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LGBTQ Initiatives

Dedicated to supporting our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students, staff and faculty by enhancing diversity and visibility throughout the greater campus community.
As part of National Coming Out Day, students set up a door in the COOP to symbolize a closet. Students were asked to write their name and an experience or statement to show support for the difficulties that LGBTQ people face.

Colgate to Launch Personal Gender Pronoun Service 

In April of 2016, Colgate University will introduce a service that allows students, staff and faculty to share their personal gender pronouns in the school's data system. Once entered, pronouns will appear along with your name on professors' course rosters and administrative dean web-based dashboards. Download this foldable table tent Guide to Personal Gender Pronouns to display on your desk or personal workspace.

Further information, including what a personal gender pronoun is, how to add or change your pronoun, and other trans and non-binary resources at Colgate, can be found on our Trans@Colgate page.

Safe Zone

This training, open to faculty, staff, and students, aims to create a supportive campus climate by encouraging conversation around gender identity and sexual orientation, homophobia, heterosexism, and various oppressions. By educating members of the campus community about current LGBTQ-related issues, members of the campus community can be more prepared to provide support and resources on LGBTQ and Ally concerns. Any person or group can request a Safe Zone training by following the link above.

Family Dinner

During classes, every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. the LGBTQ and ally community comes together to connect over a meal at Frank Dining Hall. You and all members of the Colgate and Hamilton communities are welcome! (The first 25 community members without a meal plan get in for free! Stop by our table in the front lobby or email ahead and let us know you're coming - we'll save you a meal ticket!)

Out & About: Newsletter for the Colgate Community & Alumni

We invite you to read our most recent Out & About from Fall '15
In this edition:
  • LGBTQ Initiatives and LGBTQ Studies joint Initiatives
  • Student reflections from conferences and LGBTQ History month events
  • New interns join the LGBTQ Initiatives team
Learn more about the history of LGBTQ Initiatives by exploring our newsletter archives.

Signature Initiatives

LGBTQ History Month and Queerfest
Our office supports visibility of LGBTQ artistists, speakers and causes during the month of October, LGBTQ History Month. October also includes National Coming Out Day, October 11, a day to celebrate and to support equality.
"QueerFest," formerly known as "Big Gay Weekend," occurs during April, which is also LGBT History Month. These two events demonstrate that Colgate is a place for all students, staff, faculty, and alumni to live openly. Events include social activities, Coming Out Panel, Coming Out Doors and educational speakers.
Blue for Q LGBTQ Athletic & Social Media Campaign
Athletics is a point of pride at Colgate and so is our LGBTQ community. #Blue4Q, a social media awareness campaign and basketball game brings the community together to celebrate and educate about the LGBTQ community. For the two weeks prior to the game, student organizations, offices and departments, and alumni share selfies on Twitter and Facebook, wearing the color blue. #Blue4Q became a Colgate tradition in 2012 in response to anti-gay graffiti written in blue marker was found on campus.)
Lavender Graduation & Awards Ceremony
This event celebrates the ambitions and accomplishments of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer seniors as they prepare to graduate. The event includes recognition of specific individuals for their great impact on our community.
Academic/Curricular Support and Conference Scholarships
We care about the academic and personal development of our students. Academically, LGBTQ Initiatives works collaboratively with the LGBTQ Studiesprogram and advisory board to promote the visibility and growth of the LGBTQ Studies minor, curricular development through class visits and seminars and workshops for faculty.

You have the opportunity to apply for funding to attend or present at national and regional conferences focusing on LGBTQ research, education, community organizing, or activism. In the past, students have attended all of the following: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force-Creating Change, Expanding the Circle for Higher Education Professionals, Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, and Northeast LGBT Conference.

Concerned About a Friend?

Colgate University takes discrimination and bias seriously, including gender-based violence. Click here for information on sexual assault and bias resources for the university community. It is important to report an incident or concern about a student so we can seek to provide assistance. Please click here to report!

Contact or Visit Us!

Dr. Khristian Kemp-DelisserLGBTQ Initiatives is located in the Center for Women's Studies, East Hall 108B
Hours: M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Staff:  Dr. Khristian Kemp-Delisser, Assistant Dean and Director of LGBTQ Initiatives

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