Absolutely not! Everyone is welcome to take part in our events and come into the Resource Center. We welcome allies (and need you too!) There are plenty of ways to get involved through programming, volunteering, work study and campus LGBTQ initiatives.
Yes. In March of 2007 the board of regents approved the addition of gender identiy and expression into the non-discrimination policy. In addition, gender identity language has been added to the preamble of the bylaws of the EMU Board of Regents, the EMU Civil Rights policy and the EMU Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action policy. This is the current wording of the policy:
Eastern Michigan University shall not discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, veterans status or physical or mental disability as provided for and to the extent required by state and federal statutes. Further, the University shall not discriminate against any person because of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. The University shall work for the elimination of improper discrimination in the areas listed above (1) in organizations recognized by the University, and (2) from non-university sources where students and employees of the University are involved.
The sexual orientation, gender identity and expression provisions of this policy shall not prohibit the University from maintaining relationships with agencies of the federal government. Further, except where approved by separate action of the Board of Regents the provisions of this policy shall not apply to employment benefits, family housing, financial aid packages and student residency status.
Yes. Eastern Michigan University is committed to providing safe housing options for all students. There are gender neutral housing options available on our standard application in the majority of the halls on campus.
EMU also offers LGBTQA themed housing:
8th Floor Hoyt Hall
This community is for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, or any other sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Allies and friends are also invited to live in this community. Students will work to create a supportive and inclusive community that encourages academic and personal growth. Residents can expect programming that explores gender and sexual identities and will be tied into campus organizations like the LGBT Resource Center.
Immediately call the Eastern Michigan Police@ 734.487.1222. Please contact the LGBT Resource Center also.
According to Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language, an ally is someone “joined with another for a common purpose.” The Gender Education Center defines allies to the LGBTQ+ communities as “people who support us who may or may not be a part of our community. These are people who believe in the human rights of all people. Who demonstrate by their presence and actions, their acceptance and celebration of diversity among people.”
By education and familiarizing yourself with issues, using inclusive language, and knowing some history, you begin the process of becoming an ally. The most important pieces to being an ally is being a safe person to talk to and being someone who will stand up and fight for diversity.
Great question! The term "transgender" is often used as an umbrella term for a variety of gender identities/expressions.
This may also include concepts and identities such as intersex, third-gender, gender bender, androgynous, drag, non identified, other, and etc... For more information about transgender related terms, concepts, issues, and people, please feel free to contact or visit the LGBTRC.
Here are some basic definitions to get you started: http://www.genderdiversity.org/resources/terminology/
The LGBTRC co-sponsors a Coming Out/Being Out support group with Counseling Services. The group meets every Wednesday @ 5:00 p.m. at the EMU Student Center, room 347. Counseling Services has a very LGBT supportive staff. If you wish to make an individual appointment feel to call 734.487.1118. For more information on Counseling Services visit their website.