Creating a More Inclusive Campus

By AMBER AINSWORTH, Editor-in-Chief

In order to create and maintain an inclusive campus community at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, events centered around inclusion will take place this week and next.

In conjunction with multiple campus student organizations, Student Government planned Inclusion Week to include discussions and trainings.

According to UM-Dearborn Student Government President Fiana Arbab, the events are to “successfully train as many students as possible in evidence-based tactics to address and engage in today’s marginalizing socio-political climate, connect institutional powers (i.e. our state representatives and university administration) and raise awareness of our campus community’s perspectives on the ways we feel included and other ways we do not so much.”

Tuesday, Feb. 14

Ally Training will take place in Kochoff Halls B from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

According to the event’s Facebook, it is “training on how to create and cultivate a better environment for our LGBTQ community members.”

The event will explain terminology and differing sexualities and gender identities. Forms of LGBTQ oppression and discrimination, as well as internalized bias and prejudice will be discussed. Harassment and discrimination intervention tools will also be included.

Wednesday, Feb. 15

Bystander Intervention Training will take place in Kochoff Hall B from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center will be on campus to lead training on how to intervene in instances of gender-based violence such as sexual harassment or assault.

The SAPAC “promotes healthy relationships, teaches non-violence and equality, supports survivor healing, and fosters a respectful and safe environment for all members of the University of Michigan community.”

The SAPAC provides tools for healing for victims of assault, preventive education and other resources related to sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sexual harassment and stalking.

Monday, Feb. 20

The State of Inclusion discussion will be held in Kochoff Hall A from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Michigan Sen. David Knezek and Rep. Abdullah Hammoud will lead a discussion on inclusion in government hosted by Talent Gateway and Student Government.

Wednesday, Feb. 22

A student and faculty discussion on climate change will be held in Kochoff Halls B and C from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will include discussion about shared visions for how to make campus climate equitable and safe for people of all identities.

Thursday, Feb, 23

The Chancellor’s Townhall on Inclusion will be held in Kochoff Halls B and C from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In addition to general updates about the university as a whole, the townhall will include what the chancellor’s administration is doing to ensure all campus community members feel safe and included, as well as what will be done in the future in regards to systematic inclusion.

Students will also be able to engage with the chancellor about their concerns and perspectives, the most important part of the townhall according to Arbab.