1813

Colby College chartered by the Massachusetts Legislature as the Maine Literary and Theological Institute.

1820

 

1830

 

1833

After William Lloyd Garrison speaks at Colby, students form an Anti-Slavery Society.

1840

 

1847

Abolitionist Elijah Parish Lovejoy, Colby class of 1826, is killed in Alton, IL, becoming the first martyr to the freedom of the press.

1850

 

1855

Frederick Douglass visits Maine, including Waterville.

1860

 

1865

Sam Osborne, former slave and long-time janitor at Colby, arrives in Waterville.

1870

 

1875

Mary Low is the first woman to graduate from Colby.

1877

Louise Coburn graduates. She goes on to become the first female Trustee.

1880

 

1887

Adam S. Green is the first African American man to graduate from Colby.

1890

 

1900

Marion Osborne, daughter of Sam Osborne, is the first African American woman to graduate from Colby.

1908

Ninetta Runnals graduates.  She becomes a long-time Dean of Women and advocate for equal services for women at Colby.

1910

 

1920

 

1930

 

1932

The Colby chapter of Tau Delta Phi was established.  TDP was known for its nondiscriminatory membership practices and its acceptance of all racial and religious backgrounds.

1940

 

1950

In protest of low wages, a Colby student organizes a labor strike during the construction of the new campus.

1960

 

1961

Jackie Nunez fights for anti-discrimination policies at Colby.

1966

Andy Bear is the first Native American to graduate from Colby.

1970

African American students take over the chapel demanding change at Colby.
  Students organize mass protests of U.S. Vietnam involvement following the deaths of four students at Kent State.

1980

 

1985

With President Cotter’s support, students protest for divestment of Colby funds in South Africa.

1990

 

1994

Students of Color United for Change demand multicultural housing and better treatment for students of color on campus.
  A series of anti-Semitic crimes sparks a large rally against hate crimes on campus.
  Students affiliated by SOAR start Testimony, a social justice publication 

1996

Pugh Center Opens 

1999

With demands aimed at fighting institutional racism, Colby students stage a sit-in at President Cotter’s office.

2000

Colby students begin The Difference, a biweekly newspaper dedicated to issues of activism and social justice.
  Colby students take part in several off-campus protests, such as the SOA, FTAA and Bush Inauguration.

2001

Hardy Girls Healthy Women founded by Lyn Mikel Brown (Education) and Karen Heck ’74

2002

The Coalition for Institutional Accountability drafts a supplement to Colby’s Strategic Plan.

2003

The Posse Program begins at Colby.

2008

A Cinco de Mayo party sparks protest.
  A Hawaiian Lu’au theme for the First Day of Loudness sparks controversy.
  Students, faculty, and staff occupy the Pulver Pavilion to protest racial insensitivity at Colby.

2009

Two male students of color are assaulted by Security in the Pugh Center. The incident sparks a week of protest, dialogue, and an official investigation.

2010

 

2011

Students, faculty, staff, and alumni advocate for a Gender and Sexual Diversity Resource Center.
  Mules Against Violence (MAV) is established by students to raise awareness and promote conversation about sexual violence and masculinity at Colby.
  “Hate is Not a Colby Value” in Spring of 2011 – in response to homophobic vandalism 

2012

Uzoma Orchingwa ’14 premieres his new film, “Black on the Hill,” which documents the experience of students of color at Colby.

 

Hidden Histories: a project by Maggie Libby, recreates the history of women at Colby is shown in Colby Museum of Art

2013

A team of students, including Gordon Fischer ’13 (co-producer and director), Milton Guillen ’15 (co-producer and camera), and Uzoma Orchingwa ’14 (co-producer and editor), premiere the film “Bicentennial,” which explores race, social class, and learning differences at Colby (February 22, 2013)
  Students affiliated with “Reclaim Colby.” and calling for change at the College, unexpectedly step up to the microphone in Lorimer Chapel following President William “Bro” Adams’ Bicentennial Address on February 27th.

2014

United for Better Dining Services (UBDS) officially active in February  
  First SOBHU organized die-in takes place Pulver in October, in response to police brutality throughout the country

2015

Students and faculty come together in response to a number of racist posts on Yik Yak concerning a Black Lives Matter protest 
  The start of the Pugh Center Leadership Council/Collective (PCLC) takes places in November, a biweekly meeting open to all club leaders in Pugh who want to share news and thoughts and tips. 

2016

Student physically harassed in a homophobic encounter in the Alfond Apartments 
  Rape reporting process brought under scrutiny after rape goes unpunished 
  Three Students of color are assaulted on an off-campus party bus 
  Student and faculty post on civil discourse about bias incidents under the chain: “Beware what you practice…”
  Campus Response to Trump’s Presidential Election
  Students hold a “Colby Stands Against Hate” Demonstration in December 

2017

Students organize Melanin March in April 

 

In February, mediated conversations related to a group of students who sent invites to a party called the “The Great Migration” during Black History Month with a number of distasteful stereotypes about Africa 
  Maine March for Racial Justice takes place in October, organized by Colby students 

2018

Students hold a “Colby Enough” Walk Out in March 
  All five students of color drop out of a poetry class in response to a racism in the classroom