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that they can be admitted to uni-
"It helps if you see someone
closer to you and they're able to
-achieve this," he said.
Conner Sandefur, a member of
the Chickasaw Nation of Oklaho-
ma and co-chair of Native Ameri-
can Students Association, said the
affirmative action ban has a mark-
edly different effect on prospec-
tive Native American students.
"With the history of native stu-

dents and the University, there
certainly is that challenge unique
to native people," he said, refer-
ring to a conflict between the Uni-
versity and the Saginaw Chippewa
Indian Tribe of Michigan over
ancestral remains currently in the
University's possession.
"We understand that Proposal 2
presents new challenges for us and
I think as we move forward this
summer and into the fall our dis-
cussions with the faculty and with
different offices on campus, that
we're doing our best with the situ-
ation we're in," Sandefur said.
Sandefur said NASA won't be

changingits recruitm
the wake of the affir
ban. The group will
high school counse
Native American hig
dents to campus to
college fairs abou
admissions, finan-
cial aid and Native
American events
on campus during
Native American
Heritage Month in
LSA senior
Rachel Moore,
academic chair
for Intellectual
Minds Making
a Difference,

nent efforts in nizes campus tours. The goal is
mative action to allow prospective students to
still contact envision themselves on campus
lors to bring and hear about college life from
h school stu- the group's members, she said.
attend pre- "We simply try to improve their
t University overall ideaof college ingeneral, as
well as support-
ing the Univer-
sity of Michigan
The goal is to by encouraging
those students
allow students to make the Uni-
versity of Michi-
to see themselves gan their No. 1
choice," Moore
on campus. said in an e-mail
Sanders said
the admissions

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a campus community service
organization that tutors under-
represented minority students
in Detroit, said that the ban on
affirmative action is an obstacle
that her group will work hard to
Moore said IMMAD organiz-
es weekly ACT-prep and men-
toring sessions, hosts sleepovers
at the University and orga-

office will also encourage minor-
ity-focused organizations to
expand beyond their target popu-
lations in recruitment efforts.
While Sanders said she appreci-
ated the work organizations were
doing with small groups of middle
and high school students, her
office was encouraging them to
work with types of students they
haven't traditionally reached.

"Student organizations have
a mission statement that specifi-
cally has goals that might be more
narrowly focused, and we want to
make sure that they have a broader
focus to reach a greater variety of
students," she said.
Sanders said the admissions
office urged groups that make
phone calls to students accepted
from Detroit schools to also con-
tact students from districts across
the state.
Kenia Ruiz, who is also on the
executive board of the Latino
Students Organization, said that
efforts to recruit minority high
school students won't come at the
expense of supporting minority
students already on campus.
She said the group will contin-
ue to maintain a sense of cultural
unity and belonging that the LSO
and its programs have provided to
Latino students in the past.
Soto said that while the affir-
mative action ban has lowered
the number of underrepresented
minority students on campus, its
effects won't be entirely negative.
"Before Proposal 2, there was
a sense of, 'you're only here
because of affirmative action,"'
Soto said, referring to the affir-
mative action ban. "Now, that
can't be said."
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