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Equality Research


The path to social justice begins with knowledge.

Research about LGBTQ+ equality issues is central to our mission. We work to stimulate new research and disseminate academic research to public audiences. By accelerating the process of connecting research with advocates, activists, policy makers, and practitioners, credible information can move more quickly into public conversation. Our projects and programming seek to Inform public policy, Educate public audiences about issues, and create Awareness of the benefits of inclusion and the harms of exclusion. Academic research, once available and accessible to all, amplifies the voices, stories, and experiences of LGBTQ+ people and their communities.

Equality Research Center Initiatives include:

Research of the Week

The Research of the Week series consists of a weekly Facebook post dedicated to disseminating LGBTQ+ educational works to public audiences and connecting credible information to civic engagement. These posts include both academic and popular articles.

Symposium Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF)

The Equality Research Center sponsors a SURF Award for a student and faculty mentor who are working on a LGBTQ+ research study: The Symposium Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF) program is designed to provide selected students with a unique opportunity to participate in extended research with a faculty mentor within their academic discipline. Fellows are provided with a $1,000 award that is applied to their student account, $500 for the fall term and $500 for the winter term of the award year. Ultimately, all Symposium Undergraduate Research Fellows are expected to present the outcomes of their research at the annual Undergraduate Symposium.

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

The project was composed of three elements:

  1. Research Incentives – the Center provided mini-grants to support academic research consistent with its mission and research priorities. Faculty, academic staff, and Ph.D. students were encouraged to submit applications;
  2. Speaker Series – completed research was presented in on campus lectures at Eastern Michigan University;
  3. Research Reports – Reports, or White Papers, of completed research projects were cataloged in the Center's Equality Research Reports.