Who We Are: A Liaison Between EMU and Government

The Office of Government and Community Relations serves as the primary liaison between Eastern Michigan University and all levels of government, as well as the local and regional community.

Securing the resources that EMU requires to remain a leading public, comprehensive university requires the active support of our faculty, students, staff and alumni. From this website, you can remain up-to-date on the activities of our office and learn how you can help EMU secure the resources it needs to remain a world-class university.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions about our office, or if you would like to become more involved in our work.


EMU Choir in Rotunda

The EMU Choir poses after their performance in the Capitol's Rotunda during the 2019 EMU Day in Lansing Luncheon.

2019 EMU Day in Lansing

On March 19, 2019, the Government Relations Office hosted EMU Day in Lansing, where groups of EMU Faculty, staff, students, and alumni met with state legislators regarding pressing issues of the state and EMU. This year, 57 meetings took place with state legislators and their staffs, and 58 Eastern Michigan students, faculty, staff, and alumni volunteered for the day.

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Congresswoman Debbie Dingell gives speech after receiving the 2019 MLK Humanitarian Award from Eastern Michigan University.


MLK 2019 Celebration - President's Luncheon and Humanitarian Award

On Monday, January 21, 2019 EMU students, faculty, staff, members from our local community, and state legislators came together for the annual MLK President's Luncheon at the Student Center. This year's keynote address was delivered by CNN political commentator Keith Boykin who spoke briefly at the luncheon, with a longer address following the event. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell was also present at this year's luncheon, as she was recognized for EMU's 2019 MLK Humanitarian Award. Congresswoman Dingell represents the 12th district of Michigan in the United States House of Representatives, which includes the cities of Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, and much of southern Wayne County. As a distinguished public servant and unwavering advocate for families, women and children, she has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the State of Michigan and its citizens. EMU was proud to honor Congresswoman Dingell as this year's MLK Humanitarian Award winner.



MLK 2018 Humanitarian Award

2018 MLK Humanitarian Award Winners

Rep. Ronnie Peterson, EMU President James Smith, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton

On Monday, January 15th, EMU hosted its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. President's Luncheon. At this event, EMU recognized and awarded two recipients for the MLK Humanitarian Award. These two active members of our community exemplify the values and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and make significant contributions to both the University and the community.

The awards were given to Representative Ronnie D. Peterson and Sheriff Jerry L. Clayton, as pictured with President Smith.

Click here to view a list of all the previous Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award winners.