Student Life

Volunteerism & Public Service

With over 1,400 registered organizations and clubs on campus, it has become increasingly difficult for all students to find ones that will best match their needs. We are dedicated to reforming our current recruitment programs to ensure that everyone, especially incoming students, can easily find community service opportunities. Following the model of The Big Event, a campus-wide day of community service hosted by the University of Nebraska, we will work to increase the ease of becoming more involved across campus and emphasize the importance of caring for our community.

  • Create a recurring University-wide volunteering competition

  • Build goodwill and increase communication with the broader Ann Arbor community

  • Increase the ease of finding different volunteering opportunities

  • Create listservs specifically for incoming students to find community service opportunities, and make them available during orientation

  • Organize a public service career fair for students outside of LS&A with the help of other student organizations

First-Year Experience

Transitioning to Michigan from high school or another college can be difficult for any student, and it’s important that we provide the resources and help necessary for success during these early stages. Though the retention rates of first year students are increasing every year, we must work to maintain this progress. We must also strive to create a more welcoming atmosphere for everyone, as students are more likely to succeed in a more supportive environment.

  • Create more opportunities in cohort-based programs

  • Increase career center offerings in housing for freshman including resume critiques

  • Facilitate creation of study groups and other large-group tutoring facilitations

  • Increase student awareness of different free tutoring resources such as the SLC, ELC, and IGYB

  • Expand opportunities for freshman to get involved in student organizations through expanded one-credit seminars that integrate with service-focused student organizations

  • Encourage student organization participation in the current ALA 171 "Making the Most of Michigan" course to get more freshman involved on campus sooner

Athletics

Michigan Athletics is the most visible aspect of the University of Michigan and one of the most commonly enjoyed aspects of attending the University of Michigan. Therefore, in the spirit of equity and inclusion, we must ensure that it is possible for every student to attend a Michigan athletics event, and that those events are the unique and life-changing experiences they should be.

  • Single-game Pell Grant tickets for Football, Basketball, and Hockey (like MSU).

  • Commit to zero waste for home football games by mandating the use of compostable utensils and plates by all Michigan Athletics vendors.

Student Organization Funding

As your Central Student Government, we will always advocate for groups and organizations on campus. We are here to support students in pursuing their passions and enabling everyone to make an impact in the best way possible. Student organization involvement forms a deeply important part of many students’ Michigan experiences, and we are committed to increasing funding to student organizations and making the funding process as efficient and effective as possible.

  • Advocate for greater University funding of student organizations through SOFC

  • Expand external funding requirements (institute a zero waste commitment for all events)

  • Establish a Vice Chair for Graduate and Professional Student Outreach

  • Create a joint funding group under SOFC to pilot a more streamlined funding process, in partnership with Rackham Student Government and the professional school student governments

Sustainability

Michigan does not hold a ranking in the top 50 green schools in the U.S. This should be a wake-up call to increasing our efforts to increase sustainability on our campus. A greener campus is also important for our health.  By keeping our air and water clean, the food we’re eating healthy, and our campus more environmentally friendly, we can improve the well-being of students. In the long run, having a more sustainable atmosphere will benefit our campus and reduce future costs.

  • Require student organizations to use compostable materials in order to secure SOFC funding, and make them available free of charge.

  • Work with facilities to cut down on lights left on in buildings after midnight

  • Work with the University to develop a comprehensive clean energy plan that supports the growing student population while being environmentally responsible.

  • Bring composting gardens to every dormitory, especially those with dining halls

Representation

As the 2017 DEI study demonstrated, there are still high disparities between the discrimination that different racial, ethnic, and religious groups experience. Additionally, students with disabilities are 287 percent more likely to experience discrimination, while 29.3 percent of LGBTQ students reported experiencing at least one incident of discrimination in the past year. We will represent all groups of students on campus equally to help reduce these disparities and increase diversity, as it is also vital to our education and personal growth.

  • Increase funding for minority-serving student organizations, and establish a funding formula that allows for budgets to grow as the needs of populations change.

  • Fill the CSG Assembly ex-officio seats for first-year undergraduate and graduate students, transfer students, non-traditional students, and international students.

  • Implement the ME/NA box on all internal University forms

  • Assist ALMA and increase their funding from $8,000 to $20,000

First-Generation Students

A small number of our students are first-generation students, but many have stated that they feel unwelcome, or like outsiders. We must ensure that this reality is improved. It is crucial that first-generation students have the resources and sense of community necessary to do well at Michigan. We will work hard to make sure first-generation students are able to pay for college and are familiar with the financial aid process. We will also continue to advocate for more resources to help first-generation students enjoy the full Michigan experience.

  • Create and advertise more first-generation resources and programs

  • Work with University administration to expand the Go Blue Guarantee

LES

The Leadership Engagement Scholarship represented a transformational moment on our campus. For the first time, student organization leaders on this campus were offered compensation for their work improving our campus and growing the reach and visibility of Michigan. But this is only one step on the road to tearing down the barriers that income disparities put up to students getting the most out of their time here at Michigan. We must continue to boldly walk in that proud tradition by securing greater funding for the Leadership Engagement Scholarship, doing more outreach to graduate and professional students, and ensuring that this scholarship “by students, for students” remains a fixture on our campus.

  • Work more closely with the Office of Student Life and LES award recipients to secure donations to the LES

  • Secure University support for the LES

  • Expand the number of award recipients per year

Graduate & Professional Students

Central Student Government has, historically, failed to meet the needs of graduate and professional students in its advocacy. This must change if Central Student Government is to honestly claim that it represents all 44,000 students on this campus. Structural changes are required to ensure that the voices of graduate and professional students are heard loudly and clearly, not just by Central Student Government, but by the University itself.

  • Expand childcare services and control costs or increase the child care stipend available to students with children.

  • Create a Vice Chair of Graduate Student Outreach position on SOFC to better ensure that SOFC funds are marketed to graduate students

  • Work with Rackham Student Government to create a joint funding application such that all RSG funding requests can be supplemented with CSG funds

  • Hold a joint town hall with Rackham Student Government at least once per semester

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