The recall wasn’t mentioned in a speech, which was released in advance by GM.
But there were several lessons that seemed to apply to her first four months leading the nation’s largest automaker.
“Remember that hope is not a strategy,” she said. “Problems don’t go away when you ignore them — they get bigger.”
Barra also urged the students to be honest in every aspect of their lives, and to use their optimism and propensity for inclusion to rethink outdated assumptions and expose and correct injustice.
She also told them to keep friends and family close to celebrate good times and for support during tough times.
Two university groups objected to the university’s decision to invite Barra to speak.
The Graduate Employees Organization passed a resolution asking the school to rescind the invitation due to the recall. It was supported by the Student Union of Michigan.