Civil Rights

2011

By creating a unified community of queer youth and inclusivity activists in the City of Richmond, Erik hopes to build capacity and awareness within public schools’ teachers, counselors, and administrators around the issues faced by queer youth – and particularly queer youth of color – in their city. His first step was to expand the University of Richmond’s community engagement in the Greater RIchmond area by cementing relationships between surrounding schools, school districts, and educational leaders. Moving forward, Erik plans to craft a Safe Zone curriculum tailored to the needs of students and dealing with the intersections of race and sexuality and implement an improved Safe Zone program in the Richmond City Public School system.