtney Brousseau died in May. Written by Brousseau’s mother and siblings and co-sponsored by more than 200 campus students, the resolution outlines Brousseau’s achievements and legacy and dedicates the senate chambers to him.

During his time in the ASUC, Brousseau served as the chief communications officer and then chair of the ASUC Student Union Board of Directors, according to the resolution.

The resolution states that he “transformed the branding and outreach strategies of the ASUC” and “shaped the role of ASUC Student Union Chair into one that centered transparency and accessibility.”

Brousseau’s impact, however, goes beyond just his accomplishments, according to the resolution.

“To know Courtney Garg Brousseau, you must believe that life is about love,” the resolution states. “In his life, Courtney understood what it meant to keep himself open to love, hope and gratitude.”

Through this resolution, the senate’s Inter-semester Committee dedicated the senate chambers on the fifth floor of Eshleman Hall to Brousseau and asked the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union to affix signage to represent the change. The resolution also requests that the UC Berkeley Space Assignments and Capital Improvements Committee formally recognize this dedication.

The bill passed without objection after receiving edits.

During the meeting, the Inter-semester Committee introduced two bills: one supported the suspension of the cancel for nonpayment policy for the fall semester and another would condemn President Donald Trump’s administration for rolling back civil rights provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

The senate also passed resolutions to allocate stipends to new ASUC positions and to include the chief grants and scholarships officer position in the ASUC’s appointed officers document, which was created in May.

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