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Abstract provided by interviewer Kendyll Jacobs.

Christopher Jacobs attended Abilene Christian University from 2000 to 2004 and graduated with a degree in Marketing. Abilene Christian University is a school known for its affiliation with the Church of Christ and its theology, as well as for its tightly knit community and high-quality educators. In this interview, Christopher describes the many opportunities he was given in leadership, career development and unique experiences through ACU, as well as the general culture on campus during that time. He explains how his college generation was one of transition in many ways: due to the expansion of technology, significant opening up of career opportunities for women, and development in the Church of Christ belief system; but simultaneously, brings up issues with the culture of ACU, like the lack women in true positions of leadership, as well as the almost non-existent conversation of sexuality and inclusion of the LGBTQ community. Overall, Christopher says he learned to think outside the box of the Church of Christ worldview, read and interpret the Bible for himself, and undo some of the stereotypes he had simply accepted, after he graduated from the university; and he encourages current students to be aware of this and pursue to learn all of this while they are here inside the ACU bubble.


The ACC/ACU Gender and Sexuality Project preserves firsthand accounts of alumni of Abilene Christian College (later Abilene Christian University), with particular attention to how students, faculty, and staff have experienced issues of gender and sexuality during their time at the institution. The collection began in Fall 2019 as a class project in HIST 340, Historical Perspectives on Gender and Sexualities.