After receiving a hefty donation, Spelman College has made history regarding LGBTQ studies. Spelman has become the first historically black college to establish a queer studies chair, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
The $2 million donation was gifted to the all-female college by Jon Stryker, founder and president of the Arcus Foundation, which is dedicated to advancing LGBTQ human rights through providing grants. According to a statement from Spelman’s President Mary Schmidt, these monies will allow students “to deepen their understanding around the study of sexuality and gender.”
The chair will be a part of the Comparative Women’s Studies Program at Spelman’s Women’s Research and Resource Center. The chair will be named after Audre Lorde, who had donated her papers to Spelman’s archives and had spoken there several times.
Spelman will begin fundraising to match the $2 million donation received from Stryker.