Student Life

Queer Resource Center

The mission of the Queer Resource Center (QRC) is to support the queer and trans students of Amherst College. The QRC seeks to empower the lives of queer and trans students and provide a safe, intentional, open, and confidential atmosphere where students can gather openly and discuss relevant issues/topics. Through dynamic programming and educational outreach, the QRC seeks to improve the campus climate for queer and trans students and advocate for the respect and safety of all members of the campus community.

Come Out and Play

By William Sweet

Photo by Kate Beemer ’15

[Student Life] “If you can swim, you can swim.”

“If you can row, you can row.”  

So begins a video that Amherst athletes and staff created last spring for the You Can Play Project, a national effort advocating respect for all collegiate athletes, regardless of sexual orientation. It offers a simple yet profound message: “Gay or straight, if you can play, you can play.”

LGBTQIA? "You Can Play" at Amherst

Submitted on Tuesday, 7/9/2013, at 11:57 AM

by William Sweet

Teamwork means sticking up for your teammates, putting aside distractions and disputes, and aiming for achievement. Amherst student-athletes understand this, so it’s no surprise that they have come out to declare that Amherst Athletics welcomes and celebrates its LGBTQIA athletes.

Amherst athletes and staff collaborated this semester to create a video for the You Can Play Project, a national effort advocating respect for all collegiate athletes, regardless of sexual orientation. It offers a simple yet profound message: If you can play, you can play.

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Allen Guttmann Wins Lifetime Achievement Award from International Society of Olympic Historians

October 2009

imageAmherst’s Allen Guttmann, professor of English and American studies, has been honored with a prestigious lifetime achievement award from the International Society of Olympic Historians (ISOH). During a special two-day meeting of the group in Cologne, Germany, in August, Guttmann delivered an address titled “Ludic Diffusion as Cultural Imperialism?” and received an honorary ISOH diploma as well as a bronze bust of Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games. “I was especially pleased to be able to begin my address by thanking, at some length, the European scholars whose work had inspired me and whose help had been indispensable,” said Guttmann. “I was quite moved that many of these scholars come to Cologne in order to be present at the ceremony.”