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LGBTQ Initiatives

LGBTQ Initiatives is dedicated to supporting our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students 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.

Contact Information

Staff Contact: Dr. Khristian Kemp-DeLisser, Assistant Dean and Director, LGBTQ Initiatives

Staff E-mail:
 kkempdelisser@colgate.edu
Office E-mail: lgbtq@colgate.edu

Address:
Shaw Wellness Institute
Cutten Complex
13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346

Ongoing Programs

Safe Zone Training
NEW: FOLLOW THIS LINK TO A FORM TO REQUEST A SAFE ZONE TRAINING!

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 by contacting LGBTQ Initiatives.
Family Dinner
During classes, every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. the LGBTQ and ally community comes together to connect over a meal at Frank Dining Hall. You and all members of the Colgate and Hamilton communities are welcome!
Conference Scholarships
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 Professionals, and Northeast LGBT Conference.
Transgender Day of Remembrance Service and Celebration
During the month of November, time is set aside a time to memorialize those injured or killed due to anti-trans hate and prejudice. By celebrating a range of gender identities, and educating on gender issues, we can help support and protect our transgender, gender-queer and queer friends.
QueerFest: Celebrating All Identities
This annual event, formerly known as "Big Gay Weekend," provides LGBTQ and ally students an opportunity to network, socialize, and learn with their peers at a conference-style program of speakers, workshops, and social events.
Lavender Graduation
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.
Ally Pledge
Allies are people of any orientation or expression, but who pledge to challenge homophobic, sexist, and heterosexist behaviors or biases. Taking the ally pledge is a symbolic gesture of support for the LGBTQ community. TAKE THE PLEDGE
National Coming Out Week
National Coming Out Day in October is a day to celebrate and to support equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally individuals. By recognizing this day across our community, we can 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.

Out & About: Newsletter for the Colgate LGBTQ Community

Learn more about the history of LGBTQ Initiatives by exploring our newsletter archives.