The University of Michigan Central Student Government convened via Zoom Tuesday night to discuss speaker and vice speaker appointments after LSA junior Sam Braden’s removal last week.
Engineering junior Carla Voigt, previous vice speaker, was confirmed as speaker of the Assembly. Voigt, who was unopposed, said she hoped to be a resource for the Assembly members as they worked to better the University.
“I will not take this position lightly and I am willing to put in the work to make the Assembly run efficiently and productively,” Voigt said. “I hope that (the 10th Assembly) can become an assembly that encourages each other to positively impact our community.”
Engineering senior Ashton Doyle, who ran unopposed, was confirmed as vice speaker of the Assembly.
“I really look forward to working with Carla,” Doyle said. “It’s really cool to have a fellow female engineering student to work with, so I’m very excited.”
Levi Todd, director of foreign outreach for the University of Michigan-Flint student government, presented a report about a “Day of Action” being held on the campus. The event includes the mobilization of 300 volunteers canvassing 21,000 homes in Flint, spreading awareness about voting rights. The event will be held on Oct. 17, and all volunteers will be following U-M public health guidelines.
“It is time for students to come together to fight for Flint and to put Flint first. I’m asking you guys to stand with your satellite campus,” Todd said. “I don’t know if you guys remember but in 2016, President Trump won in Michigan by 10,000 votes. There are enough people in the city of Flint to sway an entire election.”
The Assembly also discussed a Law School mentor program that aims at connecting pre-law students with current law students. The program is modeled after the University’s incoming Michigan peer mentorship program, which connects incoming first-year students with upper-level student mentors. The Assembly voted to allocate $144 from the Legislative Discretionary Fund toward the program.
The Assembly voted to indefinitely postpone a resolution to better define the role of speaker and vice speaker of the Assembly.
The Assembly also confirmed LSA sophomore Grace Haubert as Chair of the Commission on Environment & Sustainability, Public Health junior Nithya Arun as Senior Policy Advisor on Academic Affairs, LSA senior Sidney Aloisi as Chair of the Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Survivor Empowerment Commission and LSA sophomore Sophie Greenberg as Civic Engagement Commission Chair.
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