Latest episode of EMU Today TV highlights transformative $200M student housing plan; EMU alumna and Chair of the EMU Foundation Board of Trustees, Dara Munson

Mark S. Lee interviews Dara Munson virtually for EMU Today TV

YPSILANTI --  The latest episode of EMU Today TV gives viewers an inside look at “Welcome Home 2025,” a $200 million project that will transform student housing on Eastern Michigan University’s campus. The episode also features an insightful interview with Dara Munson, chair of the EMU Foundation Board of Trustees, EMU alumna, and President and CEO of Chicago-based non-profit Family Focus. 

The first segment of the new episode features University President James Smith, who leads a discussion of the new student housing initiative and provides an overview of the plan. As part of “Welcome Home 2025, ”the University and its partners will invest more than $200 million from 2022-2025 to construct new on-campus student housing, renovate existing housing, and demolish outdated housing. The project is designed to ensure that Eastern Michigan University students have access to quality and affordable housing with modern technology that meets the demands of today’s academic world. 

The second segment features Dara Munson, the first African American woman to chair the EMU Foundation Board of Trustees. Munson discusses the priorities for the EMU Foundation and its philanthropic support of Eastern Michigan University students. She shares her goal of having a deliberate and intentional focus on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, and working with other trustees to embrace those values through all strategies of the EMU Foundation. She also discusses the University’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, Give Rise: The Campaign for Eastern Michigan University, as the campaign nears its $100 million goal. 

Now in its fifth season, EMU Today TV highlights positive programs, events and initiatives at Eastern, and provides opportunities for viewers to learn more from University deans, faculty, students, administrators and alumni about activities at the University.

Mark S. Lee, host of CBS Radio’s Small Talk with Mark S. Lee, is the host of EMU Today TV. Lee is an Eastern Michigan University alumnus, and part-time lecturer of Marketing at Eastern. He is an entrepreneur, Crain's Detroit blogger and frequent contributor to various Detroit-area media outlets on business topics.

In addition to viewing on the University's YouTube channel, the program airs on the following days/times through the month on Xfinity On Demand:

  • Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays at 11 a.m.
  • Saturdays at 11 a.m.
  • Sundays at 8 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Xfinity customers can access the program by the following: Using their remote press Xfinity>On Demand>XFINITY Services>Get Local. 

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 16,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

January 18, 2022

Written by:
Walter Kraft

Melissa Thrasher