Queer Activism at Colgate Digital History Project


Portion of a door on display during Coming Out Week


The Queer Activism at Colgate (QAC) digital history project includes the QAC digital timeline and oral history recordings with alumni, faculty, and staff. The QAC project began in Fall 2018 and continues to collect and curate material, both through student project work in LGBT 220: An Exploration into LGBTQ Studies and LGBT 360: Archiving Queer Colgate Histories, as well as the contributions of dedicated student research assistants. As an ongoing archive with multiple contributors and interlocutors, the QAC project captures a range of voices and lived experiences; we recognize and celebrate the plurality of voices this brings to our archival material.

Students’ work for the QAC project was completed in multiple iterations of LGBT 220: An Exploration into LGBTQ Studies (Fall 2018, 2019, 2020, and Spring 2022) and in LGBT 360: Archiving Queer Colgate Histories (Spring 2023). Research assistants who have worked on the QAC project are Jacob Licker ’21, Mackenzie Harrison ’22, Kat Housewright ’23, Lily Schaeffer '23, and Earnest Nelson ’25. Faculty supervision has been provided by K G Valente, Professor of Mathematics and LGBTQ Studies, Emeritus; Paul Humphrey, Associate Professor of LGBTQ Studies; and Sarah Keen, former University Archivist and Head of Special Collections and University Archives.

Digital collection of recordings

Alumni interested in being part of the ongoing development of the digital history project can learn more about participating and provide information using the link below.

Alumni participation form Link to Alumni Participation Form

You can learn about the development of the project through interviews produced by the University's Office of Communications.

Episode of 13, Colgate's biweekly podcast, from March 10, 2021

Colgate Magazine article, summer 2021

View this video to learn more about the project and conducting the interviews from the perspective of two QAC Project student research assistants, Mackenzie Harrison, class of 2022, and Jake Licker, class of 2021: