The executive committee has issued the following report for the January 16, 2024 Assembly Meeting:
Programs and Events:
The wonderful AirBus team had over 600 students use the shuttle to and from DTW over 3 days this winter break. They are starting to prepare the spring break schedule now!
Black History Month:
Policy Advisor on DEIJ Nneka Obiekwu has connected with MESA to work with their Black History Month planning committee. We will be co-sponsoring their Black History Month programming. This year, the theme will be “Empowering Generations: Past, Present, and Future,” with a focus on Black creativity and expression. She is also working on creating a social media highlight for Black student leaders on campus. More to come!
The Programming team is running our Operation Graduation collection. They were able to advertise donations on the screens at Winter Commencement, and have communicated with those who used CSG’s service to pay it forward by donating their used gowns.
The Programming team has additionally started planning for our upcoming events, including a wellness event with CCI for Valentine’s Day and a student art fair on North Campus. These are taking place on Monday, February 12th, from 5:00-8:00pm in the Wolverine Room of the Union, and tentatively Friday, February 16th, respectively.
SMPSEC intern Ananya Patil has been meeting with SAPAC, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center at U-M weekly. We are really excited to support the work that they do, and have donated $5700, specifically in support of their CORE (Consent Outreach and Relationship Education Program), BICE (Bystander Intervention and Community Engagement), and SEAS (Survivor Empowerment and Ally Support) programs.
Vice President Bipasha Ray’s High-Risk Planning Student Sub-Committee met with stakeholders in FSL to push for further access of nightcaps and test strips in strategic areas to promote and normalize personal safety right before the break. They are also working on analyzing the results of their student survey to further research the opinions and needs of students on campus. More details on both of these soon!
Policy Advisor on DEIJ Nneka Obiekwu is in the planning stages for outreach toward student organizations concerning the University’s rollout of their new DEI 2.0 Plan. She is working on a presentation for this outreach and developing a list of relevant organizations to reach out to in the coming weeks.
Policy Director Gwen Tatara is working with Beyond the Diag to refresh their off-campus housing guide. BTD is a UM program developed to provide resources to students living off campus. To support her research on this topic, she has rolled out a survey on off-campus housing experiences that we also pushed in the December ACE. Fill it out here! Before the break, she also filmed a fireside chat about the process of finding and securing off-campus housing. Go watch it on CSG’s Instagram!
Policy Director Gwen Tatara, along with Bipasha Ray and intern Lidia Cappelletti, are waiting for Procurement to approve our agreements with the Princeton Review and UWorld, two partnerships that will allow UM students to receive discounted test prep materials and free consultations targeted at students pursuing graduate degrees. We will be releasing information on how students can take advantage of these partnerships on social media as soon as they are approved– keep an eye out!
SMPSEC is working with various organizations on campus, including WORTH, to see how CSG can support education about contraceptive use and accessibility. They have also been working with Michigan Medicine and the Post-Roe Taskforce on a vending machine that includes wellness materials. This vending machine, originally scheduled to be installed over Winter Break, has been pushed back and will be installed by the end of the month of January.
If you have any questions or would like to meet with the President or Vice President, please contact Chief of
Staff to the President Juliette Quenioux (email@example.com)