2017-18 Student Government Priorities
Implementation of a “Parking App”
Research the creation of a program allowing students to use dining “flex” dollars in local businesses
Further work and the details regarding the renovation of the Rec/IM
Seek the continued furtherance of the 10 Point Plan, specifically, the reformation of the general education requirement for more culturally competent courses.
Continue the difficult dialogue on the reform and altered ways of conducting athletics
Investigate the current action plans devoted to student retention
Expansion upon current programming dedicated to attention towards Sexual Assault and Mental Health
Keep steadfast on students’ drive towards a more sustainable EMU.
Find ways to install and fund the access to health and hygiene products in campus facilities such as restrooms
Maintain efforts to unite the Ypsilanti community and Eastern through programming through local school, off campus flex, and discovering avenues for local student philanthropy
1. Implementation of a “Parking App”
Eastern Michigan University is over a 70% commuter based campus. Therefore, projects need to be researched to better the student experience of these students, along with any EMU constituent with a vehicle. With collaboration from the Parking Dept. and the College of Technology, we seek to create an app that will allow for any commuter to better see where parking is and is not available – reducing wait times and making campus more efficient.
Steps from here: Work with Susan Pollay - Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority as a resource of knowledge, Finalize details with Dieter Otto – Director of Parking under Physical Plant, Provost Longworth for administrative support, Prepare for possible changes to an upcoming contract if parking were to be privatized, Conduct Geospatial research on further transportation initiatives beyond parking
2. Research the creation of a program allowing students to use dining “flex” dollars in local businesses
This furthers community relations that have been sought after from Student Government in the past and creates a new incentive for students to spend more time on campus and in the community. With student spending more time in the area, this will bring an increased money flow to local businesses by having more traffic through their doors and furthering student life by having more people to cater towards.
Steps from here: Build relationships with businesses from Depot Town and Cross Street, Create a blueprint of the process with Chris Yeadon of Dining, Investigate contract details for EMU ID’s, and find untapped potentials with Vice President Phillips of Student Affairs to enhance the experience.
3. Further work and the details regarding the renovation of the Rec/IM
We are committed to furthering the progress made by Student Government and University officials in the past, of this 5 floor, 188,000 square foot facility. For the Rec to be renovated, we must continue to work with Washtenaw County to receive public and monetary support, along with gaining support through private donors as well, to open the Rec up to the local Ypsilanti community as well.
Steps from here: Meet with private donors and reach out to new ones, Work with the County to bring the community in, Discuss details with Bryan Kulpa for design specifics, Negotiate with Dan McLean and the new Athletic Director Athletics and the Championship Building Plan to include upkeep and renovations of Bowen Field House and the Warner Building.
4. Seek the continued furtherance of the 10 Point Plan, specifically, the reformation of the general education requirement for more culturally competent courses
Eastern is at a crossroads in its perspective towards diversity and inclusion. Student Government is dedicated towards finding ways that truly seek to include all identities but also educate for that is what our purpose here at EMU is, to be educated. We therefore, want to continue the 10 Point Plan and its demand for a general education course that recognizes the many intersectional ties of our student’s social identities.
Steps from here: Create new methods of implementation through the Provost’s office, and Michael Tew of the General Education Department and the President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion.
5. Continue the difficult dialogue on the reform and altered ways of conducting athletics
Athletics is an integral monetary part of the University. But with banners that read “Education First”, Student Government is committed to building a relationship with the Athletic Dept. so the entirety of the student body that are all focused on an education can be direct and explicit beneficiaries of future athletic success.
Steps from here: Further conversations and relationships with the developmental department of Athletics to investigate new ways of making and marketing the Championship Building Plan catered towards all students. Establish grounds to include Bowen in the plan, when athletics moves the majority of its sports.
6. Investigate the current action plans devoted to student retention
An increasing number of marginalized communities have students here at Eastern that do not complete their degree here. So when Student Government is for representing our students, we need to ensure that the students we seek to represent, have the resources and support available to stay and receive a quality education.
Steps from here: Work with Provost Longworth and Center for Diversity and Community Involvement to find new ways of funding current retention efforts, Open new lines of communication with similar schools to see other efforts in creating low drop out and high graduation rates.
7. Expansion upon current programming dedicated to attention towards Sexual Assault and Mental Health
Sexual assault continues to be an issue across college campuses in the nation, and mental health is becoming more and more of a known part of everyday life. Yet both of these states of being are often forgotten when entering the classroom, so SG is pressed on furthering the awareness and normalization of conversations mental health, and understanding of sexual health. So that when it affects a student’s ability to perform, instructors know why.
Steps from here: Continue to speak to the Faculty Senate and its understanding of progressing student needs within the classroom, Along with working with the Provosts office to implement more cultural understanding of the role mental and sexual health plays in the classroom.
8. Keep steadfast on students’ drive towards a more sustainable EMU
Eastern is already making substantial strides with its installation of a new turbine in the heating facility, but our push for sustainable initiatives should not stop there. The renovating and construction of building should all be make with as many sustainable initiatives as possible. Additionally, Student Government is steadfast in its drive to find small scale advancements that can have a lasting impact on campus.
Steps from here: Look to build new connections with outside partners. Continue work with John Donnegan on post-turbine installation goals, have the Student Government Sustainability Commission continue its work on finding grassroots vehicles towards environmental initiatives.
9. Find ways to install and fund the access to health and hygiene products in campus facilities such as restrooms
Inspired by a concerned student at Eastern, it’s been recognized that providing free condoms is under the same umbrella as free hygiene products, such as menstrual products. Yet, they are not free. Therefore, Student Government is investigating ways to fund products so these can be free across campus in all restrooms, and at least female and gender neutral locations. Providing this service will significantly increase the student experience here on campus.
Steps from here: Continue work with Ellen Gold of Student Well-Being to discover avenues to fund the access to free products in at least our female and gender neutral bathrooms, if not all. Reach out to vendors like Johnson & Johnson about partnerships to help reduce the cost
10. Maintain efforts to unite the Ypsilanti community and Eastern through programming through local school, off campus flex, and discovering avenues for local student philanthropy
Far too long, has Eastern and Ypsilanti been disconnected, and far too long has Student Government wanted to create better ties, yet fallen short. That is why we are focusing in on a Homecoming block party, revenue streams for both Ypsilanti and EMU in a joint partnership, and the newly reconstructed position for Community Engagement.
Steps from here: Further progress made by the Office of Advancement on enhancing Alumni relations, Maintaining a partnership with Jill Hunsberger on the success of a Homecoming Block Party in Depot Town, Investigate new partnerships with Ypsilanti through the Director of Community Engagement.