BCRW is excited to welcome Che Gossett to our staff as Community Archivist and Student Coordinator. Che is a Black genderqueer independent scholar and activist who works to excavate queer of color AIDS activist and trans archives. They hold an MA in history from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in education from Brown. They have received a research grant from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University for their project on legacies of queer Black solidarity with Palestinian struggle, have been selected as a Martin Duberman Visiting Scholar with the New York Public Library, and recently received the Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies from the Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies at the City University of New York.
As Community Archivist and Student Coordinator, Che will help BCRW digitize our ephemera collection, which is currently archived in the BCRW Library. They will help develop a plan to make the materials accessible to a wider audience. In addition to working on the archive, Che will also be working with our student research assistants to engage them in activism and research at BCRW.