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Hancock Commons

A living-learning community centered in 94 Broad St. and Cobb, Crawshaw, Parke, and Russell Halls, all located in the Bryan Complex.


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

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

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
Megan O'Brien, Hancock Commons residential fellow.

Megan O'Brien

Residential Fellow
Residential Life, Drake Hall
Phone: 315-228-7367
E-mail: maobrienstaff@colgate.edu

Faculty and Staff Affiliates

  • Maura Tumulty
  • Laur Rivera
  • Suzanne Spring
  • Susan Thomson
  • Jacob Mundy
  • Karen Harpp
  • Alicia Simmons
  • Drea Finley
  • Andrew Pattison
  • Anna Ríos
  • Mary Moran


Bryan Complex
Bryan Complex Residence
The Bryan Complex consists of Cobb, Crawshaw, Parke, and Russell houses and features single and double-occupancy rooms within suites. Suites in this complex share a bathroom and a small hallway area. Each floor in the building has a recreational lounge and a small study lounge. Each building has a laundry facility in the basement. There are microwaves in the kitchenettes or lounges of each house.

Crawshaw House is home to the Harlem Renaissance Center (HRC, see interest housing below).

Room types
3-person suites (1 single, 1 double)
4-person suites (2 singles, 1 double)
5-person suites (3 singles, 1 double)
5-person suites (1 single, 2 doubles)
6-person suites (2 singles, 2 doubles)

94 Broad Street - Hancock Commons Social House
94 Broad Street Residence
94 Broad St. is the Hancock Commons Social House for juniors and seniors. 94 Broad Street has double and single occupancy rooms and spacious common spaces that are perfect for meetings, studying, or just hanging out. 94 Broad also has a full kitchen, laundry facilities, and storage space.

Room types
Single rooms
Double rooms
Triple room

Named For

Gordon Blaine Hancock

Hancock was a graduate of the Class of 1919, Colgate seminary 1920, Colgate honorary degree 1969, AM in Sociology from Harvard. He went on to be a 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. 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. He 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.