The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 30, 2004 - 7
M INO R of 1246 voters - said they would choose
either a minor or a concentration in inter-
Continued from page 1 national relations if offered.
ports the creation of the minor, but added "It was kind of a really shocking thing
that he hopes LSA will eventually create for us to see that over two-thirds of stu-
an international relations concentration. - dents who took part in the last LSA Stu-
"My own personal view is that we dent Government election would take
ought to have both," Tessler said. "We some sort of an international relations
shouldn't limit ourselves to only thinking program," Ford said.
about a minor." Butler said she has met with Horton
Horton said if LSA were to create an and other administrators many times
academic concentration in international over the last year to promote implementa-
relations, it would require an entirely new tion of the international relations minor.
department. "We're aware that that's a stu- "It's been a very slow process, but things
dent interest, and at this point we're enthu- are moving," she said.
siastically working with them to support "Our role is just pushing it forward,
the launch of a minor," Horton said. and we've been doing that," Ford said.
Tessler recently met with LSA-SG rep- LSA's Academic Relations Commit-
resentatives to discuss the International tee is working with the Michigan Student
Institute's role in the international rela- Assembly's Academic Affairs Commit-
tions program. He said he suggests LSA tee to invite speakers for a symposium
should look outside its own college for about international relations, Butler said.
courses applicable to the minor, suggest- She said the symposium would take place
ing the School of Public Policy and the in the winter term and would help publi-
Business School as possibilities. cize the international relations minor.
He added that the International Institute Budget cuts are not expected to ham-
would be open to housing the department. per the minor's creation, Horton said,
"We're happy to participate in a conversa- especially because LSA will be using
tion about what's the best place for it and existing courses for the minor.
that might include us as well," he said. "It's of course possible that in the
In another show of student support for future the faculty may be interested in
the international relations minor, a major- developing one or more courses for the
ity of LSA students voting in the recent minor. This could potentially require
student government elections - 857 out new funding," Horton said.
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first, the students would still have to learn English
anyway. This will only delay the process - anyone
who comes to the University with mediocre English
skills can't succeed either way."
But LSA senior Harlyn Pacheco, co-chair for the
Latino student group La Voz Latina, said the Spanish
resources will have a positive impact on campus.
"I think that the growth of services and resources are
really important for this organization and others on this
campus," Pacheco said. "This could really help in mak-
ing the Latino population at the University feel more
The University has implemented the Alma pro-
gram, a student-organized orientation for Latino
students and their families now in its fourth year.
Students are informed about the various academic
and social resources that are offered to Latino stu-
dents. For example, students are informed about cer-
tain study habits that would help them succeed at the
Latino Studies Prof. Catherine Benamou said the
Alma program is important in the Latino students'
adjustment process. "A lot of these students and par-
ents of students don't know how American universities
work since the students are first generation college-
goers," she said. "If we show them that they can feel
welcome, then we will be able to maintain or even
expand our Latino population."
Benamou said the Alma program gives useful
information to the students and their families. She
also said the program serves as a way for people to
ask questions in a situation where they might feel
more comfortable than in a general orientation set-
ting. Benamou said this will also aid them in feeling
welcome at the University.
The University has also recently created its Span-
ish language gateway website. The website can help
parents and students prepare for college, and it can
help them learn what to expect from the University,
There are various links that are available on the Span-
ish website that are not immediately apparent on the Eng-
lish website. For example, there is a direct link to several
Pacheco said the transition process for Latino stu-
dents into the University can be complex.
"One thing that Latinos have to deal with is their iden-
tity," he said. "It is very hard for them to feel comfortable
in this type of environment because most Latinos come
from an environment that is mostly Latino. The transition
could be very hard."
But Gutierrez said she believes changes need to be
made to the current programs for Latino students. "What
the University currently offers for the Latino popula-
tion through student organizations and the Multi-Ethnic
Student Affairs is at its maximum," she said. "In the
future, I believe that the University needs to increase its
staffing with certain programs and make several other
changes with staffing."
Last year, several students in La Voz Latina advocat-
ed for a Latino coordinator in MESA as part of a coali-
tion, Student Voices in Action, that pushed for increased
funding for student services, criticized the University for
not hiring a Latino coordinator. The office hired Angela
Munoz over the summer.
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