Students like Emrie Davies do great things. Our new Student Snapshots series is about sharing stories that illustrate their passion, experiences and accomplishments – both inside and outside of class.

Student Snapshots: You belong

June 1, 2021 | Campus Life, Society

Emrie Davies, a first-year Bachelor of Arts student, is the recipient of the Hayley Jayne Richman Memorial Award for 2021.

The award supports students who are members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, allies of the community or those who have LGBTQ2S+ parents.

With the goal of one day becoming a teacher, Davies has spent the last several years finding ways to educate and support young people.

"My goal in this community is for every LGBTQ2S+ person who has just come out to see that they belong and deserve to be celebrated for who they are," says Davies.

Davies has been an active leader with their high school queer-straight alliance (QSA) and was on the planning committee for the 2020 Virtual Alberta GSA conference, but one of their defining moments happened when fYrefly in Schools made an appearance at their junior high school. The educational initiative gives classroom presentations about LGBTQ2S+ identities and how to dismantle homophobia and transphobia in schools.

"fYrefly in Schools showed up at the time I was starting to come out," Davies recalls. "The resources they provided saved me a lot of panic because now I had somewhere to start."

So when they had the opportunity to volunteer with fYrefly in Schools, Davies jumped at the chance. Since then (and while attending MacEwan), they have given 20 presentations to junior high and high school students.

"Sometimes students come up and talk to me, saying that what I said really meant a lot," says Davies. "It's nice to hear that, but I also know my story might be really meaningful to the students who don't come up and tell me."

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