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Camille Colatosti Papers

Identifier: LP001963

Scope and Content

This collection is comprised of three series: Series 1: Teaching, conferences and talks; Series 2: Women’s issues and organizations; Series 3: Writings and publications.

Series 1 includes the files relating to Colatosti’s various teaching positions beginning with her work as a graduate student instructor at the University of Michigan while she was obtaining her PhD degree. Some files from her time teaching at a number of other local colleges during the 1990s, including Henry Ford Business College and Wayne State University, as well as teaching computer skills through Operation ABLE, are also present in this series. Additionally, documents from conferences she presented at and talks she gave can be found in this series.

Series 2 contains information regarding Colatosti’s involvement with women’s organizations like 9to5, Focus on Women, and the Working Women’s Project This series also includes handouts, correspondence, evaluations and other materials used for her sexual harassment workshops and also her work writing a stopping sexual harassment handbook. Of note are some pamphlets on racism in the workplace and gay and lesbian benefits.

Series 3 contains files on Colatosti’s writings for magazines and publications, covering labor, women, guns, youth and a variety of other topics. These files include notes, resources, correspondence and drafts of articles.


  • 1986 - 2002



Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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Camille Colatosti was born in 1962. She received her Ph.D. in Language and Literature from the University of Michigan in 1990. From 1989 to 1992, she worked for the Detroit-based labor journal, Labor Notes. While working at Labor Notes, Colatosti wrote Stopping Sexual Harassment: A Handbook for Union and Workplace Advocates and began providing Stopping Sexual Harassment workshops. After leaving Labor Notes in 1992, she continued to write articles on labor, women, health care and guns, among other topics for other publications and magazines. She also established and ran the Working Women’s Project, which sought to provide leadership training and support to working women, and provide them with information needed to achieve equality in the workplace. Through this project, in addition to leadership training, Colatosti traveled across the country running sexual harassment workshops for various groups including unions. During the 1990s, Colatosti also stayed active in teaching as a college educator and by working with Operation ABLE, an organization that helps adults find employment. Her work with Operation ABLE focused on teaching computer skills, much of this work was done through Hannan House.

Colatosti began working at Berklee College of Music in Boston as Liberal Arts Chair in 2007 and served as the founding dean of Berklee's Graduate Studies program. From 2011 to 2018, Colatosti was Dean of Institutional Assessment and Graduate Studies at Berklee College. She is the author of To Be an Artist: Musicians, Visual Artists, Writers, and Dancers Speak (2012). In 2018, she became Provost at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.


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Camille Colatosti worked during the 1990s as a writer and as an advocate for working women. Originally writing as a staff member at Labor Notes, a Detroit-based labor journal, Colatosti left in 1992 but continued her writings for journals and publications focusing on labor and women, among other topics. During her time at Labor Notes, Colatosti wrote Stopping Sexual Harassment: A Handbook for Union and Workplace Advocates, and began to run workshops on this topic, raising awareness and knowledge of the issue. After leaving Labor Notes, Colatosti established the Working Women's Project, seeking to provide leadership training and support to working women, and provide them with information needed to achieve equality in the workplace. Through this project, she continued her work against sexual harassment and traveled around the country providing harassment workshops to various groups including unions. Camille Colatosti also worked as an educator at local Metro-Detroit colleges and with Operation ABLE, an organization with which she taught basic computer skills to help adults with employment.


The Camille Colatosti Papers are arranged into three series: Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), Series 2 (Boxes 2-5) and Series 3 (Boxes 5-8). Series 1 is arranged roughly in chronological order. Series 2 is arranged roughly by topic, with organizations first, then Stopping Sexual Harassment, both the handbook and the workshops, followed by other sexual harassment files. Series 3 is arranged alphabetically by publication name, with miscellaneous files at the end.


Collection deposited at the Walter P. Reuther Library by Philip Kwik and Camille Colatosti in November 2007.

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