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At
the
University
of

Michigan
Alumni
Center

Thursday evening, about 80
students, alumni and members
of the Ann Arbor community
attended the first event of this
year’s LatinX Heritage Month
celebrations.

Sponsored
by
prominent

Latino campus organizations
and alumni, the event featured
speakers
who
outlined

inclusivity goals and stressed
the importance of breaking
down
institutionalized

borders for their on-campus

community.

The
Office
of
Academic

Multicultural Initiatives, along
with the Office of Multi-Ethnic
Student Affairs, the Spectrum
Center
and
the
Alumni

Association are collaborating
for the second time to bring a
month of activities, including
keynote
speakers,
film

screenings, poetry readings
and other events that celebrate
Latino heritage, to campus.

This
year’s
theme
for

LatinX Heritage Month is
“Sin Fronteras,” Spanish for
“Without Borders.” Medical
student
Mayra
Gómez,

a
member
of
the
LatinX

Heritage Month committee,
said artificial borders that

When you walk through some

University of Michigan Health
system facilities, you might meet
Anna and Denver, who arrived
at UMHS this July. They work
full days and make rounds at
the hospital, visiting different
medical centers and meeting new
people.

However, the two are neither

doctors nor patients — they’re
new hospital dogs intended to
provide therapeutic services and
improve the wellbeing of patients
and staff throughout UMHS.

Denver,
a
16-month-old

Labrador-golden retriever mix,
and Anna, an 18-month-old
golden retriever, are trained
service animals cared for by Joel
Maier, Mott-certified child life
specialist and Rev. Lindsay Bona,
manager of the UMHS Spiritual
Care Department.

The dogs were purchased

to
supplement
the
existing

canine
program
at
UMHS,

through which other dogs and
volunteers from Therapaws of
Michigan have visited patients
on a requested basis since
1987. However, because those
resources are somewhat limited
due to a high demand, UMHS
has been working to expand their
canine comfort services over the
last year.

The dogs were purchased for

$30,000 each with a donation
from the Laurence Polatsch
Memorial Fund. Both Anna

and
Denver
also
received

funding from a “puppy shower”
fundraising campaign that was
held when they first arrived
to raise money for their daily
maintenance needs, such as
veterinary services and food.

The dogs received extensive

training prior to starting work
at UMHS, including more than
a year at the Canine Assistants
program
and
a
weeklong

orientation
earlier
in
the

summer with their caretakers.
At training, the dogs were
exposed to different types of
social environments — including
hospitals, grocery stores and
parks — and learned basic day-
to-day behaviors. Maier said the
goal was to teach them how to
interact with various patients and
behave in public transportation
settings.

According to the pet therapy

organization PAWS for People,

service animals and pet therapy
have a number of physical
and mental health benefits for
patients, such as lowering blood
pressure, diminishing physical
pain,
decreasing
feelings
of

alienation and reducing anxiety.
They can also motivate children
and allow them to focus more
effectively.

For similar reasons, other local

volunteers
and
organizations

At the second feedback forum

for LSA’s Diversity, Equity and
Inclusion plan Thursday night,
which focused on how the plan
relates to graduate students,
some
audience
members

expressed concerns about lack of
input students had on the plan.

The
DEI
plan
outlines

prospective
goals
for
LSA

programs over a five-year period,
including the implementation of
a variety of programs including
a diversity component of criteria
for faculty raises, more funds
for application fee waivers and
improvements in recruitment
processes for graduate students.
It is part of a larger campus-wide
effort launched by University
of Michigan President Mark
Schlissel last year.

The forums, which are slated

to address concerns from a
number of different groups in
LSA, aim to allow student input
in the revision process.

The
majority
of
the

audience
members
Thursday

night, however, were faculty
members. Among the students

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INDEX
Vol. CXXV, No. 140
©2016 The Michigan Daily

NEWS......................... 2A

OPINION.....................4A

C L A S S I F I E D S . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 A

SUDOKU..................... 2A

A R T S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 A

FOOTBALL SATURDAY..1B

See LATINX, Page 3A

SINDUJA KILARU/Daily

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, speaks at the Michigan State University Union in East Lansing Thursday.

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of

Democratic presidential nominee
Hillary
Clinton
and
former

President Bill Clinton, visited
East Lansing Thursday night
to advocate for her mother’s

campaign.

Michigan
State
University’s

chapter of College Democrats
hosted Clinton in the university’s
student union, with 200 people
were in attendance. After speaking
for 15 minutes at the public event,
Clinton
took
questions
from

several attendees.

MSU junior Dan Eggerding,

president
of
MSU
College

Democrats, said Michigan State
was honored to host Clinton. He
noted the important role such
events play in mobilizing voters,
especially at this stage in the
campaign.

“As a student at MSU, I think

it’s important that campaigns
send representatives from their

respective campaigns to get out
the vote — especially now since
the October registration deadline
is approaching,” Eggerding said.
“A huge surrogate, such as the
daughter of the former president
and hopeful next president, is a
really amazing and awesome thing
that MSU was humbled to host.”

See PLAN, Page 2A

PAUL AHNN/Daily

Joel Maier, Mott-certified child life specialist and Rev. Lindsay Bona, manager of the UMHS Spiritual Care Depart-
ment with therapy dogs Denver and Anna speak with a reporter at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Thursday.

True Blue

Shane Morris came to
Michigan as a prodigy

expected to lead the program

to glory. Instead, he has
found something bigger.

» Page 4B

michigandaily.com

For more stories and coverage, visit

See DOGS, Page 3A

See CLINTON, Page 3A

Dr.
Denis
Mukwege,
a

world-renowned gynecologist
and three-time Nobel Peace
Prize
nominee
from
the

Democratic Republic of the
Congo, spoke Thursday at the
School of Nursing about his
work helping women recover
from violent forms of rape in
his war-torn home country.

Mukwege, who established

the
Panzi
Hospital
and

Foundations
in
1999,

participated
in
a
Q&A

session with filmmaker Mike
Ramsdell, who screened his
recent film about the 20-year
civil war in the Congo, titled
“When
Elephants
Fight.”

The hospital and foundation
work to provide a full range
of health services to women in
the Congo.

Nursing Prof. Janis Miller,

organizer of the event, said she
is involved with a University
of Michigan organization that
is working in partnership with
Mukwege’s
Panzi
Hospital

in
Bukavu.
She
told
the

roughly
200-person
crowd

See SURGEON, Page 3A

LatinX event
commences
month-long
celebrations

In East Lansing, Chelsea Clinton
stresses importance of student vote

CAMPUS LIFE

Speakers discuss goals of inclusivity
and community-building on campus

NEIL SCHWARTZ
Daily Staff Reporter

MATT HARMON

For the Daily

Voter mobilization, higher education and Trump prominent topics at event

CAITLIN REEDY
Daily Staff Reporter

Graduate
students
critical of
DEI plan

ADMIN

Second discussion of
diversity initiative draws
concers about input

EMILY MIILLER
Daily Staff Reporter

University of Michigan Health System
therapy dogs bring joy, health benefits

Program aims to improve mental, physical state of patients and staff

ALEXA ST. JOHN
Daily Staff Reporter

Surgeon
talks work
amid Congo
civil war

HOSPITAL

Dr. Mukwege discusses
experience aiding victims
of sexual violence

TIM COHN

Daily Staff Reporter

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