The executive committee has issued the following report for the January 30, 2024 Assembly Meeting:
Take Your Professor to Lunch, Operation Graduation, Black History Month programming, Valentine’s Day Wellness Event (Wolverine Rm., 2/12 5:00-8:00pm), Subsidized Professional Headshots (Week of 2/12, 2/19), Student Art Fair (North Campus, tentatively 2/16), Go Blue Goes Green (2210 ABC, 3/9 & 3/10)
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, which will be promoted in our All-Campus email this week.
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 this week and distributed on our social media.
Valentine's Day Wellness Event:
The Programming team is working on holding a wellness event with the Center for Campus Involvement for Valentine’s Day. This event will be taking place on Monday, February 12, from 5:00-8:00pm in the Pendleton room of the Union. We are also working with student organizations that are focused on student wellness, including WSN, Letters of Love, CAPS in Action, the Spectrum Center, and Wolverine Wellness.
Hearts and Crafts:
The Programming team is also planning a student art fair on North Campus called ‘Hearts and Crafts’. This will be taking place on Thursday, February 15, from 3:3–5:30pm in the Piano Lounge of Pierpont. They are working with Zero Waste UM to implement sustainable waste-reduction initiatives at the event, and connecting with local charities for the activity tables at the event.
Go Blue Goes Green:
The Programming team is working on a reiteration of our popular Go Blue Goes Green event, our free campus thrift store. This will be taking place on Saturday, March 9 from 10:00-6:00pm and Sunday, March 10 from 10:00-4:00pm in the 2210 ABC room of the Union. They are working on expanding the reach of the program, and have connected with apartment complexes, RHA, and Panhel.
Operation Graduation is up and running again this semester! Through this program, students have the opportunity to receive free graduation gowns, which will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Interest forms will be sent out this week in our February All-Campus email. This semester, we are rethinking the operations of this program–we will be doing a free “rental” system to bolster the re-use of the gowns and build up a running inventory of gowns for semester-over-semester use.
Take Your Professor to Lunch:
Take Your Professor/GSI to Lunch is also starting back up this semester! This program provides vouchers for free lunch for a group of up to four students and at least one professor or GSI. This semester, we are offering 60 lunches. The interest form for this is also going out in the All-Campus email this week. Our programming intern, Max Stefanski, has been working with members of the University Union staff to make this program smoother for participating students and CSG staff alike.
Vice President Bipasha Ray’s High-Risk Planning Student Sub-Committee met with stakeholders in FSL to push for further access to nightcaps and test strips in strategic areas to promote and normalize personal safety right before the break. They are attending FSL & Panhel leadership meetings in the next few weeks to plan for the creation of a nightcap pilot program, and are researching the best ways to advocate for the creation of a city ordinance for the bar portion of the program. Additionally, the results of their student survey, which received over 500 responses, showed that students were excited about CSG pursuing these projects!
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 is working on establishing contacts and connecting with student organizations to plan a town hall with relevant University stakeholders.
Policy Advisor on Affordability and Accessibility Emily Ryan met with the Director of Accessibility last week. Emily and her commission, the Disability Empowerment and Advocacy Commission, are very excited to work with the Adaptive Sports group on programming this semester. They are also connecting with the Accessibility research coordinator to use existing data to inform future initiatives. Emily’s intern, Katie Rose, is also working on the Accessibility portion of CSG’s Resource Guide, updating resources and reformatting it to make it more digestible for students.
Policy Advisor on Sustainability Brandon Cooper is meeting with MDining leadership about including more variety of inclusive options in the dining halls. He is also working on planning a plastic bag drive and has connected with SCANN, the Student Carbon Neutrality Network on the creation of an orientation and education model for sustainability.
Our Finance team is starting to work on improving outreach to companies to increase user subscriptions and benefits to offer UM communities as a whole.
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!
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