Under the theme “Grow With Us,” Eastern Michigan University celebrates Pride Month at Motor City Pride and Ypsi Pride

EMU's table of key chains with pride and flowers await the public at the Motor City Pride fest in Detroit.

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University showed its support of Pride Month with a large presence at Detroit’s Motor City Pride festival at Hart Plaza this past weekend (June 8-9) and at Ypsi Pride on June 8. Eastern’s sponsorship of Motor City Pride included the unveiling of its “Grow With Us” theme highlighting the various connections between flowers and the pride community. 

Eastern provided attendees at both events with giveaways and educational resources to support and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

“Everyone deserves a safe and inclusive environment to learn and grow,” said Emma Mentley Wuetrich, coordinator for EMU’s LGBT Resource Center. “We aim to support, educate, and create meaningful experiences for our LGBTQ+ community, both on campus and within southeastern Michigan,” 

In addition to giveaways of unique Pride Month materials, the University developed a special website explaining the different pride flags and the symbolism of certain flowers and their representation in the queer community. 

Motor City Pride, which attracted more than 65,000 people, is a volunteer-run organization dedicated to promoting awareness and equality for the LGBTQ+ community. It is the state’s largest pride celebration. In addition to Motor City Pride, Eastern participated in Ypsi Pride in Ypsilanti Historic Depot Town and will host a DEI Movie Break on Wednesday, June 12, at 2 p.m. in EMU’s Student Center, room 270, for a viewing of De-Lovely to honor Pride Month.

For additional information, contact EMU's LGBT Resource Center website.

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 13,000 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; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and its graduate school. National publications regularly recognize EMU for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. Visit the University’s rankings and points of pride websites to learn more. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website. To stay up to date on University news, activities and announcements, visit EMU Today.

June 11, 2024

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