The executive committee has issued the following report for the January 23, 2024 Assembly Meeting:
Programs and Events:
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.
Chief of Staff Juliette Quenioux is running our Subsidized Headshot Program, which offers free professional headshots for students. We are expanding the program with extra time slots this semester, following high interest in the program. The dates have been finalized with Michigan Photography and will take place throughout the week of 2/12 and 2/19 on both Central and North Campuses. The link to register will be sent out in the February All-Campus email and distributed on our social media.
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. They’ve also started on prep for a reiteration of our Take Your Professor To Lunch program, specifically thinking about internal changes to simplify the program for students.
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 has conducted outreach to 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. It has about 500 responses so far–please fill it out here, and encourage your constituents to do so as well!
Government Relations Director Akhila Mullapudi is connecting with Turn Up Turnout (TUT) for strategic planning around the upcoming primary election. She has also worked with representatives from Dearborn and Flint student governments to investigate tri-campus transportation.
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!
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)