CASL students attend Lobby Day in Lansing

3/25/2019

Students enjoyed the opportunity to meet with their State Representatives and Senators and to discuss important issues.

Gov Whitmer and students
Gov Whitmer and students
Governor Whitmer meets with CASL students.

Political Science Lecturer Sheryl Edwards recently accompanied College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters students to Lansing for Lobby Day 2019, a day-long event where they heard from Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, and had the opportunity to meet with their State Representatives and Senators.

Last fall, students selected issues they wanted to discuss with their State Representatives, and then participated in a training session to prepare them for this opportunity. 

"Being able to talk to State Representatives and their staff in the Capitol building during Lobby Day was an incredible experience because it assured me that our Representatives in Lansing are approachable people who have a vested interest in talking to Michiganders about real issues," said CASL student Jordan Wohl. "It was really cool to hear Governor Whitmer speak about her plans for Michigan in the future, and I would love to be an ambassador for the state of Michigan in a similar capacity as the Representatives we met with one day." 

This event was made possible by working through the "You-Go-Lead" program and in conjunction with Henry Ford Community College, Student Government, and the Civic Engagement Coalition. A total of 125 students from UM-Dearborn, Henry Ford College, Oakland Community College, and Eastern attended this year. 

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