The students of Hancock Commons reside in the Bryan Complex, comprising:
The residence at 94 Broad Street serves as the Hancock Commons social house within Colgate’s Broad Street Community. This facility provides a space to host social gatherings within the Hancock community and is also home to students in the junior and senior classes who have elected to continue residence within the commons and to provide leadership and mentorship for the commons community.
Annually, a number of faculty and staff from across the university connects with the Commons. Students have the opportunity to meet with and learn from these Colgate leaders throughout the year. In addition to growing mentoring relationships, the affiliates often aid students in unlocking opportunities within the Colgate community about which they may have been unaware.
Hancock was a graduate of the Class of 1919, Colgate seminary 1920, and received a Colgate honorary degree in 1969. He also received an AM in Sociology from Harvard.
Hancock went on to be a sociology professor at Virginia Union University, where he is credited as teaching the first-ever academic course on race relations in 1922, and where he organized VUU’s school of race relations in 1931. He was also pastor of Moore Street Baptist church in Richmond, and a leading spokesman for African American equality in the generation before the civil rights movement.
In other endeavors, Hancock authored a long-running syndicated newspaper column, “Between the Lines,” which appeared in 114 newspapers, and was co-founder of the Southern Regional Council, a lauded 1940's civil rights organization.
As an alumnus, Hancock vocally pushed Colgate to return to accepting African-American students during the years when President Cutten did not accept any.