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LGBTQ Initiatives

Dedicated to supporting our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students, staff and faculty by enhancing diversity and visibility throughout the greater campus community.
As part of National Coming Out Day, students set up a door in the COOP to symbolize a closet. Students were asked to write their name and an experience or statement to show support for the difficulties that LGBTQ people face.

Colgate Launches Personal Gender Pronoun Service 

Students, staff, and faculty can now share their personal gender pronouns in the school's data system. Once entered, pronouns will appear along with your name on professors' course rosters and administrative dean web-based dashboards. Download this foldable table tent Guide to Personal Gender Pronouns to display on your desk or personal workspace.
Further information, including what a personal gender pronoun is, how to add or change your pronoun, and other trans and non-binary resources at Colgate, can be found on our Trans@Colgate page.

Highlighting LGBTQ History at Colgate

Student-created 'Zine

DOWNLOAD 'ZINELGBTQ faculty member Ken Velente, staff member khristian kemp-delisser, and students Jake Mahr '17 and Daniel Berry '17 presented at Expanding the Circle Conference in San Francisco at Fall 2016. Check out this 'Zine the student leaders created for the presentation, highlighting collaborative efforts to uncover and create visibility of LGBTQ narratives and history at Colgate.

Safe Zone

This training — open to faculty, staff, and students — aims to create a supportive campus climate by encouraging conversation around gender identity and sexual orientation, homophobia, heterosexism, and various oppressions. By educating members of the campus community about current LGBTQ-related issues, members of the campus community can be more prepared to provide support and resources on LGBTQ and Ally concerns.

Any person or group can request a Safe Zone training:

Out & About: Newsletter for the Colgate Community and Alumni

We invite you to read our most recent Out & About from Fall '16
In this edition:
  • LGBTQ Initiatives and LGBTQ Studies joint Initiatives
  • Highlights of student research and art projects
  • New interns join the LGBTQ Initiatives team
Learn more about the history of LGBTQ Initiatives by exploring our newsletter archives.

Signature Initiatives

Blue for Q LGBTQ Athletic & Social Media Campaign
Athletics is a point of pride at Colgate and so is our LGBTQ community. #Blue4Q, a social media awareness campaign and basketball game brings the community together to celebrate and educate about the LGBTQ community. For the two weeks prior to the game, student organizations, offices and departments, and alumni share selfies on Twitter and Facebook, wearing the color blue. #Blue4Q became a Colgate tradition in 2012 in response to anti-gay graffiti written in blue marker was found on campus.)
LGBTQ History Month and Queerfest
Our office supports visibility of LGBTQ artists, speakers and causes during the month of October, LGBTQ History Month. October also includes National Coming Out Day, October 11, a day to celebrate and to support equality.

"QueerFest," formerly known as "Big Gay Weekend," occurs during April, which is also LGBT History Month. These two events demonstrate that Colgate is a place for all students, staff, faculty, and alumni to live openly. Events include social activities, Coming Out Panel, Coming Out Doors and educational speakers.
Academic/Curricular Support and Conference Scholarships
We care about the academic and personal development of our students. Academically, LGBTQ Initiatives works collaboratively with the LGBTQ Studies program and advisory board to promote the visibility and growth of the LGBTQ Studies minor, curricular development through class visits and seminars and workshops for faculty.

You have the opportunity to apply for funding to attend or present at national and regional conferences focusing on LGBTQ research, education, community organizing, or activism. In the past, students have attended all of the following: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force-Creating Change, Expanding the Circle for Higher Education ProfessionalsWoodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, and Northeast LGBT Conference.
Lavender Graduation and Awards Ceremony
This event celebrates the ambitions and accomplishments of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer seniors as they prepare to graduate. The event includes recognition of specific individuals for their great impact on our community.

Concerned About a Friend?

Colgate University takes discrimination and bias seriously, including gender-based violence. Click here for information on sexual assault and bias resources for the university community. It is important to report an incident or concern about a student so we can seek to provide assistance. Please click here to report.

Contact Us

Dr. Khristian Kemp-DelisserLocation: Center for Women's Studies, East Hall 108B
Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Staff:  Dr. Khristian Kemp-Delisser
Assistant Dean and Director of LGBTQ Initiatives
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