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Faculty and staff are involved with the LGBTQ+ community in a variety of ways. Attend one of many events offered to the larger Penn State community or explore the many academic and social offerings for the LGBTQ+ community at Penn State. Many faculty and staff also collaborate with the LGBTQA Student Resource Center to organize speakers, panels, and other events across campus to assist with creating an even more inclusive campus community.

LGBTQA Student Resource Center Services

The LGBTQA Student Resource Center is equipped to provide many different services, depending on the needs of individuals. Below is a list of some the programs and services we offer:

Academically LGBTQ+

Penn State also has a number of different resources for people interested in the study of human sexuality and gender. The undergraduate minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies addresses human sexuality and gender as they have been conceptualized and investigated by diverse disciplines: humanities (including history and cultural studies), behavioral and social sciences, biological sciences, and visual and performance arts.

Courses in the minor require students to explore scholarship and research on sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender across the lifespan, across cultures, and throughout history. Courses in the minor cover theories of sexuality and gender; sexual orientation; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender movements; the history of sexual norms; queer theory; gender identity; and impact of gender identities and erotic orientations on the arts; etc.

LGBTQ+ Colleague Network Group

The Penn State University Colleague Network Groups (CNGs) are university sponsored employee resource groups for traditionally underrepresented minorities and allies of those groups. The CNGs provide a professional support system that can extend beyond the workplace. Each CNG advocates for a specific demographic within the Penn State faculty and staff community to improve the recruitment and retention efforts as well as the climate for the community as a whole. The CNGs enhance the Penn State culture by providing feedback and programs to develop an environment that fully engages and cultivates all of the faculty and staff of Penn State University.

The mission of the Penn State University LGBTQ+ Colleague Network Group is to raise awareness about the workplace issues faced by LGBTQ+ faculty and staff; provide networking opportunities for LGBTQ+ faculty and staff; and to support the recruitment and retention efforts of LGBTQ+ faculty and staff at Penn State University. In addition, the LGBTQ+ CNG serves as a resource network for all members of the Penn State community.

For more information about the LGBTQ+ Colleague Network Group email list, please contact the LGBTQA Student Resource Center at

Trans and Non-Binary Resources at Penn State

Penn State University is committed to creating a safe and respectful campus for all members of our community including those of all gender identities. Our Trans and Non-Binary Resources page provides general guidelines for specific areas of campus life related to gender identity and gender expression.

Incorporating LGBTQ+ Issues in the Classroom

Please review the following documents regarding the incorporation of LGBTQ+ issues in the classroom environment.

LGBTQ Issues in Your Curriculum 
LGBTQ Assessment for the Classroom 

General Resources and Community Information

As a center, we recognize the need to provide resources to our community that are both inside and outside of Penn State. With this in mind, we have attempted to provide an array of resources internal and external to Penn State. Please visit our Resource section for an array of resources that might be helpful during your time at Penn State.