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Open Letters

Messages from the Women's Studies Program to members of the campus community.

Open Letter to the Colgate Community and, Especially, to Our Students (re: 2016 Presidential Election)

November 10, 2016

To the Colgate community, We are at a very difficult crossroads: we witness the chasms that seem to divide us as people in the United States and across the globe. As we have seen over the past year, these distances and differences often take clearest form in our political contests: in the impasse that marks so many conversations on critical issues and in our individual and communal allegiances to the ideologies that guide — and divide — us.


An Open Letter to Students from Women's Studies (re: Sexual Violence on Campus)

November 16, 2015

Dear Colgate Community,

We in Women’s Studies are troubled by the culture of sexual violence on campus. We have been deeply moved by survivors’ testimonies over the course of last week, accounts we have heard repeated for too many years. We affirm that many of our students are hurting. We are present with you; we are listening. We support your activism.