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Ypsilanti — Eastern Michigan University’s Equality Research Center will host its “Equality Research to Action Conference 2015,” the first LGBT research conference bringing academics and advocates together to advance equality. The conference will take place from May 1-2 at The Henry, Autograph Collection in Dearborn, Michigan. Equality Research to Action 2015 will be an unprecedented gathering of the nation’s most influential and creative thought leaders in education and the practitioners, policy makers and researchers who are best equipped to progress the equality movement.
“We are ecstatic to welcome the most dynamic speakers in education in this one-of-a-kind effort to tackle some of the biggest issues in equality,” said Director of the Equality Research Center, Michael Tew. “Attendees can expect to hear about new findings to expand public education, receive information and tools for advancing social justice and learn about current and upcoming research to create aware and inclusive social policies and practice.”
Confirmed speakers include:
Tommy Adams, associate professor and chair of the department of communication, media and theatre at Northeastern Illinois University.
Natasha “T” Miller, poet, author of “Coming Out of Nowhere” and activist.
John Corvino, Ph.D., chair of the philosophy department at Wayne State University.
Featured workshops will include: Trans* Ally Training presented by Eastern Michigan University; Safe School Training by the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network; and Know Us Project Training by Michigan Project for Informed Public Policy.
Equality Research to Action 2015 will feature more than new applied research projects on LGBT youth, civil rights and wellness from leading and emerging scholars. Through three dynamic plenary sessions, three featured speaker sessions and more than 12 “In the Classroom” sessions, speakers will help reimagine the most innovative solutions to a wide range of critical topics in education, health care, public policy and community building for universities, movement organizations and community advocacy groups. The Equality Research Center encourages teachers, administrators, policy makers and students to register now to secure their spot at Equality Research to Action 2015.
To register and learn more about the conference, a complete list of presentations and a complete conference schedule, please visit www.er2a.org or contact Michael Tew, director of the Equality Research Center at 734-487-3032.