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Hancock Commons

A living-learning community of roughly 250 students.

Leaders

Antonio Barrera, Associate Professor of History and Africana and Latin American Studies, Department of History Chair

Antonio Barrera

Associate Professor of History and Africana and Latin American Studies, Department of History Chair
History, 308 Alumni Hall
Phone: 315-228-7549
E-mail: abarrera@colgate.edu

FACULTY PROFILE
Pilar Mejía Barrera, Senior Lecturer in Spanish

Pilar Mejía Barrera

Senior Lecturer in Spanish
Romance Languages, 216 Lawrence Hall
Phone: 315-228-7286
E-mail: pbarrera@colgate.edu

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Fareeza Islam, Assistant Director of Residential Life

Fareeza Islam Hanif

Senior Assistant Director of Residential Life
Senior Assistant Director of Residential Life
Phone: 315-228-7367
E-mail: fislam@colgate.edu
Senior Assistant Director of Residential Life
Phone: 315-228-7367
E-mail: fislam@colgate.edu
Avatar for Megan O'Brien, Hancock Commons residential fellow.

Megan O'Brien

Residential Fellow

Faculty and Staff Affiliates

Affiliates will be announced soon.

Named For

Gordon Blaine Hancock

Hancock is a graduate of the Class of 1919, Colgate seminary 1920, Colgate honorary degree 1969, AM in Sociology from Harvard (African American student). Elected VP of the YMCA while at Colgate. Sociology professor at Virginia Union University, where he was 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. Author of a long-running syndicated newspaper column, “Between the Lines,” appearing in 114 newspapers; and cofounder of the Southern Regional Council, a lauded 1940s 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 (a policy Hancock described as a “one-man campaign”).