Columbia Unveils LGBTQ Faculty Diversity Initiative, First Among Peer Institutions

📸: Anna Alonso, Columbia Spectator📸: Anna Alonso, Columbia Spectator

When Dean of Humanities Sharon Marcus was a student at Brown, there were no professors dedicated to LGBTQ scholarship. Now, as part of a new initiative announced to faculty last week, Columbia will hire four faculty members who specialize in queer studies.

“I’m very excited because this is a field in which I’ve worked,” Marcus said. “I am myself a lesbian, but besides some of the personal investment that I have as a person and intellectual, I understand what a difference it makes; when I was in college I didn’t have a single professor who talked about issues of what we then called homosexuality.”

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