Eastern Michigan University
Advocacy Research Needs Assessment
In November 2013, the Center began a survey of Michigan LGBT advocacy and support organizations. The survey identifies and prioritizes critical research needs for equality advocacy in Michigan. The results of this study will help guide the initial "Equality Search" database content development and will offer needs-based direction to LGBT scholars in their research agendas. Results will be published in late February.
Public Dialogue Series: LGBT Civic Awareness and Engagement
The Center will conduct a series of Public Dialogues that will bring community members together in conversation to create awareness of the differing civic experiences with LGBT issues of diverse members of the community. This project is supported, in part, by a grant from the Michigan Equity Network.
This project will result in a direct awareness of how individuals experience exclusion in similar and different ways. Participants will be empowered and, increasingly motivated, to act on that awareness through interactions with others in their communities. Collaborating with community partner organizations, the dialogue project will result in higher levels of civic engagement including information seeking, sharing, and voting on matters directly affecting communities and the state, and an increased understanding of how individual concerns are connected to civic action. The project begins in May, 2014 and will culminate in community dialogues in September, 2014.