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 October 2014 and will culminate in community dialogues from January - February 2015.
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 of this study suggest primary areas of need for future and additional research include HIV/AIDS education, Transgender Inclusion, Marriage and Family outcomes, and K-12 inclusion and safe environments.
'Safe Schools Project: LGBTQ' Awarded LGBTRC's 2013 'Trailblazer Award
The Equality Research Center's "Safe Schools Project: LGBTQ" was awarded the EMU LGBT Resource Center's 2013 "Trailblazer Award," the latest in a series of positive advancements for the project. This award cames on the heels of an effort to extend reach and longevity of the already-successful program. The project, supported by a grant from the HOPE Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, was based on ethnographic research with teachers, staff, and students in Washtenaw County.
"The Safe Schools Project" was a professional development workshop created for educators & administrators to help middle/high school personnel create safer schools for LGBT students. The workshop included: an educational theatre performance based on real interviews with local youth and educators highlighting the challenges facing current LGBT students, and a follow-up discussion/action workshop.