Expect Respect Week

By AMBER AINSWORTH, Editor-in-Chief 

In support of an inclusive and respectful environment, students, faculty and staff are asked to participate in a week dedicated to respect.

According to an email sent from Student Government and Student Engagement, the week will be “focused on the respect we give, the respect we get, and our expectation of respect as a part of the University of Michigan-Dearborn community.”

As students, faculty and staff have engaged in respectful conversations already, the week will expand on that respect on campus in the wake of this year’s presidential election.

Following the election, reports of violence and harassment have spiked around the nation.

“I’ve personally faced disrespect on campus immediately following the elections,” Student Government President Fiana Arbab said, adding that the week is in response to reactions to the election around the country, not necessarily on campus.

“The University wanted to reaffirm its dedication to inclusion and respect,” Arbab said, “and create some sort of campaign that could be done immediately to address students who may feel very vulnerable post-elections.”
The week will promote respect regardless of political differences.

Chancellor Daniel Little was quoted in the email as saying, “So it is a sign of hope that we can all take pride in the quality of our university as a place that fosters mutual respect and acceptance. This climate helps to model the kind of public civility that our nation will need as we move forward. And our students are often the best ambassadors for this commitment to civility and mutual respect.”

On Tuesday, students will be able to have respectful discussions and share thoughts and feelings during Speak Out in Kochoff from noon to 2 p.m. A unity march will follow.

On Wednesday, wear an Expect Respect button that can be picked up from any Enrollment Management and Student Life Office starting Tuesday afternoon.

Also on Wednesday, the Social Justice League will be hosting a Walkout and solidarity event. Students will walk out at 3 p.m. and meet behind the University Center.

According to the walkout event’s Facebook page, it “is a national call for a walkout of all schools and universities to make demands and demonstrate student power.”

On Thursday, an Expect Respect coffee hour will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Kochoff C.

Resource guides can be picked up from the Office for Student Engagement and Student Government.