BENEFITING: THE GRADUATE CENTER FOUNDATION INC
This semester marks a very important moment in the history of CLAGS, as we are celebrating our 25th anniversary at the CUNY Graduate Center. Since April 1991, CLAGS has been an academic home for students, faculty, and staff members at the Graduate Center, at CUNY, and all over New York City. To celebrate and sustain our organization, we are launching our 25 for 25 campaign! It is our hope that over the course of 2016 we will raise $25,000 to celebrate the 25 years of support, scholarship, and community work that we have provided, and to ensure the continuation of our important work into the future!
For 25 years, CLAGS has provided our communities with LGBTQ affirming fellowships, scholarships, lectures, conferences, workshops, seminars, performances, and conversations - while promoting, developing, and learning about Queer Theory, Gender Studies, and Trans Studies from some of the most renowned professors, educators, artists, and activists in the world. Over time, the focus of CLAGS would also include concepts like intersectionality, critical race theory, and genderqueerness- demonstrating the multiple dimensions and complexities of our communities, as well as the various ways that our multiple identities impact our lives.
To celebrate our 25th anniversary, CLAGS is hosting a number of wonderful events:
- March 4, 2016: CLAGS celebrated with an amazing 25th Anniversary Conference at the CUNY Graduate Center. Speakers included our founder Martin Duberman, CLAGS past/present executive directors (Alisa Solomon, Paisley Currah, Sarah Chinn, & Kevin Nadal), former board members, and more!
- May 6, 2016: CLAGS will host our 25th Anniversary Celebration at the LGBT Center (208 W. 13th Street, Room 301) from 7-9pm, immediately following the Gay American History at 40 Conference taking place at the New School. Please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clags-25th-anniversary-celebration-tickets-22333024678
- Fall/Winter 2016: CLAGS will be featured in the forthcoming "Queer Methods" issue of WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly. The special issue, entitled "CLAGS at 25: Classic and Contemporary" is edited by Matt Brim and Amin Ghaziani, and will include reflections by CLAGS visionaries Jill Dolan, Rosamond King, Kevin Nadal, and Martin Duberman. For information about WSQ and our publisher, the Feminist Press, visit www.feministpress.org/wsq
Over time, CLAGS has existed in different financial contexts, ranging from surplus to precarity. While we are thankful to receive some support from the Graduate Center, CUNY, it is not enough to pay for our expenses. Individual and community support is necessary to ensure our survival and success. After a dire financial situation just a few years ago, we are grateful to say that our organization has bounced back, and that we have been able to keep our doors open due to the hard work of our four part-time staff members, board members, community members, and financial supporters. We are hoping that with our 25th anniversary, an additional $25,000 will ensure a stable financial base for our future work.
Your donation will help us continue to host cutting-edge speakers at our public events, provide a range of fellowships to emerging and established LGBTQ scholars and artists, cover printing and mailing costs, and keep our online resources at www.clags.org available to our communities. Our donors play a critical role in helping to promote and disseminate LGBTQ scholarship and community activism, and we hope that you will support us in this work.
Many thanks and happy anniversary!
Kevin L. Nadal (CLAGS Executive Director), CLAGS Board Members, and CLAGS Staff Members