LTU increases participation in AIDS Walk Detroit
Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
Lawrence Tech showed its Blue Devil Pride with a record number of participants in the annual AIDS Walk Detroit held Sept. 18 in Royal Oak. Forty-two walkers, consisting primarily of students and some staff, participated as part of the OUT! at LTU with Friends team.
OUT! at LTU with Friends is a student organization that strives to create a safe environment for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students and their allies to share their thoughts, goals, and concerns. It was created to provide awareness and understanding of the LGBT community for all students attending Lawrence Technological University.
Collectively, the team raised $387. The top fund-raiser was student Sam McClure, who participated in the walk for the second year.
OUT! at LTU with Friends President Brandon Hakeem said, “This year was an improvement over last year in turnout, and it was really awesome to see my fellow LTU students come out and support this cause. It is important that LTU is involved in the volunteer community, and this walk showed Detroit just that. I’m proud of our group and everyone who volunteered.”
Not all of the team participants are OUT! at LTU with Friends members. Many of the participants included representatives from such Greek organizations as Sigma Phi Epsilon, Delta Phi Epsilon, and Delta Tau Sigma. Other participants included University Seminar students who completed the walk as part of their course service-learning projects. Others participated just to support the cause.
“Although our team name centers on raising awareness of the LGBT community, it’s important to remember that AIDS isn’t an LGBT issue; it’s a social problem that has impacted our entire generation. Our students have never known a world without AIDS,” said Melissa Grunow, director of leadership programs and first year experience, and advisor to OUT! at LTU with Friends.
AIDS Walk Detroit benefits the Steppin’ Out organization. The mission of Steppin’ Out is to provide financial support for direct-care services and agencies and prevention/education programs, and to promote public awareness through events and activities that endeavor to guarantee people living with HIV/AIDS are treated with dignity and respect.
In total, this year’s AIDS Walk Detroit brought in $160,000 to benefit Steppin’ Out.
All AIDS Walk Detroit proceeds are directed to Steppin’ Out and granted back to agencies that provide prevention/education and direct-care services to people living in the Detroit metropolitan area.