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Our Work

Our objective is clear: emphasize and support the importance of research as the key to achieving equality, acceptance and basic human rights for everyone. We are equally committed to our goal of becoming the regional center for this research into equality and human rights. We believe the research in these and future projects will lead to a greater understanding and acceptance of all members of our local, regional and global community. Please see our Research page for more details about our work.

The Center has also supported and continues to support campus-wide events designed to bring a better understanding of critical issues. These events have included:

  • Ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’” a lecture by guest speaker Eric Alva. An Iraq War veteran and gay rights activist, Eric Alva discussed his quest to have the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy repealed and the difficulties the policy caused for the military’s gay and lesbian community. Alva used his own experiences dealing with the policy to urge audiences to support his goal and to help create equality and support for the LGBT community members who serve our country.
  • A panel discussion, “Race and Sexuality: Conversations & Perspective,” featured Dr. Dwight McBride, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Professor of African-American Studies and Gender & Women's Studies at Northwestern University; Dr. Timothy Dyer, EMU alumnus and Emeritus EMU Regent; Charles Pugh, Detroit City Council Chairman; Dyann Logwood, Instructor EMU Department of Women's & Gender Studies; and Jay Kaplan, ACLU of Michigan LGBT Project Staff Attorney.

For more information about how to become involved with our work, please contact Meriah Sage, Assistant Director.