The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) through our Growing Allies Program would like to present to you the opportunity to continue your contributions in making our campus more inclusive and supporting the development of social justice allies by becoming a staff mentor for the Inaugural Growing Allies Cohort.
Fall 2014 brought new faces to Student Life and we also saw some of our fellow workers retire or move on to new jobs. We welcome our new staff and bid farewell to those that have opened a new chapter in their lives!
The University recently launched a new program, #umichchat, which is a Twitter chat between students and "experts/guests". The first two took place last semester, and the third one kicks off this Friday, January 9th, 2015. For more information about the program, please visit http://socialmedia.umich.edu/blog/2015/01/
As indicated in the Student Life email sent to staff last week, Steve Bodei and I have been charged with leading the Collective Impact efforts for MLEAD. We feel strongly that in order to effectively and efficiently move the MLEAD work forward, we need to be transparent in our process and progress. With this in mind, please find this message as our effort to be intentional and purposeful with what we have accomplished thus far and to also provide a forecast for what we envision MLEAD being in the future.
For some, winter break provides a gift of time and an opportunity to learn something new. It may also be a time when you have new electronics or gadgets in the house that may require a bit of mastering! That's where lynda.com may come to the rescue. Try a search on lynda.com for "iphone" filtered by videos, and it returns 606 results!
As Student Life approaches the Winter Break, we know that some units will be participating in university vacation and season days, while others remain operational to meet the needs of our student body. This year 12/24 falls on a Wednesday, and 1/2 falls on a Friday. With regards to whether or not units should be "closed" on either 12/24 or 1/2, we ask that you follow these guidelines.
The Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning invites Student Life offices to create bookmarks for the Ferguson Municipal Public Library. The library has served as a pillar of strength for the members of its community during a painful time, and as the Center's social justice values and work around literacy echo the library's mission, we would like to show our support.
As you know, our Collective Impact efforts in leadership education, called M-LEAD, have been under the guidance of Jackie Simpson. Jackie has been working with a team of terrific colleagues across Student Life to develop a comprehensive model for leadership education for our students. Indeed, within the past year, both Assembly and Up Close members have had an opportunity to weigh in and influence the emerging model. I'd like to thank Jackie for her stewardship and thank the team for their fine work to date!
Queer Staff in Student Life is a new affinity group open to staff who work across the University! Our plan is to have gatherings a few times each semester to foster community, conversation, networking, and social spaces. Some of the events will be intended for queer or similarly-identified staff and some will be open to all. We just launched a Google Group that anyone is welcome to join so they can stay updated on current conversations and upcoming events.
From now until April (2014),Technology Services would like to offer your office the opportunity to schedule a photoshoot of your staff, event or office. We have limited availability evenings or weekends, but let us know what you need and we'll see if we can fit it in.
We ask that you furnish a person to assist us with obtaining the photo releases at these sessions. We have the photo releases needed.
Please join us December 19th from 12-1pm for our final WISA meeting of the semester to Rejuvenate, Reflect and Replenish!Joy Pehlke (Wolverine Wellness), Megan Langille (Multidisciplinary Design Program), and Sara Saylor (Ginsberg Center) will lead us through activities to: center ourselves and rejuvenate after a long semester, reflect on what will carry us forward in 2015, and replenish our spirits by learning how to connect with community through the Little Free Library initiative.