There are several ways to get involved with the work of the Queer Memory Project of Northern Colorado, including taking classes or trainings, telling your story, attending or requesting an event, and volunteering.
Attend an Event
The Queer Memory Project of Northern Colorado holds fun and engaging events about the region’s LGBTQ+ past throughout the year, but particularly during the months of June (Pride Month) and October (LGBTQ+ History Month). You can check out our Events & Exhibitions page to find out about upcoming events near you.
Request an Event
We offer talks, presentations, and other kinds of events about the LGBTQ+ past for groups and communities in the region and throughout the state. In line with our Land Grant mission and commitment to public engagement, we provide free programming for K-12 schools, universities, community organizations, non-profits, government entities and agencies, and other local and regional institutions. We also do corporate events. If you are interested in working with us on an upcoming event for your group, organization, or business, talk with us. Please remember to give us as much notice as possible when requesting events, particularly during June and October.
SPCM 380.A5: Communicating the Queer Past
For students enrolled at Colorado State University, the Department of Communication Studies offers an undergraduate course linked directly to the theories and practice of the work of the Queer Memory Project of Northern Colorado. SPCM 380.A5: Communicating the Queer Past is taught by Dr. Tom Dunn, director of the Queer Memory Project and an Associate Professor in Communication Studies. During each semester in which the course is taught, students focus on an engaged research project on the queer past of Northern Colorado. The class includes academic work in the history and theory of doing queer memory work; but also includes several community-engaged research projects that contribute directly to the Queer Memory Project and our mission to preserve and share the region’s LGBTQ+ past with public audiences. In this way, the class is an outstanding combination of the study of communication with local LGBTQ+ subject matter.
The class is open to undergraduate students in all majors on campus. The enrollment for the class is caped at 40 students. Registration is conducted through the usual registration process. The course is currently scheduled to be taught in Spring 2022 and Fall 2022. Future sessions are TBD.
You can learn more about how to Take the Class here.
Seminar for K-12 Educators
In addition to the class for local university students, the Queer Memory Project also offers K-12 educators in Colorado the opportunity to learn more about Northern Colorado’s LGBTQ+ past. In particular, QMP offers summer trainings to groups of educators about the importance of LGBTQ+ past in K-12 education, opportunities to incorporate these topics in their own classroom under Colorado law, and the chance to help build curricular materials for such work alongside other like-minded teachers and experts in the state. These trainings are offered free of charge to K-12 educators.
Currently, the first round of this training is dependent upon the funding of a grant to be awarded in December 2021. If this grant is funded, the training will take place during the summer of 2022. Please check back as more information about this opportunity, including how to apply, will be posted in the months ahead. Information about this and other trainings will also be posted to our mailing list.
Tell Us Your Story
If you have a story to tell about the LGBTQ+ memory, history, or past events in the Northern Colorado region, we would love to hear from you! You can find out more about how to contribute to the project by sharing your story at the Tell Your Story page.
As the Queer Memory Project grows, we’ll be posting opportunities for volunteers from the wider Northern Colorado community to help us in our work. Please check back for updates and opportunities as they come available. You can also join our mailing list to stay updated on these opportunities.