The University of Michigan has a long-standing tradition of students, alumni, and fans gathering to celebrate the football season. Students also come together to enjoy events such as Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day. It is important that these events are conducted in a safe, as well as enjoyable, manner.
Michigan fraternities and sororities are piloting the Michigan Ambassador Program (MAP) in collaboration with LSA Student Government and the Student Athletic Advisory Council. Beginning with the Michigan/Michigan State football game and continuing through the season, Michigan ambassadors will walk through campus neighborhoods and offer suggestions to event hosts to ensure the safety of their events and avoid violation of City ordinances. Participants will not act as law enforcement or a disciplinary group. If they observe a situation that is out of the control of event hosts, they will contact appropriate personnel. The goal is to support a safe and enjoyable environment during high-risk events and encourage citizenship and community responsibility.
The Michigan Ambassador Program is a great way to earn volunteer service hours in order to receive awesome incentives. Besides walking through campus neighborhoods, volunteer service hours can be earned by serving as the point of contact, headquartered in the Michigan Union. For accumulated volunteer hours, ambassadors can earn gift cards to local restaurants, tickets to sporting events, official Michigan athletic apparel, letters of commendation from the Dean of Students, and even the chance to spend the fourth quarter of a football game in a university suite or receive a field pass to a future football game!
MAP will also be a part of the Athletic Department’s “H.A.I.L.“ program, so ambassadors can earn points for that program as well.
Those interested in the program should register here. As a prerequisite to serve, MAP students are required to undergo a training session conducted by the Ann Arbor Police Department, University Health Service, and MAP head representatives to be held Wednesday, October 17th from 8-9pm in the Anderson Room of the Michigan Union.