Emory Pride Employee Network

What is the Emory Pride Employee Network?

The Emory Pride Employee Network (EPEN) is an Employee Resource Group (ERG) that values authenticity, intersectionality, and inclusion for all Emory employees. We facilitate connection and career development for all Emory LGBTQ+ employees and allies through education, awareness, advocacy, and social opportunities.

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Learn about upcoming events

EPEN hosts talks, socials, and community activities throughout the year.

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What are EPEN's mission and vision?


Our mission is to celebrate, support, and recognize the diverse community of LGBTQ+ employees at Emory University by providing resources for educational growth, awareness and advocacy, and social connections. The Emory Pride Employee Network will support Emory University’s efforts to diversify faculty and staff through fostering an environment of inclusion. This group is open to all Emory LGBTQ+ employee and all allies.


The Emory Pride Employee Network envisions being a leader among top tier Universities in addressing inequities and advocating for its LGBTQ+ community’s diverse needs and fostering a safe space that allows for self-exploration and liberation of all LGBTQ+ individuals. 

Meet the EPEN co-chairs

Davide Fossati

Davide Fossati, Associate Teaching Professor of Computer Science; Director of Undergraduate Research (DUR)

Dr. Davide Fossati is currently an Associate Teaching Professor of Computer Science at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009. He also holds an M.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy (2004), and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2003). His research interests include Technology-Enhanced Learning, Educational Data Mining, and Computer Science Education.

Eric Solomon

Eric Solomon, Visiting Assistant Professor of English and American Studies, Oxford College

Dr. Solomon serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of English and American Studies at Oxford College, Emory University, where he teaches courses such as “James Baldwin’s America,” “American Intersections,” “Queer Intersections,” and “Women in the South.” He is the editor of the series “Queer Intersections” with the journal Southern Spaces. Solomon received his doctoral degree in English from Emory University. Solomon has worked on various queer Atlanta history projects, including The #TUOR Project. He is chair of the LGBTQ+ Historic Preservation Advisory Committee with Historic Atlanta, which co-sponsored the landmark Atlanta LGBTQ+ Historic Context Statement. His scholarship has appeared in Mississippi Quarterly, Studies in the Literary Imagination, South Atlantic Review, among other journals and anthologies.

Learn about EPEN's focus areas

  • Authenticity. EPEN aims to invite every Emory employee into spaces of “whole self” authenticity through talks, socials, and other events. EPEN also advocates for its members with the broader Emory community.
  • Intersectionality. EPEN celebrates all LGBTQ+ employees and aims to reflect and represent the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community at Emory through providing opportunities for connections that foster cultural competency and the creative use of difference.
  • Inclusion. EPEN leadership and members practice inclusivity—in big and small ways.

Explore Emory resources

Emory Office of LGBT Life

Learn about campus-wide LGBT resources and events.

Emory Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Emory Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strives to provide a safe environment that is conducive to intellectual engagement, learning, and working in positive ways.

Emory University Rose Library

The Rose Library’s LGBTQ political collections document the work of activists, organizations, and trailblazing political figures to achieve equality.

Contact EPEN

If you're interested in getting involved with EPEN, fill out our form.

If you have questions, email epen@emory.edu