The Central Student Government (CSG) at the University of Michigan met Tuesday evening in a hybrid format to discuss confirmations of CSG positions, introduce the student organization Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) in Action and express support for the student organization’s recent cross-cultural event.
To begin the meeting, LSA Junior Karthik Pasupula confirmed second-year LSA Bipasha Ray as Programming Manager and LSA Junior Joyce Zhu as Vice Chair of the Student Organization Fundraising Committee. Both were confirmed unopposed.
A panel of representatives from the student organization CAPS in Action, which is affiliated with CAPS, spoke about its mission to promote student mental health through counseling and therapy, as well as other programs.
On the topic of mental health, LSA sophomore Zeina Eltahawy expressed her concerns about the lack of mental health resources at the University of Michigan.
“Even though there are resources present on campus, they are very difficult to access and when you access them, it is a very long process, and because there are so many people in this university, it is so difficult to provide access or provide resources for everyone,” Eltahawy said.
LSA freshman Quincy Tressel reported that about 83% of students at the University have mild to severe difficulty staying motivated for class, and about 66% of them have difficulty sleep. These statistics, she said, are higher than expected, and in addition to individual counseling sessions, CAPS also offers group therapy, crisis visits, case management, in-depth screening and counseling by peers to help those in difficulty.
Tressel said CSG can help CAPS in its efforts to improve mental health at the University by raising awareness of the on-campus resources CAPS offers students.
“I think it’s just important to raise awareness,” Tressel said. “A lot of people don’t know all that CAPS has to offer. Many people are only familiar with counseling sessions. But as we talked about today, there are apps, group therapy, and more. So I think more awareness, in general, would help CAPS and CAPS in action. »
LSA junior Jarek Schmanski then proposed an amendment to the CSG constitution that would change the procedures for nominating vacant assemblies.
“Essentially we just made some minor adjustments,” Schmanski said. “Most notably, we added a clause that specified that any candidate for office would have to meet the same background as we would expect for someone running for office. Namely, it would mean that they are currently enrolled in the degree-granting unit they hope to represent.
The amendment was adopted unanimously.
The meeting then turned to the concerns of the community. CSG hosted a cross-cultural event last Sunday where student organizations presented various representations of their cultures and shared food with each other. Young engineer Maria Fields, one of the organizers, said she was happy with the event and hopes it will continue in the future.
“It went well,” Fields said. “I think ever since CSG sponsored (the event), I figured I’d let you all know how it went. It was exciting, and I hope to do something like that again, and I think everyone had a great time, at least from what I could tell.
CSG Vice President Aarushi Ganguly, a public health junior, attended the event and also said she hoped to continue it.
“There were a lot of people who came out to support all the different (organizations),” Ganguly said. “It was really well done and I think there’s room for this event to continue every semester.”
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