Student Government

Welcome to Student Government!

The University of Michigan-Flint Student Government is a diverse group of individuals committed to empowering the student body through advocacy, policy change, and programming in the students’ best interests, needs, and welfare.

The Council’s devoted team of student leaders strives to provide a positive environment that encourages academic and personal growth among their peers through communal activities. The Council places an emphasis on building strong student leaders, respecting shared campus settings, and role modeling responsibility within the University community. Serving as a liaison between the students and faculty, staff, alumni, and administration; the Council continues to help the University grow and move forward with a student minded perspective.

The Student Government deeply believes in and is dedicated to the quality of student life at University of Michigan-Flint. Diligently serving with integrity, honor, and enthusiasm while always aware of our university’s proud tradition of academic excellence. We advocate for all of our constituents with respect to individual differences which may include, but are not limited to: age, cultural background, disability, ethnicity, family status, gender presentation, immigration status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and veteran status.

Student Government Statement on Atlanta Spa Shootings

To our fellow Wolverines:

We write to you with heavy hearts as we offer our deepest condolences to all of those who lost loved ones in the recent Atlanta Spa Shooting. This act of violence was clearly targeting Asian-American women in their workplace. All too often, aggression that stems from white supremacy and misogynistic ideals, makes its way into community safe spaces and wreaks havoc. As your Student Government it is our duty to address these tragic moments and call for unity among the student body. As a campus community we must stand against all forms of intolerance and provide solace in a time of grieving.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak more and more political rhetoric and media coverage has created a dialogue that attempts to justify xenophobia and racism towards Asian-Americans. It is not a coincidence that this rhetoric has coincided with the rise in hate crimes against this demographic. An example of this was a statement made by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s office when Capt. Jay Baker attempted to rationalize the actions of the murderer by saying he had “a really bad day” before the shootings. Media and law enforcement agencies must be held accountable to report on racial violence in an equitable way. Justifying the attacks of domestic terrorists is a symptom of white supremacist culture and needs to be addressed, as the victims and their loved ones are the most deserving of our sympathy.

It is also important for us to view this tragedy from an intersectional lens. We must acknowledge that many of the victims were Asian-American women, and understand how their identity as Asian-Americans and as women were simultaneously targeted. As the hashtag #stopasianhate continues to trend on our social media, we must be aware this is an issue of racism as well as sexism. As individuals we should be aware of our own multiple and intersecting identities and denounce bigotry and hatred in all of its forms.

At a recent event a student spoke up and said that activism goes beyond releasing statements and that could not be more true. As an organization it is our responsibility to stand with our student body; the Student Government at the University of Michigan-Flint will not be silent on matters that target any demographic, not only in words but through our actions. Our Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will be working with the Director of the Intercultural Center to create a comprehensive plan to better serve all students. It is our responsibility to speak out against all forms of targeted violence and create equitable solutions for our community. Our work to continue to combat systemic racism and sexism as a nation and as a community is ongoing.

Rest in peace Delaina Ashley Yaun, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Julie Park, Hyeon Jeong Park, Paul Andre Michels, and those whose names have not yet been released.

In solidarity,

Samantha Uptmor
President

Carl Grolle
Vice President

Omar Elnour
Director of DEI

Meetings

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