The executive committee has issued the following report for the November 28, 2023 Assembly Meeting:
Upcoming Events: Operation Graduation, Intern Bonding Event (12/2, 5-7pm, Wolverine Rm.),
Chill Out (Winter Wellbeing, 11/30, the Diag), Finals Week Wellness
Programs and Events:
To fundraise for our student scholarships, we have planned a Giving Tuesday initiative with the Union Panda Express and the Union Sweetwaters. We will be tabling outside of these two from 8am-8pm (5pm for Sweetwaters) to encourage students to mention CSG with their purchase and we will receive a percentage of the profits. Sign up to help table here!
Operation Graduation Program
The Programming team is running our Operation Graduation distribution. Through this program, students have the opportunity to receive free graduation gowns, which will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. This year, the Programming team will be distributing gowns in sustainable packages! Barnes and Noble is giving us a 15% discount, and we will be able to cover the costs for 60 Bachelors and 20 Masters gowns! Students have been communicated with and will have until Thursday to pick up their gowns using vouchers.
Policy Advisor for Affordability and Accessibility Emily Ryan is running our recycling programs for calculators and test prep books. Outreach has additionally been done to the professional fraternities on campus, specifically for test prep materials for our textbook shelf.
"Chill Out": winter-themed well-being day - Thursday, November 30th
The Programming team is preparing for “Chill Out,” a Winter-themed wellbeing day taking place this Thursday, November 30th on the Diag from 6-10pm. The goal for this event is to advertise wellness resources and wellbeing student groups on campus and encourage taking time for self-care as finals come up. We have connected with MDining leadership as well as Zero Waste U-M to make sure we are being intentional about sustainability during this event.
Vice President Bipasha Ray’s High-Risk Planning Student Sub-Committee is preparing a pitch document to push for further access of nightcaps and test strips in strategic areas to promote and normalize personal safety. They are also putting together a student survey to further research the opinions and needs of students on campus.
Policy Advisor on DEIJ Nneka Obiekwu is in the initial stages of planning outreach toward student organizations concerning the University’s rollout of their new DEI 2.0 Plan. She has connected with MESA to work with their Black History Month planning committee on programming for January. More details to come!
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 off-campus resources to students. To support her research on this topic, she has rolled out a survey on off-campus housing experiences that we will be pushing at Chill Out. Fill it out here!
Policy Advisor on Mental Health and Wellbeing Aditi Vijendra is working on refreshing the existing CSG resource guide on wellbeing resources. These will additionally be distribute during Finals Week, as part of our Finals Week Wellness initiative.
Policy Director Gwen Tatara, along with Bipasha and intern Lidia Cappelletti, have met with the Princeton Review and are finalizing details of a partnership. This will enable students to receive discounted materials, free consultations, and two free events each semester targeted at pre-professional students. They are working on getting an agreement with Princeton Review approved by Procurement and are deciding the next steps for partnerships with UWorld, Blueprints, Kaplan, and Seven Sages.
SMPSEC is working with various organizations on campus, including WORTH, to see how CSG can support education about contraceptive use and accessibility, as well as conducting research on the possibility of a vending machine that includes wellness materials.
SMPSEC intern Ananya Patil has begun to meet with SAPAC, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center at U-M, on a weekly basis, and we are excited about continuing to support their initiatives.
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).