The Gender and Sexual Diversity Program

Colby College and the Pugh Center supports (LGBTQI) lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, intersex queer, and questioning students to participate fully in college life.

Vision and Mission

Vision: Informed by the wider Colby vision of an inclusive and respectful campus, the Gender and Sexual Diversity (GSD) Program strives to create and inspire a community that: 1) challenges and works to end discrimination and oppression based on real and perceived differences in gender identity, gender expression, sex, and sexual orientation, and the intersections among these and other dimensions of identity; 2) promotes honest and sustained dialogue about difficult issues; 3) is committed to safety and justice for all its members.

Mission: The mission of Colby's Gender & Sexual Diversity (GSD) Program is to provide education, support, and advocacy that 1) work to foster a positive campus climate with respect to gender, sexuality, and sexual culture; 2) interrupt and seek to eradicate issues of sexism, homophobia, sexual violence, and other forms of physical, psychological, systemic and institutional violence based on gender, sex, and sexuality; and 3) consider social justice from the relationship between gender, sexuality, sex, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, ability, national status and religion.

Student Clubs/Organizations Supported:
Colby Sex Club
Feminist Alliance
Gentlemen of Quality (GQ)
Men of Color Alliance (MOCA)
Mules Against Violence (MAV)
Student Health On Campus (SHOC)
The Bridge
Women of Color Alliance (WOCA)

 mail-1  DRESS UP TO SPEAK UP  Members of The Bridge - Colby's queers and allies club cross-dress at Governor Paul LePage's talk to question the governor's view on transgender issues in Maine. Photo: Hieu Phan '14
CAN U HEAR ME KNOW?  In honor of National Coming Out Day, Colby students were treated to a performance of "Can U Hear Me Know? A Gay Man's Journey in Deaf Culture and This Crazy Place Called Life." Photo: Carla Aronsohn '13
 mail-3 TALES OF THE WARIA  Filmmaker Kathy Huang speaks at Colby after a screening of "Tales of the Waria," her documentary on the lives of transgender people in Indonesia. Photo: Carla Aronsohn '13
AMOR Y REVOLUCION  Writer/performer Monica Palacios treats the Colby community to a humorous yet thoughtful performance on gender and sexuality issues. Photo: Hieu Phan '14 mail-2

Staff Resources

Director of the Pugh Center

Dr. Tashia L. Bradley brings a wealth of experience as an administrator and educator in higher education.  She comes to Colby from Berea College where she served as the Director of the Black Cultural Center from 2005 - 2011.  Prior to Berea, Dr. Bradley was Director of Diversity, Gender and Leadership Educational Programs at New College of Florida, Director of Multicultural Affairs/International Student Services at Millikin University, and worked in the Multicultural Resource Center at the University of Kansas.  Dr. Bradley has a B.A. from Florida A & M University, an M.S. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership from Florida State University.  In addition to her extensive experience in administration, Dr. Bradley also served as an academic advisor and taught courses in the General Studies department at Berea College. Dr. Bradley can be reached by email at or

Director of the Gender and Sexual Diversity Program/Associate Director of the Pugh Center

Emily Schusterbauer, the Director of the Gender and Sexual Diversity Program, implements campus initiatives aimed at fostering a safe and supportive climate for Colby students, faculty, and staff who express a full range of gender and sexual identities.  In this effort, she collaborates with student organizations that emphasize gender and/or sexuality in their campus work.  Before coming to Colby, Emily taught Women’s and Gender Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana University, Bloomington, and The Ohio State University.  She completed a B.A. and an M.A. in Women’s Studies and is currently a doctoral candidate in Gender Studies.