She Obisie-Orlu — as the president of the Resident Student Association, which represents students living in the residence halls was recently added to the panel to determine which on-campus housing, might look like this fall.
Obisie-Orlu, a rising second, a political science and international and area studies double major, said she will officially become a member of the working group on the 14th of May, after being recommended by Steve Anderson, the dean of students and the director of the Office of Residence Life. Mr. Anderson is also a member of the housing of the working group.
“I think that the perspective of both the chair and rising to second in puts me in a position to deal with the ideas put forward in such a way that the student voice to the community’s experience is prioritized,” Obisie-Orlu said. “I like to think that my contribution to an alternative view of the way in which students want to engage with the Pitt, as a community, and how they want to feel empowered by the institution.”
The health and housing working group, previously included 11 faculty and staff members, and students Angela Woods. The group is now composed of 15 members, with the addition of Obisie-Orlu, Bo Zeng, an assistant engineering professor, and james Newman, the chairman of the Department of Epidemiology at the Graduate School of Public Health.
Ashley Shafer, a graduate student and teaching fellow in the School of Education, and has recently been included in a working group focused on graduate studies and research. The working group, who used to have 14 teachers and staff members, and graduate student Areej Ali. The group now includes 17 members, with the addition of Shafer and Tom Nolin, an associate pharmacy professor.
Both working groups are part of the The Task Force on Reimagining Pitt Educationunder the chairmanship of the vice-Chancellor, Ann Cudd, and James Martin II, the U.S. Steel dean of the Swanson School of Engineering, who is leading the effort to determine what is Pitt’s education, and housing is going to look like this year. The panel will deliver a report to the minister on the 29th of May, with recommendations for the fall semester. Students do not have to be part of the task force of the executive committee, and will be represented in each of the working groups.
University spokesperson Kevin said Zwick, the two students will be added to the task force and will provide a valuable perspective. He added that all the students are welcome to submit feedback the task force and ideas for the fall semester.
“All task forces will be closely reviewing the online entry was submitted by the scheduling of feedback form, in that,” said Zwick. Students will be encouraged to continue to provide input in order to help you move into the next academic year.
Obisie-Orlu, saying that the work of the working group have been productive so far, and she is grateful to be part of.
“The conversations I’ve had during the working group sessions have been incredibly eye-opening in terms of understanding the multi-faceted approach, the University has taken,” Obisie-Orlu said. “I am very grateful for the fact that you are in an environment where the students are valued and prioritized.”