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On Feb. 4, the Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center at East Carolina University received a $2,000 grant from the Campaign for Southern Equality to promote advocacy work in K-12 Pitt County schools.

Funds from the grant will be used for Safe Zone Training for educators in collaboration with the College of Education and Campus Recreation and Wellness at ECU, according to Adam Polaski, communications director at the Campaign for Southern Equality.

We, the editorial staff of The East Carolinian, are thankful for the Campaign for Southern Equality for supporting the Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center at ECU to supply efforts to work toward bullying prevention and gender inclusion for schools through the community to create safer learning environments for the future generation, as well as potential pirates.

It is important to not only support any and all students that fall under the LGTBQ umbrella, but to ensure that those students are being treated fairly and appropriately in a public school setting. Making every individual feel comfortable in their own skin and as themselves will allow them to reach their fullest potential as an individual.

Our community is forever evolving with diversity and we believe it is important to spread awarness for the LGBTQ identified youth and the struggles they may face while attending school. With this grant, we hope that educators can work together with ECU to provide a better outlook for this community of K-12 students.

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