Ensuring Inclusivity of Queer Youth in Richmond

By creating a unified community of queer youth and inclusivity activists in the City of Richmond, Erik hoped 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. The first step of his Blueprint 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. Erik planned to craft a Safe Zone curriculum tailored to the needs of students and dealing with the intersections of race and sexuality and implemented an improved Safe Zone program in the Richmond City Public School system.