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Queer Peers

Building Community for first year, change of campus, and transfer LGBTQ+ students 

Belong. Be informed. Graduate.

Queer Peers aims to share information and resources, build community, and assist with students' transition to Penn State, University Park. As first year, transfer, or change-of-campus students, participants can engage in various events, programs, and activities that will enhance their student experience, social networks, and will help them gain a better understanding of Penn State's resources as they relate to the LGBTQ+ community.

Main Events: 

New In Town (Beginning of Fall Semester)

A friendly welcome to University Park! Enjoy meeting other new to university park students while enjoying fun activities to learn more about your new peers. Enjoy light refreshments and wonderful conversations. Find out what the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity has to offer!

New & Q (Mid Fall Semester)

Has the first semester at University Park been overwhelming? Do you want to reconnect with others in the community? Do you need a break from studies? Enjoy a relaxing evening with others who feel the same way. Create a college care package with snacks, teas, and school supplies for you and your friends.

New Year, New Queer (Beginning of Spring Semester)

Happy New Year! New Year’s Resolution: Get More involved with campus!

Welcome in the new year with the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity. Reconnect with friends after the break with exciting activities to start you off on the right foot for the new semester!

Fall 2020 Events

Students participating in Queer Peers are encouraged to contact each other and go to university events together. Not all of these events are exclusive to Queer Peers or held by the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, however, we encourage you all to still attend these events to get to know other areas on campus. The program coordinator, Eric Duran, will attend all events, so don't worry about attending them alone.

If an event is labeled Queer Peers Exclusive Event! that means the event is only open to those participating or interested in the Queer Peers program. These events will be great to get to know other first year, change of campus, or transfer students. 

Tuesday August 25 | New In Town | A Virtual Experience | 4:30 p.m.  

Students can join Instagram Live at 4:30 pm for a virtual walkthrough the center and a live Q&A. Students can register before or after to interact with online activities and icebreakers. Queer Peers Exclusive Event!  

Wednesday September 2 | All Campus Welcome | A Virtual Experience 

Every Fall, the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity hosts a Welcome Reception, inviting the entire Penn State LGBTQ+ community and their allies to a meet and greet. It is an opportunity for returning and new students to connect and kick off a new academic year. This Fall, the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity will showcase, via Flipgrid videos, the annual Welcome Reception. This virtual event is an opportunity for returning and new students to discover what resources are available to them on the University Park campus. 

Wednesday September 2 | First Late Night: Take What You Need | 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. | LL011 HUB-Robeson and Virtual  

Post-its will be provided to students. They can write words or phrases of encouragement which will be placed on the CSGD wall panels. The wall will stay as an instillation where students can take whichever post-its, they need. Students can also choose to write an encouraging card as well. Cards will be placed in a basket at the Center for students to take. Students can start the year with spreading positivity.  

Tuesday September 8 | Walk around the Arboretum | 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. | PSU Arboretum  

Take a stroll through the arboretum with the Center program coordinator - Eric Duran. If you are unable to make it watch our virtual tour below! Queer Peers Exclusive Event! 

Link to Arboretum Virtual Tour with CSGD 

Wednesday September 9 | Share your Faith, Feed your Face | 12:00 p.m. | Zoom  

The Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development is holding a virtual luncheon. Join in respectful conversation about faith and spirituality. The program coordinator of the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity will be there!  

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Monday September 14 | Diversity Dialogues | 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. | Zoom  

Students are encouraged to participate in the Diversity Dialogues to get introduced to the Career Center and potential employers. The program coordinator of the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity will be there!  

Registration link coming soon! 

Tuesday September 15 | Zoom | Meet your Discussion Groups | 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Learn more about the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity discussion groups by meeting with the facilitators of the groups. By attending, you'll be able to receive some student self-care items! 

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Monday September 21 | Ice Cream Meetup | 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  

Queer Peers students can enjoy some creamery ice cream with the Center. Come by lunchtime or the evening to meet with other students and talk about how the semester is going. Queer Peers Exclusive Event! 

Look out for October events! 

Thursday November 12 | New & Q | 5:00 p.m. | HUB-Robeson LL011  

Students can create their own care packages. The program is geared towards new students. The packages will include encouraging notes from other students and staff and various items to help them study such as school supplies, snacks, and tea packets. The Center will create the package based on the student’s request to reduce handling of the items. Queer Peers Exclusive Event!