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2018 NY6 Spectrum Conference

Connecting, empowering and expanding safety for LGBTQ+ students at NY6 schools.
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The NY6 Spectrum Conference, March 23-25 2018, is open to all staff, faculty and students from all schools or institutions to educate about and for a diverse range of identities and experiences related to sexual orientation and gender. This year's conference will engage the main themes of art, networking, and community building in fun, meaningful, and intersectional ways.


Watch this website for updates! For more information, email lgbtq@colgate.edu


We have a full weekend of events planned! Spectrum attendees and their student hosts can meet up beginning Friday, March 23 for a public screening of Miss Major! documentary about the life and times of our keynote speaker, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy. Saturday's events include:
  • Workshop session blocks
  • Group meals with interactive activities
  • Identity-based caucus space for social and professional networking
  • Casual craft-making and hang out space
  • Resources from educational/service organizations and groups
  • Free HIV/STD Testing
 Friday, March 23
5:00 p.m. Friday Night Film Night: Miss Major!
Registration, Meet Colgate Student Host
Saturday, March 24
9:00 a.m. Registration; Meet Colgate student host
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. First group activity with lunch
1:00–4:00 p.m. Concurrent 60-minute workshop sessions (workshop schedule and descriptions)
1:00–4:00 p.m. Casual "Hang" space with resources, crafts, button making, snacks
4:00–5:00 p.m. Identity caucus time
QTPOC/Trans* & Gender Non-Binary & Bi "Fluid" Sexuality / Ally
5:30 p.m. Keynote at Love Auditorium (Olin Hall)
7:00 p.m. Dinner and discussion
10:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m. Dance at the Palace Theater
Sunday, March 25
9:00–10:00 a.m. Continental breakfast at Women's Studies
10:00–11:00 a.m. Closing activity and feedback/Spectrum hosting panel discussion

Keynote: "A Conversation With Miss Major Griffin-Gracy"

Miss Major Griffin Gracy
Miss Major Documentary Film log

The keynote event of the conference will center radical queerness and racial justice, including a critique of the gay rights movement. This event will be open to any Colgate community members in addition to the Spectrum Conference attendees.

A “Conversation with Miss Major Griffin Gracy” will be a live interview on stage with Miss Major and her friend, fellow organizer/advocate for formerly incarcerated transgender individuals, and Colgate alum, Jayden Callahan '00. The two of them will focus on reflections from Miss Major’s history of activism in movements that have led up to our contemporary trans rights movement in the United States, as well as the importance of building intergenerational, multi-racial communities for queer people.

Fees & Costs
Please note that this conference is free to all participants, with support from the NY6 Consortium and Colgate University. We encourage individual schools to coordinate and pay for travel to Colgate for the conference. In an effort to make this conference accessible to as many students as possible, many of our students are willing to host a visitor from other campuses. Be sure to register and indicate you need hosting. We will match as many students as possible with a host and inform people of their match status with adequate time to make alternate arrangements at local hotels, motels, inns and bed & breakfasts. We also encourage schools or local organizations to offer help with travel through shuttle, bus or car.

Faculty and staff members may register for free, but are requested to make their own hotel accommodations and travel from their home institution.

Meals starting with lunch on Saturday and ending with breakfast on Sunday, will be covered by the conference for all participants.
Student Hosting & Lodging Info
The Spectrum conference offers visiting students a free hosting program so they can stay on campus to get a fully immersive experience. However, depending on demand and visitor sensitivities, not all students are required to stay with a Colgate student. When registration closes in February, students who are not matched with a host will be informed with plenty of time to make alternate plans.

Staff and faculty participants can call and make their own reservations through local hotels. Please provide the hotel a direct payment at the time of your reservation. the Wendt Inn is our official hotel partner and they are offering a discount conference rate of $109/night if you mention you are registering for the Spectrum Conference. If you prefer other lodging, Colgate provides a thorough list of local B&B and hotels

About New York Six & the Spectrum Sponsors
Spectrum is hosted every two years by a member of the NY6 Liberal Arts Consortium , which seeks to facilitate collaboration among its schools to fullfil their educational missions, serve the public good, and enhance options for students, faculty, and staff at Skidmore College, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, St. Lawrence University, Colgate University, Union College, and Hamilton College.

The conference is also sponsored by the following Colgate University offices: President's Office, Dean of the College, Center for Women's Studies, Film & Media Studies, ALANA Cultural Center, Shaw Wellness Center, LGBTQ Initiatives.
Travel & Accessibility
Participants will need to arrange for transportation from their college or hotel to Colgate University campus. We encourage you to contact administrators or your student government to solicit funds for travel. Directions from most locations can be found on the Admissions website. For GPS directions to Colgate, please use the following address: 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346. 

Participants requiring any form of accessibility-related accommodations, or those with dietary restrictions should note these on the registration form. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to discuss any accommodations, please contact the conference planning group at lgbtq@colgate.edu.