Dear Wolverine Families,
Recently, I had the exciting opportunity to meet with U-M students for a virtual Leadership Connection event. In past years, our Center for Campus Involvement has held this leadership retreat for student organizations at Camp Michigania. This time around, we had a great time chatting on Zoom, and going virtual enabled students to join us from all across the globe. I was honored to share some of my personal “golden nuggets” of wisdom with these rising leaders, but I had just as much to learn from them as they had to learn from me. The core theme that arose from our chat? Community.
The University of Michigan leadership provides regular updates on the current campus situation and plans to keep our community safe and healthy. These include updates on the fall -- now planned to be a more traditional in-person and residential fall semester for the Ann Arbor campus -- as well as vaccines, protocols and upcoming events. If you miss any of these updates, you can view President Mark S. Schlissel’s most recent message at any time during the week. You also can stay informed on a daily basis by visiting the Campus Maize and Blueprint page.
Study Days -- Tuesday, June 21 - Wednesday June 22
Examinations Thursday, June 23 - Friday, June 24
Spring Half Term ends -- Friday, June 24
Based on new state guidance, the U-M face covering policy has been updated to allow your student and other individuals to go mask-free while outdoors on all U-M campuses.
The change updates the previous requirement — issued in July 2020 — that all students, staff, faculty and visitors wear a face covering anywhere on U-M property, including indoors, outdoors and while on U-M transportation on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses.
It is important to note that public health guidelines are still in place for Spring and Summer terms, including testing, social distancing and mask wearing. To report that your student has received a vaccination, they can follow the links on the Campus Maize and BLUEprint website for instructions on uploading your vaccination information. More details follow.
Michigan Dining is planning to have all dining halls open for dine-in and carry-out service during Fall 2021, with hours still being finalized and will be published on their website by late summer. In addition, staff are continuing to work with University and Michigan Medicine experts and partners in Housing to determine safety measures that will be in place.
Does your student know how to poach an egg? Know the best way to peel garlic? How about learning ways to make three meals out of one roasted chicken? If not, they can check out Michigan Dining’s “Kitchen Hacks” videos, posted on the Michigan Dining Facebook page and the MDining YouTube channel to find out these tips and many more.
A new initiative at the University of Michigan supports student victims and survivors of sexual assault, sexual harassment, abuse, intimate partner violence and stalking in processing their experiences. The Survivor Care Team launched in April and is a collaboration between U-M’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). The Team takes a holistic approach to healing and offers individualized support plans that can cover therapy, support or therapy groups and advocacy.
College students experience food insecurity at alarming rates. The Maize and Blue Cupboard is available to provide an immediate and comprehensive response to those needing assistance. By offering resources, educational opportunities, compassionate support and more, the Maize & Blue Cupboard helps students with the resources they need and assists them in developing the skills to make informed decisions.
Spring and summer are a great time for your student to stay active and in shape. Memberships for Recreational Sports facilities are now available for both semesters. Your student can continue to enjoy the facilities and classes offered via Rec Sports by simply logging into their account on the webstore to renew, or emailing the Members Services team at RecSportsMemberServices@umich.edu.
The Center for Campus Involvement is the central hub for U-M’s 1,600 student organizations. From your student’s first steps looking to get involved in a group through being president of an organization, CCI supports all of your student’s involvement needs. Your student can check out the Maize Pages to see a complete site with all organizations, the manual for all policies and procedures, and leadership opportunities.
Is your student looking forward to fall and getting involved in traditional campus activities again? From First Year Experience to fall welcome activities, and other campus traditions programs are being planning to make fall a special experience. While many programs were adapted for this unusual time, read on for some highlights your student can use to get the most of the campus experience.