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Projects

“Creating Safe Schools for LGBT Students”

Our Safe Schools Project, “Creating Safe Schools for LGBT Students” is a professional development dramatic presentation for middle and high school teachers, support staff and administrators, and students studying secondary education. The performances, running through December 2012, are based on real-life accounts of local LGBT youth in educational settings. Performances are designed to engage the participants in meaningful discussion about LGBT bullying and how to create safe spaces for LGBT students to learn.

If you would like to have “Creating Safe Schools for LGBT Students” come to your school, please contact Meriah Sage 734.487.3131. Thanks to the support of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, performances are free to schools and youth organizations through January 1, 2013.

EMU students interested in becoming involved with this project should contact project director Tori Tomalia.

The project was funded in part by a grant from the HOPE Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. For more information, visit the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

“Let’s Make It Better Now”

The Center hosted “Let’s Make It Better Now,” EMU’s first annual speech advocacy competition. The event was part of the national “It Gets Better” campaign. The overall goal of the project was to spark high school and undergraduate students’ interest and involvement in social justice issues.

EMU undergraduates and Washtenaw County youth were invited to write and video-record short speech articulating how and why we should end LGBT bullying in and outside of school. EMU undergraduate winners presented their speeches to a standing-room-only crowd at EMU’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. The videos were edited into a video compilation and sent to area schools, youth groups and organizations. Click here to view the video!

The project was funded in part by a grant by the Michigan Campus Compact. For more information, visit the Michigan Campus Compact.

Visit the “It Gets Better” campaign for more information.