Spelman College Becomes the First HBCU to Create Chair in Queer Studies

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Spelman College recently announced it created a faculty chair in queer studies (Shutterstock).

Spelman College made history on Tuesday, October 29 after it announced it would fund a faculty chair in queer studies. The Atlanta-based women’s college is the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to create this program.

The college said in a statement that the position was backed by philanthropist Jon Stryker with a matching gift of $2 million. Spelman stated that it had started a fundraising campaign, which will be matched with Stryker’s $2 million donation.

“Spelman College has long been at the forefront of LGBTQ inclusion and education among HBCUs,” said Stryker. “By supporting this chair, the goal is to engage and empower the next generation of LGBTQ advocates to create a better world.

The new program will be named after civil rights activist and poet Audre Lorde, who was one of the 20th century’s…

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