HeALTH

Mental Health

 

Every school across the country is dealing with understaffed and underfunded mental health resources. As the University population grows and consumption of these services continues to rise, the need for action increases. We need to ensure that we do our best supporting students' mental health needs throughout their time at Michigan, especially during the transformational but challenging first year.

  • Utilize CAPS to advertise student-side resources and plan work done by student organizations.

  • Integrate the Mental Health Task Force with independent student organization work.

  • Work with student-side mental health resources to ensure quality service to all students that addresses unmet needs and does not unnecessarily duplicate efforts.

  • Continue to push the University to allocate more money to CAPS to hire more counselors and bring our student-to-counselor ratio more in line with the University's stated goal of 1,000:1.

Physical Health

One of CSG’s first responsibilities must be to emphasize the need for the University to constantly be looking for structural ways to improve students’ physical health. Ensuring that recreational spaces and sports offerings increase with the growing University population and remain up to date is crucial to the long-term health of the University and its students. CSG must be an active partner in these efforts.

  • Ensure that the funding promised to Rec Sports for new equipment after renovations is delivered.

  • Expand locations of feminine hygiene products by rolling out free products in all new and existing gender-neutral bathrooms, as well as existing bathroom facilities on North and Central campus.

  • Get a firm University commitment on expanding UHS to North Campus to support the growing population.

  • Work with UHS to reshape student perceptions about UHS ensuring higher usage of the service and better health outcomes for students.

  • Partner with UHS to promote and destigmatize STI testing on campus.

  • Expand locations for free safe sex items to ensure the broadest access possible.

  • Encourage student organizations to host sexual health-focused meetings with UHS' Sexperteam as part of the mandatory SOFC Bystander Intervention Trainings.

Sexual Violence Prevention

Last year, the University of Michigan reported 34 cases of sexual assault, the second most in the nation. The University suspects that this is due to increased rates of reporting, but 34 cases is still 34 cases too many. This issue, which has been a persistent problem on our campus and across the country, demands bold action. We need to support survivors of sexual violence and ensure that students feel educated and empowered enough to help their fellow Wolverines when they witness sexual violence. At the same time, we must guarantee that our policies adequately protect students from sexual violence and make clear the costs of not only perpetrating sexual violence, but being lax in its prevention.

  • Increase funding and awareness for SAPAC

  • Work with SAPAC and ETC to reduce the size of "Relationship Remix" and  "Change It Up" sessions and mandate more sessions for students to expose them to bystander intervention, affirmative consent, and sexual assault prevention training more often.

  • Revise the mandatory reporting requirements for student dining workers

  • Ensure availability of nurse exams post-trauma

  • Create visible support networks for allies and events centered on how to approach friends who may be victims or perpetrators

  • Promote SAPAC's role for survivors apart from their reporting duties

  • Work with Community Matters to develop a more accessible and engaging approach to sexual health and violence, especially for first-year students

  • Improve upon and increase bystander intervention trainings and survivor resources

  • Work with the Dean of Student's Office and the Center for Campus Involvement to discuss and standardize what trainings student organizations are required to do and how often they must do them

  • Modify the payment system for "Relationship Remix" facilitators to expand the volunteer pool and ensure that compensation is equitable.

Food Insecurity

In 2016, a nationwide study found that a full 20% of students at four-year universities reported having “low food security.” Michigan is not immune from these realities. We must do more to make sure that the basic needs of our students are met, chief among them being access to food. It is a grave injustice for any student on this campus to go hungry, and we must make regular access to healthy, quality food a priority.

  • Open dining halls until midnight, as in other Big Ten Institutions

  • Ensure that fee increases in dining halls equate to improved quality of food, wage increases, and better sourcing of food

  • Better integrate and convert SNAP/Food stamps into dining dollars

  • Expand the Food Insecurity Fund

  • Create more reasonable UM Food Pantry prices

  • Bring back Food Recovery Network/Food Gatherers to every dining hall and food service facility on campus

  • Increase MFarmer’s Market offerings on campus

  • Work with Michigan Dining to offer more halal and kosher options in dining halls and on catering menus to ensure access to students observing either cultural and/or religious tradition.

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