Message from Tiffany Lane, Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives
We here at Colgate University pride ourselves on creating an open and welcoming learning environment for all students, faculty, staff, and others in the Hamilton community.
The Office of LGBTQ+ Initiatives is committed to ensuring everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression feels supported. We are proud to be a campus resource and continue to work to provide a safe and affirming community for all LGBTQ+ individuals. Through various educational and community-building opportunities, we are focused on enhancing LGBTQ+ inclusion and advocating for the needs and concerns of the LGBTQ+ community.
I invite you all to attend our programming, presentations, or visit the center. Our office is located in the Center for Women's Studies (East Hall 108B). The center includes programming space, library, meeting room, classroom, and a kitchen. This space also houses the LGBTQ and Women’s Studies programs.
My hope is you will see the center as a resource to find a community and a home away from home.
I look forward to meeting you soon!
Tiffany Lane, MSW
Office of LGBTQ+ Initiatives
Commitment to the Trans Community
Recent news about possible federal changes to Title IX and federal interpretations of sex and gender inclusivity has raised a number of questions about how colleges will work to support students on campuses nationwide.
While such a rule is not currently in effect and has yet to be formally proposed, I, along with my colleagues in the Dean of the College Division, write to reaffirm that Colgate is steadfast in our commitment to maintaining existing policies that are designed to support our trans community. We will continue our inclusive practices, policies, and support regardless of changes that may be made to Title IX guidance.
Currently, Colgate offers gender-neutral housing options, gender-inclusive bathrooms, registrar-recognized personal pronouns and names, access to trans-related healthcare through health services and related insurance coverage, as well as staff and programming resources through our Office of LGBTQ+ Initiatives. These programs and services will remain unchanged.
In addition, Colgate offers classes through the LGBTQ Studies Program, including the opportunity to pursue a minor. Students may engage academically through a variety of disciplinary lenses like LGBT 241/EDUC 241 Queering Education or SOCI 220 Gender, Sexuality and Society. The LGBTQ Studies Program also maintains an Advisory Committee comprised of faculty and staff.
Colgate offers Safe Zone training, a two-hour long seminar that provides an educational environment to learn about and discuss sexuality, gender, and LGBTQ+ topics such as coming out, pronouns, and allyship. Activities and discussions are meant to engage participants in conversations that could improve not only individual understanding but also the lives of LGBTQ+ folks around them. We have two upcoming sessions for Safe Zone Training on November 9 from 7 -9 p.m. and December 5 from 7 -9 p.m. If you are interested in participating, please click here to register.
We are unwavering in our support of our trans and non-binary communities, and we will continue to monitor the national discussion and any possible future legislative action at the federal level.
With warmest regards,
Tiffany Lane, MSW
Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives
As members of the LGBTQ Studies Advisory Committee, we stand unwaveringly with and behind members of the trans community on our campus and across the country who are being threatened by attempts to change the Title IX definition of gender within the Department of Health and Human Services. The proposed changes would be antithetical to the commitments to inclusivity, non-discrimination, well-being, and safety we make daily to members of our institution.
The LGBTQ Studies program promises to continue offering and developing a curriculum that furthers the university's academic mission by, among other things, recognizing the invaluable contributions of trans people to the creation of knowledge through their lives, experiences, and work. One of the core goals of a Colgate education is to foster a space where we can "[s]ee [ourselves] honestly and critically within a global and historical perspective: recognize that [our] beliefs, identities, interests, and values are in part a reflection of [our] background, education, and life experiences." Any retrograde changes to federal civil rights policies that attempt to reduce gender and identity to biological determinism or essentializing traits stand in opposition to this vision.
We remain committed not only to removing the harms and violences faced by trans people, but also to fostering a community that allows trans lives to be supported, protected, and valued. We endorse processes that explicitly protect individuals from harassment and discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression, as well as sex and sexual orientation, and will work to ensure that the university does not waiver on its non-discrimination policies.
Members of the LGBTQ Studies Advisory Committee
- Danny Barreto
- Helene Julien
- Frank Kuan
- Tiffany Lane
- Meika Loe
- Ani Maitra
- Marilyn Rugg
- Cristina Serna
- Mary Simonson
- Suzanne B. Spring
- Casey Sprock
- Mark Stern
- Ken Valente
- Susan W. Woolley
Programs and Education
There are all kinds of events, programming, and groups for LGBTQ+ students at Colgate. Learn how we build community through a rich culture of participation and inclusion.
Trans @ Colgate
Find out about the resources available for trans and gender-nonconforming people at Colgate.
Office of LGBTQ+ Initiatives
The Office of LBGTQ+ Initiatives acts as an advocate for the community in campus affairs, an organizer of events and programming for the community, and a hub for students looking for assistance or someone to talk to.
On-campus, local, regional, and national groups offer resources to support the LGBTQ+ community at Colgate. Find what’s available here.
The LGBTQ Studies program promotes and recognizes the historical, theoretical, and intellectual contributions of LGBTQ people, elevating those that have been marginalized or untold.
Concerned about a Friend?
Colgate takes discrimination and bias seriously, including gender-based and orientation-based violence. It is important to report an incident or concern about a student so we can seek to provide assistance.
Colgate PRIDE: Employee Resource Group
Colgate PRIDE promotes an inclusive community at Colgate for lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and queer employees.