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Abstract provided by interviewer Diane Hinesley.

Stacie Murrah attended Abilene Christian University from 1989 to 1993. She received an undergraduate degree in English, with a minor in Education, leaving ACU with a teaching certification. There is often a tension between the goals ACU has and what the university puts forth. Murrah remembers a predominantly male faculty, with women rarely, if ever, stepping into leadership roles. She does not remember women speaking in chapel. She also does not remember sexuality being a topic of conversation. While ACU has continued to become more and more inclusive and liberal in the 30 years since she was a freshman, the university still has many shortcomings. Overall, I realized that the perceptions of what gender and sexuality was like at ACU in the past is entirely a personal recollection, sometimes reaching a consensus.

This interview provides a primary source of what ACU was like in the early-1990s for a middle-class, white, female student. It focused on topics such as student life, biblical undercurrents, gender expectations, and the presence of female role models.


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.