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The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity hosts several signature and annual programs to spread awareness about the LGBTQA community and educate the Penn State community about sexual and gender diversity.

Welcome Reception

2021 Welcome Reception

Each fall the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity hosts their Welcome Reception, inviting the entire Penn State LGBTQ+ community and their allies to explore all that is offered to new and returning students. This year's welcome will include University offices, units, and student groups sending messages of welcome and discussing the resources they offer to LGBTQ+ students. 

Monday, August 30 in HUB Robeson Center-Heritage Hall 4:30-6:00 p.m. 

University resources, snacks, DJ, and Karaoke. 

Come join us and kick off the new semester!

LGBTQ+ History Month



October is LGBTQ+ History Month! LGBTQ+ History Month is a month-long celebration that is nationally recognized. At Penn State, we celebrate the month with a variety of speakers, events, and workshops.

October 2021 History Month programs

Wednesday, October 6 HUB Takeover-All Day

Wednesday, October 13 Keynote Speaker-Alok Vaid-Menon (Virtual) 6:00 p.m. 

Alok Vaid-Menon is an American writer, performance artist, and media personality who performs under the moniker ALOK. Alok is gender non-conforming and transfeminine and uses singular they pronouns.


Transgender Awareness Month


Stay tuned for Transgender Awareness Month programming. 

AIDS/HIV Awareness
Pride Month

Penn State Center for  
Sexual and Gender Diversity Celebrates Pride Month 2022


Day of Silence - Monday, April 12 - Recognition 

The National Day of Silence is a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools, colleges, and universities. 

Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. From the first-ever Day of Silence at the University of Virginia in 1996 to the organizing efforts in over 8,000 middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities across the country in 2008, its textured history reflects its diversity in both numbers and reach. 


Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation 2022

Lavender Graduation is an annual celebration that recognizes Penn State's LGBTQ+ students and acknowledges their achievements and contributions to the University. It is an inspiring and affirming ceremony that celebrates the achievements of graduate and undergraduate students in the LGBTQ+ community from all the Penn State campuses. 

The ceremony includes recognition of scholarship awardees, campus awards, and a time to thank significant supporters. In recognition of their achievements, graduates receive a rainbow tassel, stole, and graduation certificate. 

Who can participate?
Students from any Penn State campus who have graduated the winter prior to the ceremony or will be graduating the spring, summer, or winter after the ceremony. (December 2020 - December 2021). 

Register for Lavender Graduation Here 

Who can attend? 
Anyone can attend the ceremony! We encourage graduates to bring friends, family, and other supporters to the ceremony. Attendees may also attend if they want to support the graduating class as a whole, even if they do not have a specific student they are supporting. 

Scholarships and Awards 
Students receiving scholarships and awards are also invited to attend Lavender Graduation. A portion of the ceremony is dedicated to acknowledging the efforts of scholarship and award recipients. 

Award nomination form


Late Night in the Center

During the academic year, the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity has extended hours on Wednesday nights 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. During this time, students have access to the lounge space and we facilitate a fun activity, craft, or program. Past activities have included pumpkin painting, Harry Potter wand-making, and game nights.

Upcoming Late Nights (Fall 2021): 

September 1 - Sustainable Swap

Brought too much to college or forgot to bring something? Come by the Center during Late Night for a swap meet! Please bring items the night of or anytime beforehand. 

September 8 - Scavenger Hunt 

CSGD will provide a list and find places around campus! Tag the Center and win a prize! 

September 15 - Late Night Art Talk with Michael Mwenso and Vuyo  

CSGD and Student Arts Engagement are honored to host artists Michael Mweonso and Vuyo for a late night conversation with students.