Chris Wolf interviewed by Ree Robson
July 24, 2019
Chris Wolf was a psychology major and was a student at Whitman from 1994 to 1998. She was involved in theatre and environment activism, and helped found a student group known as SEED (Student Efforts for Equality and Diversity) that was focused on diversity and raising awareness of race and equality issues. Wolf got involved with the LGBTQ-only student group known as GLBA at the time and took on the position as contact person and representative of the group, coming out as bisexual. After Whitman, Wolf got a Master’s in Counseling and does counseling work today. She was a co-founder of the group, Growing Veterans, along with veteran Chris Brown. Growing Veterans helps vets find support and community through farming. At the time of the interview, she lived in Bellingham, WA, her hometown.
In this interview, Christina ‘Chris’ Wolf ’98, a psychology major, recalls her experiences at Whitman as a bisexual student in the 1990s. Initially interested in theater and dance, Wolf comments on how her desire to help people shifted her interests towards psychology and counseling. She recounts how she questioned her identity while in high school, and how she ended up looking to Whitman’s Gay Lesbian Bisexual Alliance for community and the space to explore her feelings. Wolf was out as bisexual in college, including to her family, and gives credit to the GLBA for giving her the support she needed to be confident enough to do that. As a contact for GLBA, Wolf took on a leadership position, but she remembers that it was very informal. Wolf mentions how, despite Coalition Against Homophobia (CAH) and GLBA’s newness, they were already a major presence on campus by the time of her arrival, especially with events like DragFest sponsored by CAH. The interview ends with a conversation about changes in LGBTQ activism and acceptance of LGBTQ identities over the past twenty years.
1 digital audio recording: 01:27:04
Whitman College and Northwest Archives, Whitman College LGBTQ+ Oral History Project Recordings and Transcripts, WCA159
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