by Sergei Kelley
At Michigan State University (MSU), a student government bill aims to pressure university administration to hire an “undocumented student affairs” position.
“This employee shall have a designated area in order to create a safe space for undocumented students to seek support,” states the bill.
ASMSU demands the new employee be selected by a committee comprised of “students and faculty most affected by the current lack of resources and representation for undocumented students.”
Included in the bill is a statement from DreaMSU, a pro-illegal immigrant student group, which cites MSU’s one-star ranking from uLEAD (University Leaders for Educational Access and Diversity) in relation to “financial and general support for undocumented students.” The University of Michigan, Oakland University, and Grand Valley State University all received a four star rating.
In a November 2019 rally at MSU’s administration building, DreaMSU and students demanded the university to create a position dedicated to illegal students and to provide resources to non-citizens.
Months later in January 2020, MSU published an “undocumented” student resources website, with a goal to “reduce apprehension.”
To help create a more inclusive environment, MSU Provost Terese Woodruff announced in October 2020, the university’s elimination of the terms ‘foreign’ and ‘alien.’ Instead, MSU will use “non-pejorative terms that describe geography” such as ‘non-domestic’ or ‘international.’
Campus Reform reached out to the bill authors, DreaMSU, and the student government for comment; this article will be updated accordingly.
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Sergei Kelley is a Michigan Senior Campus Correspondent, reporting on liberal bias and abuse for Campus Reform. A senior at Michigan State University, he studies Fisheries and Wildlife and Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy. He has led the College Republicans and Turning Point USA chapter at MSU, helping host speaking events with Ronna McDaniel, Charlie Kirk, Cabot Phillips, Lawrence Jones, and many others. He is Editor-in-Chief to the University’s only conservative publication, The Morning Watch. The publication has had several nationally referenced stories. A former representative in the student government; Associated Students of Michigan State University, he has spearheaded efforts to place mounted American and Spartan flags across campus, open elections, increase financial transparency, and cut funding and taxes while fighting leftist legislation. He was awarded Michigan Freedom Fund’s “Freedom Fighter” award for November 2019.
Photo “Michigan State University” by Michigan State University and photo “DreaMSU logo” by DreaMSU.