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2014-2015 Award Recipients

View the new Equality Knowledge Projects here.


The Equality Knowledge Project is a research stimulus program intended to accelerate the production of credible research on LGBT equality issues.  The project is part of the Center's commitment to  public information, awareness, and education.

The project is composed of three elements:

1. Research Incentives - the Center provides mini-grants to support academic research consistent with its mission and research priorities.  Faculty, academic staff, and Ph.D. students are encouraged to submit applications;

2.  Speaker Series - completed research is presented in on campus lectures at Eastern Michigan University;

3.  Research Reports - Reports, or White Papers, of completed research projects are cataloged in the Center's Equality Research Reports

Proposals are currently being accepted for the 2014-2015 project cycle. Click here for a project application.


Student Research Awards

The Equality Knowledge Project also makes tuition awards to two Eastern Michigan University students.  With the support and guidance of a faculty sponsor, graduate or undergraduate students complete equality issue research.  Completed projects will be sponsored to either the Graduate Research Fair or the Undergraduate Research Symposium.  Click here for a Student Research Award application.


Sponsored Research

Through the Equality Knowledge Project, The Equality Research Center has awarded research support to:

2013-2014 Researchers


John Palladino, Eastern Michigan University and Mark Giesler, Saginaw Valley State University: "In or Out when Out and About: Identifying the Professional Support Needs of LGBT Preservice Social Workers and Teachers"Natalie Dove, Eastern Michigan University and Randal Brown, University of Nevada – Reno:  "Promoting Equal Rates of STI Testing for LGBT Individuals"Jon M. Wargo, Michigan State University:  "Elastic Literacies: Mapping Queer Identities and the Social Fault Lines of (In)Equality in Educative Spaces"Stephen L. Rassi, Eastern Michigan University:  "Understanding Practice Issues with Transgender People: Listening to Practitioner and Client Voices"Stefanie Arrieta, Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Student:  "Educators' Perceptions of Why Youth with Emotional Impairments Engage in Same-Sex Behaviors"Silvana Alfaro-Bordon, Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Student:  "Effect of EPIC Panel Presentations on the Attitude of EMU Students toward LGBT Individuals"

2011-2012 Researchers

John Palladino, Eastern Michigan University: "When Safe Space Isn't So Safe: LGBT Victimization in the K-12 Classroom"Elizabeth Currans, Eastern Michigan University: "Lesbian Public Protests and Resistance" book chapters for "Engendering Publics: Women's Demonstrations in the 21st Century U.S."MaryAnn Watson, Eastern Michigan University:  "Historical and Contemporary Representations of LGBT Persons on Television"