USG-GSG Joint Statement

As we embark on this new semester, the representatives of the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Governments would like to call attention to the importance of the culture and community all students participate in at Michigan Technological University. As representatives of our respective student bodies, our mission is to amplify your voices. We constantly celebrate our right to free speech and appreciate a community that inspires us to express ourselves freely.

As part of this community, it’s imperative to consider how we treat others and ensure it reflects the respect we would like in return. While we cherish and support the right to free speech, it is not a license for spreading hate or discrimination. Every member of our community, be it students, faculty, or staff, deserves respect and the security of an environment where they can feel comfortable expressing and being themselves.

Both USG and GSG are committed to nurturing a sense of belonging and community on our campus. We recognize diversity as a strength and it is our responsibility as well as every student’s to cultivate and safeguard an atmosphere that recognizes the benefits of diverse perspectives coexisting on our campus. Our collective commitment is to ensure that every student feels supported, seen, and heard here at Michigan Tech regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, economic status and other diverse backgrounds. Together, let’s take this semester to reflect, unite, and continue to foster a community we are proud to be a part of.

–USG President Mason Krause and GSG President Karlee Westrem

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