By TERRY LAKINS, Student Life Editor
The Student Government held a town hall meeting with Chancellor Daniel Little on Wednesday, March 16 from 12-2 p.m. at Kochoff Hall in the University Center. This meeting allowed Chancellor Little to speak on relevant issues to the students.
President of Student Government, Bradley Pischea, started the ceremony with a video about Inclusion week. The video had interviews with students and faculty talking about what they like about inclusion week, the atmosphere of the week itself and how it affects the students.
Afifah Latif, the director of inclusion for Student Government, introduced Chancellor Little. Latif was happy Chancellor Little took the time to learn about relevant issues of the students and answer their questions.
“We value our relationship with the chancellor,” Latif said. “It gives the chancellor a chance to keep a pulse with the student body.”
Chancellor Little praised all of the student organizations and students for wisdom, leadership and being inclusive. Chancellor Little said being inclusive was the only way to stop racism, sexism, religious bigotry and other issues.
“What we are creating on our campus is inclusiveness with a difference,” Chancellor Little said. “We also learn more about ourselves.”
Some of the issues Little spoke about were the hatred of the current presidential campaign, the need to replace the engineering lab and the difficulties of figuring out how to make an inclusive environment. Chancellor Little also said that becoming inclusive doesn’t have a set formula, but the need for creative thinking.
“We are on our journey of discovery,” Chancellor Little said. “This is beyond numerical representation.”
After the initial speech, students got the chance to ask the chancellor their own questions. Some of the questions asked were about the recruitment of more diverse staff, what the ideal vision of Greek Life is, and how to strengthen ties with the other U-M campuses.
Chancellor Little also said that when dealing with an insensitive faculty member, an educational approach is taken. He also brought up the concept of stereotype threat, where the slightest hint of conveying a stereotype can cause performance interference to others, even if it’s unintentional.
After the Q & A session, the audience was given a chance to talk casually with Chancellor Little in a more intimate setting. The chancellor said it filled him up with pride to connect with the students and to get to know their lives.
“We maintain our differences while learning and retaining our respect for each other,” Chancellor Little said. “We never stop having our own identities, but learn from others’ experiences.”