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.


Governor Whitmer receives MLK 2020 Humanitarian Award

On January 20, 2020, EMU hosted its 34th annual MLK President's Luncheon. EMU students, staff, faculty, state legislators, and members of the community gathered to celebrate and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Governor Whitmer receiving the Humanitarian Award

Governor Whitmer was awarded the 2020 MLK Humanitarian Award for her leadership, determination, and consistency in creating long-lasting opportunities for the people in Michigan. Since being sworn into office, Governor Whitmer has put together the most diverse cabinet in the history of the State of Michigan. She has dedicated her career to ending discrimination in state government and solving the problems that the people of Michigan face on a daily basis. She exemplifies the leadership and courage that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had for justice to become the reality that we currently live today.

Eastern Michigan University is very proud to honor Governor Gretchen Whitmer as the 2020 MLK Humanitarian Award winner.


Representative Tate and Regent WebbRepresentative Joe Tate visits EMU

Representative Joe Tate (D) came to Eastern's campus on November 4th, 2019 and met with Chairman of the Board of Regents, Jim Webb. Both are pictured to the right, respectively. Representative Tate served in the United States Marine Corps and is now serving his first term representing Michigan's 2nd House District. 


Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist visits EMURegent Mike Hawks, Student Nick Jordan, Student Joseph Williamson, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, Graduate Assistant Chartice Hobbs, Swoope, and Regent Alexander Simpson

On October 4, 2019, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist, of the State of Michigan, got a vivid illustration of both the benefits and the potential of how capital outlay funding helps Eastern Michigan University educate students in high-demand career fields. Gilchrist enjoyed a quick tour of newly renovated Strong Hall and Roosevelt Hall, a former secondary school building that now houses programs in the College of Engineering and Technology (CET).

From left to right: EMU Regent Mike Hawks, Student Nick Jordan, Student Joseph Williamson, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, Graduate Assistant Chartice Hobbs, Swoop, and EMU Regent Alexander Simpson


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.