August 02, 2017

Eastern Michigan University installs light post banners featuring international students

University launches next phase of #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign

YPSILANTI --  As part of its support for the national #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign welcoming international students to study in the United States, Eastern Michigan University is installing banners featuring 108 international students representing more than 40 nations on light posts surrounding campus and extending into student banners

The light post banner campaign is the latest effort by Eastern to support the national campaign. (See April 2017 campaign announcement news release.) 

Earlier this year, Eastern released a #YouAreWelcomeHere video, which has generated several thousand views. The University also has developed an informational website providing resources for international students, created t-shirts celebrating the international community, and is currently working with the Washtenaw County Convention and Visitors Bureau to produce a new video about the city of Ypsilanti's support of the international community.

In total, Eastern enrolls nearly 1,000 international students from more than 80 countries.  

"This has been a very positive campaign for Eastern Michigan University, and for universities around the country" said Walter Kraft, Eastern's vice president for communications. "When we announced the video and photo shoot, we had many in our international community show up to participate -- as well as non-international faculty, staff and students who wanted to share the welcoming and diverse environment of our campus.

"The support provided to international students through many programs and the Office for International Students and Scholars, and the University's location near the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, make Eastern an ideal and welcoming campus for international students."

Eastern Michigan updates the light posts banners annually. Last year's campaign featured students from The Honors College. Previous years have featured faculty, alumni, student residence hall advisors, and graduate students and programs. 

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It currently serves 22,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

Contact Walter Kraft,, 734.487.6895

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