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Student Government Elections: Wolverines for Change

April Marvin, Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Wolverines for Change via Instagram.


Student Government elections are this week. Students can cast their votes beginning Wednesday, March 29 at 9 a.m. until Thursday, March 30 at 9 p.m. On Wednesday morning, students will receive an email that includes the link to vote for Presidential, Vice Presidential, and Senator candidates.



The Wolverines for Change Party, led by Presidential candidate Darena Matti and Vice Presidential candidate Jana Rida, has a mission of “creating a campus environment that fosters inclusivity, equity, and accessibility for all students looking to make UM-Dearborn their home.”

As current Student Government president, Matti plans to continue her work to make campus safe and welcoming to meet the needs of all students. She has put in hours collaborating with administrators and faculty and does not plan to stop that important work.


Rida is no stranger to hard work either, as she was the previous Director of Inclusion, in addition to being a first-generation Arab American woman in biomedical engineering. She understands the importance of being a voice for her peers.

Together, Matti and Rida plan to strengthen the campus community. Their goals center on facilitating partnerships between the Dearborn community and campus to create an environment that attracts and retains talent and resources.

The Wolverines for Change have outlined their plans via Instagram which cover goals for both academics and students.


Some of these include:

  • Expanding the Go Blue Guarantee to include graduate students.

  • Allocating more efforts to students in COB and CEHHS.

  • Creating a textbook bank for students.

  • Ensuring student input is heard in school renovations.

  • Raising awareness of the support systems on campus from Dearborn Support to the Wolverine Mentor Collective.

To read more about Matti and Rida, visit the election website or Wolverines For Change’s Instagram.

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