Schlissel, Kildee highlight college access at annual D.C. breakfast


President Mark Schlissel told a Washington, D.C., audience Wednesday that the university is working hard to assure access for students, regardless of their economic circumstances.

Speaking at the annual University of Michigan Congressional Breakfast, Schlissel touted the Go Blue Guarantee and other programs designed to help students achieve a Michigan education.

“We remain deeply committed to ensuring that a University of Michigan education is accessible to every qualified student within our state, no matter their financial background, ZIP code, educational attainment of their parents, or demographic characteristics,” he said.

Photo of, from left, U.S. Reps. Haley Stevens, Greg Stanton, Dan Kildee, President Mark Schlissel and U.S. Rep. Grace Meng
From left, U.S. Reps. Haley Stevens, Greg Stanton, Dan Kildee, President Mark Schlissel and U.S. Rep. Grace Meng chat during the annual U-M Congressional Breakfast. (Photo by Laura D. Meyer)

Schlissel also paid homage to the late Rep. John Dingell, who died last month. Dingell was formerly Ann Arbor’s congressman and served more than five decades in Congress.

“He proved that upholding important values could go hand-in-hand with a willingness to compromise, leading to better policy for all,” Schlissel said.

Photo of President Mark Schlissel speaking with U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell
Above: President Mark Schlissel talks with U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell. Schlissel recognized Dingell’s late husband, former Rep. John Dingell, in his remarks. Below: U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee delivered the breakfast’s keynote. (Photos by Laura D. Meyer)

Photo of keynote speaker U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee

Keynote speaker Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint, called the university “a special place” and a “thought leader.” He praised U-M for being “an elite institution that works to make sure it is not limited to the elites.”

Kildee also thanked the university for its help during the Flint water crisis and in helping him in efforts to re-build his city.

“The role that U-M played will not be forgotten,” Kildee added.

More than 300 alumni, friends and others attended the event, including 10 other members of Congress: Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan; and Reps. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn; John Moolenaar, R-Midland; Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly; Haley Stevens, D-Rochester Hills; Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit; Grace Meng, D-New York; Ted Deutch, D-Florida; Greg Stanton, D-Arizona; and Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois.

Proceeds from the event go toward the U-M D.C. Club’s scholarship efforts.


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