The Division of Public Safety & Security (DPSS) Student Advisory Board facilitates and enhances communication between U-M students and DPSS. Student advisory board members play an important role in identifying campus safety concerns and providing feedback on ways to remedy those concerns.
How can I become a board member?
We are now accepting applications. The DPSS Student Advisory Board is looking to continue to diversify and bring as many perspectives to the conversation as possible. We accept applications on a rolling basis. Members must be in good standing with the university and be available for a minimum of one 90 minute meeting per month. Fill out this online application if you are interested in joining!
“Every member of the DPSS Student Advisory Board represents a portion of our community, and the feedback that each provides is critical in aiding DPSS as they continue to progress and improve. My goal is to help facilitate these crucial conversations, while simultaneously ensuring the impacts of them benefit everyone equitably and effectively.”
Nicholas Fritsch, 2020-2021 Advisory Board Chair
LSA - Cognitive Science, U-M Class of 2023
“The Student Advisory Board enables the student body to have a coherent voice for their concerns. Together, the community and DPSS can work together productively towards their common goal of creating and upholding a safe and welcoming environment.“
Lukas Lemke, 2020-2021 Advisory Board Vice-Chair
College of Engineering, Computer Science, U-M Class of 2023
Student Advisory Board Projects
- Increased board membership (currently 10) and increased overall participation despite COVID’s remote restrictions through Canvas discussion boards, Google Forms, and online meetings
- Gained representatives from the Residence Hall Association and a new LSA Student Government, as well as retained a representative from LSA Student Government
- Published a recruiting advertisement in the LSA Student Government newsletter (Feb 2021), resulting in one new applicant (Ron Burgaj)
- Non-DPSS Outreach and Feedback
- Met with and gave insight to Provost Collins’ Examining Public Safety Task Force both with meetings as a group and with individual meetings with the SAB Chair/Vice Chair (Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 semester)
- Hosted Sarah Burch from the Advancing Public Safety at the University of Michigan Task Force at the February 2021 monthly meeting
- Continued participation on the Campus Climate Advisory Council (current representative: Noah Gross)
- DPSS Outreach and Feedback
- Met with the Special Victims Unit – learned about what they do and provided student insights and feedback
- Met with Strategic Communications – learned about what they do and provided student insights in feedback
- Recommendation to have all Public Safety stories posted to the UMich Instagram page was successfully implemented
- Met with Community Engagement – learned about what they do and provided student insights and feedback
- Orientation feedback and outreach to student groups
- Engaged with DPSS Executive Director Washington in January 2021 and April 2021
- Member-specific Experiences
- Members experienced the Multiple Interactive Learning Objectives (MILO) Simulator with Michigan Medicine Security and Guest Service Specialists and provided feedback to incorporate into further experiences with MILO and UMPD officers.
- Learned about the overall Division through a presentation from the Board’s staff advisor (Bryan). Also learned about specific units during the meetings with SVU, STRACTOM, and Community Engagement.
- Offered continuous recruitment of members throughout the year
- Created a liaison membership position connected to the Residence Hall Association (RHA)
- Hosted the first ever "DPSS FiresideChat" with DPSS Executive Director Eddie Washington
- Provided feedback on UMPD uniform changes
- Brainstormed student patrol programs and student engagement
- Discussed safety on campus at the onset of the corona virus pandemic and end of school year.
- Increased board membership to include undergraduate and graduate student representation
- Provided feedback on Version 2.0 of U-M Public Safety app
- Held a joint event with the Central Student Government Health and Wellness Commission to promote the DPSS Empowerment Self-Defense program
- Provided feedback on DPSS Active Attacker Preparedness video and marketing materials
- Recommended safety information be distributed to U-M libraries for late night safety options and crime prevention tips
- Hosted a DPSS Diag Day recruitment event in Spring 2018
- Provided feedback on the DPSS website redesign concepts
- Downloaded U-M public safety app prototype to test and provide feedback
- Provided feedback on DPSS social media accounts, including the request of a DPSS Facebook page
- Collaborated with DPSS Executive Director Eddie Washington, Jr. to establish the board in April 2016
- Identified the goal of the board as bringing student voices, concerns and ideas about campus safety directly to DPSS leadership and advising on current DPSS events and initiatives
For more information contact:
Nicholas Fritsch, Student Chair
Lukas Lemke, Student Vice-Chair
Lt. Bryan Baker, Staff Advisor