By Julia Kassem, Guest Writer
On Feb. 9, student leaders and faculty members assembled for the fifth annual Town Hall in Kochoff A, and for two hours, were given the opportunity to ask questions, raise concerns, and network with Student Government hosts and University of Michigan Dearborn faculty members.
The event, student organized on the efforts of Student Government, brought together students and their staff in an organized effort to discuss issues and socialize.
Vice Chancellor Stanley Henderson was no longer present as this year marks his first as a retiree. However, as Senator Kevin Landwehr put it, the event was successful in “continu[ing] to unite students and faculty.”
Tables were filled with representatives and members from campus organizations, such as the Black Student Union, in addition to fellows and Senators from Student Government.
Chancellor Daniel Little had lots to say about the diversity on campus, a force which has catalyzed as well as welcome changes on campus: “Engagement is the various ways in which our vast community, our students, staff and alumni, are involved in the community,” said the Chancellor. “We are engaged.”
The banquet style set ups adorned with e top-notch Middle Eastern food as well as gourmet desserts supplemented the aesthetics of a diverse student body that Little praised.
Student Government president Sarah Elhelou concurred with Little’s sentiments applauding the value of the diverse campus. “[Little] talked about our commitment to inclusion and how our university is working to become even more inclusive,” said Elhelou. “We are so excited to be celebrating diversity and embracing our inclusive campus.”
Some goals discussed by Chancellor Little involved ensuring students had enough for the most “innovative” and “engaging” education that matched the University’s dynamics. By proposing to aim funds, Little hoped to make sure that this “Victor’s Campaign” would be a success.
With on-campus student housing kicking off its second full year in a row—including plans too add up to 100 beds to accommodate growing residency, “inclusion” has come to define more than the eclectic demographics characteristic of campus—gaining a better understanding of changes on campus as well as integrating the endowments evident in UM-Dearborn’s student body into these changes are the purpose of this past Inclusion Week.
“This event,” said Elhelou, “was the kickoff to Inclusion Week happening this week. We are so excited to be celebrating diversity and embracing our inclusive campus.”