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What Does the Student Government Really Do?

Vaishali Prayag, Staff Writer

Student government saying ‘goodbye’ to the Winter 2023 semester// Photo from UM-Dearborn Student Government on Instagram

Tired of your student issues being swept under the rug? UM-Dearborn’s student government is here to help.

The student government is determined to create and promote a common voice on campus and beyond. Together as a team, they have been working towards taking initiatives and planning events that will be beneficial to UM-Dearborn students in the long run.

The team consists of enthusiastic students that work collaboratively for the well-being of the community. They have had many successful initiatives in the past and are currently planning a plethora of different activities through their motto of “[promoting] diversity, equity and inclusion,” says the student government’s speaker, Moe Sobh.

Currently, they are working with the Lebanese Student Association for an “Arabian Night”, but they also plan on working with many other organizations as the semester progresses to assist in their goals and activities. They have a democratic system where senators can vote and freely bring up their ideas and opinions.

Talking with student government is a good way to voice any issues or concerns on campus. The student government team, along with the Center for Social Justice and Inclusion, is here to ensure that everyone is taken into account and assure no one goes unheard.

In order to make this happen, Moe Sobh says that Amrita Karwa, their Director of Inclusions is “always on stand-by” for those in need.

Student government seeks to resolve common student complaints, such as:

  • The lack of a 24-hour study spot on campus. Liaising with the facilitators, they have been trying to come up with a way to solve this issue as soon as possible.

  • The lack of a public transportation to easily access the UM-Ann Arbor campus. The idea of a bus to travel between UM-Dearborn and Ann Arbor has been in discussion to resolve this issue.

Additionally, the team has also been helping graduate students with MCAT and LCAT by hosting mock trials and providing different resources that would help prepare them for finals.

All of the decisions are a collective effort with the president of student government. A Google Form is available to students who want to work through an issue anonymously. Moe says that students should always feel free to reach out because the UM-Dearborn student government may be able to solve your issue.

The organization’s good flow comes in part from their several communication methods. Internally, they use WhatsApp as a way to exchange information, but externally, they make good use of different social media platforms, such as Instagram and Facebook. They also use word of mouth from professors and the Office of Student Life to spread the word.

They also hold weekly meetings – which are open to the public! They take place on Mondays at 5 p.m. in Kochoff Hall A.

The student government is here to help! They have a Senator Petition form and a Campus Complaint Form that are available on VictorsLink.

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