Attend LGBTQ+ Signature and Annual Programs
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
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.
- LGBTQ+ History Month
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.
- Transgender Awareness Month
TRANSGENDER AWARENESS MONTH
November is Transgender Awareness Month--a time to celebrate the transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse communities.
- Black History Month
Join the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity in celebrating Black History Month in February!
Black History Month Trivia | Thursday, February 3 | 5:00 p.m. | HUB-Robeson LL011
Students can join CSGD in a fun and educational night of black LGBTQ+ history trivia!
A Celebration of Black Queer History | Wednesday, February 9 | 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. | HUB-Robeson LL011
The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity celebrates Black History Month with a display of black queer history including information on key figures and moments. Students can come by during Late Night to see the display, but it can be viewed all month!
Black History Month Movie Night | Wednesday, February 16 | 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. | HUB-Robeson LL011
Students can join the Center for a viewing of The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson. Learn more about her life and her impact on the LGBTQ+ movement.
- Women's History Month
Join the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity in celebrating Women's History Month in March!
Women Loving Women Discussion Group | Every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Join a graduate student facilitator and others who identify as women who love women in discussing various topics relating to the community.
Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope with Jessamyn Stanley | Tuesday March 1 | 6:30 p.m. | Freeman Auditorium
The Gender Equity Center invites author, podcaster, yoga teacher, entrepreneur and advocate, Jessamyn Stanley, for a a moderated Q&A where we will discuss hope, healing, yoga, self-acceptance, and more, pulling from the themes from Jessamyn's book Yoke: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance. After the discussion, in partnership with the Campus Bookstore, join for a book signing where copies of Yoke will be available to purchase and be signed by Jessamyn.
In collaboration with the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, Campus Recreation, Residence Life, University Libraries, Eberly College of Science, and the Finance and Business Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion
Menstrual Health Expo | Wednesday March 16 | 5:30 p.m to 8:00 p.m. | Flex Theater
Learn more about menstrual health including sustainable options and disparities across the globe.
In collaboration with the Gender Equity Center, Health Promotion and Wellness, and Days for Girls.
Anxiety & Mindfulness: It's not me - It's OCT with Kimberly Quinn | Tuesday March 22 | 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Via Zoom
Recognize LGBTQ+ Mental Health Awareness week with CSGD. Join podcaster Kimberly Quinn (Mindcraft) as she shares her insights on mindfulness and wellness. Registration for this event coming soon.
The Feminist Craft | Wednesday March 23 | 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. | HUB LL011
Join CSGD for the weeks Late Night where students can learn more about the history of crafting while doing some fun crafts.
Feminist Picture Books | Wednesday March 30 | 11 a.m. | HUB LL011
Students can find feminist themed picture books at the Center and find out why you are never to old for picture books.
- Pride Month
Penn State Center for
Sexual and Gender Diversity Celebrates Pride Month April 2022
Celebrate Pride during the school year with Penn State this April! This month, we have many events for all at Penn State to celebrate their identity or show their support for the community! Visit the link below for the full calendar of events.
Kick-off Pride month with the Rally & March on April 1st at 11:30am. We will meet at the Lower Level entrance of the HUB-Robeson Center and march to Old Main. Then join us for our first virtual speaker, transgender activist Rajee Narinesingh! Register for the webinar below!
Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to run, jog, walk, or strut to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community. The run is set for Saturday April 9 at 10am. Please fill out this form if you wish to register for the event. If you wish to volunteer and not participate in the 5K itself, you may also indicate that here on this form. We'd love any help to make sure the participants remain on the route. There will be a few awards given for time and a limited number of shirts with design shown on the form! We will end on the HUB lawn to celebrate with something special! If you have any questions, please email Eric Duran, email@example.com.
We thank the students, campus and community partners that have helped us in coordinating and planning our events!
- Lavender Graduation
Lavender Graduation 2022
Friday April 22 | Heritage Hall | 5:00 p.m.
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 2021 - December 2022).
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.
Scholarships have been awarded at this time. However, student nominations for our awards are still welcome.
- 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 (Spring 2022):
February 2 - Groundhog Day Party Party
Celebrate Groundhog day with CSGD with a Groundhog themed party!
February 23 - Board Gayme Night
Join CSGD for a fun night of board games!
March 2 - Book Reading: Felix Ever After
CSGD staff will be doing a short reading from the novel Felix Ever After. Students can read the book on their own to join our book club discussion at the end of the month.
March 23 - The Feminist Craft
Celebrate Women's History Month as we discuss the idea of femininity and how that relates to the history of crafts. We will also have various crafts available.
- Anti-Racism and Social Justice Programs
The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity is committed to programs, events and education that are opportunities for students to learn more or get involved with anti-racism and social justice. Learning to be anti-racism is essential to challenge injustice. Being involved with these programs allow students a more holistic view of intersectionality and engagement with social justice.
Wellness Workshop: Mental Health for QTPOC Students | Monday March 14 | 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Via Zoom
Recognize mental health concerns for queer BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) students and learn best practices to address them from a non white-centric lens.
In collaboration with Counseling and Psychological Services
Trans and Gender Diverse Career Planning | Thursday March 17 | 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. | HUB-Robeson 134
Learn more about career planning for gender diverse identities with guest, Matthew French from Awesomely Authentic. Staff from Career Services will also be available to answer questions about resources students can use for career planning.