Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Melissa Gonzalez
This project is an archival project of Davidson’s queer community, black community, and queer black community. The goal of this project is to recuperate documents that characterize what it means to navigate Davidson with an intersectional identity through time. The project starts in 1986, when the Gay Support Group was first introduced to campus, and moves through the present, demonstrating how conversations surrounding race and sexuality change over time and across campus. Throughout Davidson’s history, there has been a lack of intersectionality in conversations surrounding race, gender, and sexuality. Thus, while the archive houses documents that do not, on their own, address intersectionality, the project includes a queer of color critique to address the ways Davidson has thought about race and queerness. In addition, oral histories from current students and Davidson alum present an intersectional analysis of the ways that queer black Davidson is perceived currently and remembered as time post-graduation progresses. There are also a few oral histories that discuss non-black intersectional identities at Davidson.