The University of Michigan IFC Executive Board condemns the actions that took place at the nation’s Capitol on Wednesday, January 6th 2021. We firmly stand against political violence of any kind and recognize the peaceful transition of power as most critical to a free and fair democratic process. This act of insurrection is not reflective of the vision we share for our country, and we mourn those citizens and officers killed and injured during the horrific events that occurred.
Additionally, we would be remiss not to bring attention to the inequitable response of law enforcement and politicians to these violent acts when compared with peaceful protests for other causes, particularly social justice movements. We call for the fair treatment of people of color by law enforcement. Black Lives Matter.
Below are some resources open to any students struggling during this time. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the IFC President Jasper Scheiber at his email email@example.com.
- Wolverine Support Network: a student-led peer support program developed by Central Student Government leaders in collaboration with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
- Democracy & Debate Resources: upcoming events, free courses, and resources for the 2020 election and beyond
- Pathways to Civic Engagement: read more here or listen to this podcast
- Maize Pages: join one of 700+ Activism, Governance, or Service/Service Learning student organizations
- Students outside Michigan: support for students engaging with U-M virtually this semester
- Tele-counseling by CAPS: virtual appointments available during Winter Break
- Happenings @ Michigan: university-wide events calendar
Additionally, there is the MLK Symposium on January 18th with the theme “Where Do We Go From Here?” There are numerous events and opportunities from this Symposium through March, and we’d encourage you to look into them here.