Atlanta Pride Parade

As we join to celebrate PRIDE month, Emory University draws into focus ways to encourage open dialogue and support within the community. 

“We are proud to embrace the experiences and wisdom of our diverse student body and faculty,” says Karen Sedatole, Interim John H. Harland Dean of Goizueta Business School. “Each one of us brings to Goizueta a unique and meaningful life perspective and history to help shape our understanding and drive positive change in business and society.”

Goizueta is committed to nurturing these unique perspectives to create meaningful change in the critical areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion and has created the DEI Council to advise and counsel Goizueta leadership. 

Within Emory, here are just a few ways in which our Emory campus community continues to recognize the beauty in diversity and personal identity.

  • June 12 Emory LGBT+ Network Virtual Brunch. For more information about the Emory Atlanta LGBT+ Network, please contact Marché Simpson. For more updates, join the GALA Atlanta Group on Facebook and follow #emorygala. 
  • Queer Discussion Groups Led by students for students, community members may take part in future weekly, hour-long for Trans-forming Gender, Queer and Asian, Queer Grads, Queer Trans Latinx, Queer Men, Queer Women, and BlackOUT.  
  • The Atlanta Pride Parade and Festival. Each year, the Office of LGBT Life coordinates Emory’s involvement in the fall Atlanta Pride Parade and Festival.
  • The Emory Identity Spaces Project. Emory University is renovating existing on-campus identity spaces and creating new ones to provide welcoming places for students to connect with other students, staff, and faculty of similar backgrounds, to engage in a variety of programs, and to access resources. Dozens of Emory students have been engaged and provided input throughout the process and will continue to do so for this multi-million-dollar project. Emory University President Gregory L. Fenves noted, “The revitalization and reimagining of these spaces will build on the ideas and work of generations of Emory students, faculty, and staff members who have envisioned a united, welcoming, and inclusive university. Our goal is to improve the Emory experience and live up to our shared values—creating a campus community that is supportive, inspiring, and life-changing for all who learn and discover.”

To explore Emory’s many resources and activities, please contact the offices for the Emory Center for Women, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender LifeRacial and Cultural Engagement. Have specific questions or need assistance? Reach out to your Goizueta Business School Safe Space Allies who have been trained to help and support members of the LGBTQ+ community at Emory. Read more about Goizueta’s student clubs and groups. Share your feedback with Goizueta today. 

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Michelle Valigursky is an award-winning writer, editor, blogger, and content strategist whose clients included Emory University, Fortune 500 companies, NASDAQ-traded companies, entrepreneurial ventures in various industries, and community-based small businesses and non-profits. She is a published book author and novelist who lives with her family in the Atlanta area.