(Re)Framing Faith: How LGBTQ Students of Color and Faith Make Meaning of Their Multiple Identities

Lecture by Chris Woods

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

7:00 p.m., Robert A. Jones Conference Room

There are very few, if any, spaces for LGBTQ college students of color and faith to integrate their identities in ways that are affirming and validating.  Therefore, students are challenged to make meaning of their identities in unique ways in order to make space for all of these complicated intersections of identities.  Join our guest speaker, Chris Woods, as he shares personal narratives and some of the findings of his research on how LGBTQ students of color and faith (re)frame their identities.

Chris Woods is Program Administrator at the NYU LGBTQ Student Center. Chris serves as the Anti-Racism Chair for the Board of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals.

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College, Chellis House and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, The Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, and Queers & Allies.

Free and open to the public.

Panel Discussion:  "Queerness and Religion"

Monday, April 14, 2008
7:00 p.m.
Mead Chapel

Christian and Jewish religious leaders, both gay and straight, discuss homosexuality and religion. Questions will range in topic from acceptance in various religious communities, the notion of same-sex marriage, what constitutes sinful behavior, and interpretations of controversial verses of the Bible. The event is open to everyone, whether a member of the Middlebury College community or not.

Hosted by the Middlebury Open Queer Alliance; co-sponsored by the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious LIfe.


New space for queer studies is one student’s legacy

On a typical Thursday evening, senior Christine Bachman is busy hosting students at the Queer Studies House, a residential academic interest house with a focus on queer studies. These evenings are called “Thursday Teas.” Sipping tea and eating cookies, Bachman and the four other residents of the house start informal conversations on a variety of topics related to queer studies, an emerging interdisciplinary field that critiques traditional norms of sexuality and gender. Sometimes, as many as 30 or 40 students stop by for these gatherings.

“Students get to know and relate to each other on a personal level that in turn enables a safe, open, varied discussion about issues of difference,” explains sophomore Catarina Campbell, who frequently attends these gatherings.

As co-president of the Middlebury Open-Queer Alliance (MOQA), Bachman was one of the three chief architects of the proposal for the Queer Studies House. The proposal was approved by Community Council last year.