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Wilmoth, Sonya
Name
Sonya Wilmoth
Director
She, Her, Hers
Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Office
LL011 HUB-Robeson Center
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-863-1248
Bio

Sonya began her work with Penn State as Assistant Director at the LGBTQA Student Resource Center in January of 2013. A Maryland native, Wilmoth received her Bachelor of Arts in English from La Salle University and a Master of Science in Administration with a concentration in Sports and Athletics Administration in 1995 from West Chester University. She completed a second Master's in Higher Education with a concentration in administration from Penn State World Campus in 2018. 

Prior to her work in student affairs, Wilmoth enjoyed a successful career in athletics at West Chester University and The University of North Florida as head softball coach at both institutions.  She served as an adjunct professor at the University of North Florida and Jacksonville University in their sports administration program. In her free time Sonya enjoys reading, time at a beach. She enjoys spending time with her daughter Dylan. 

Specialties/Interests
  • Programming/Speakers
  • Student Fee Funding
  • BBH 251 Instructor
  • Scholarships
  • Educational Programs/Peer Education
  • Coalition on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity-Campus LGBTQ Support
  • Commission on LGBTQ Equity
  • Penn State Leadership Institute
Duran, Eric
Name
Eric Duran
Assistant Director
Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Office
LL011 HUB-Robeson Center
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-863-1248
BIO

Born and raised in Texas, Eric is an alumnus of the University of North Texas, where he studied Political Science and Gender Studies. Eric then spent two years in DC to complete a Master’s program at the George Washington University in Public Policy with a concentration in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. On both campuses he was involved with many aspects of LGBTQ student life, including researching ways to utilize university resources to better impact LGBTQ students. Further interests include LGBTQ identities within the Latinx community and Chicana feminism. On his free time, Eric enjoys going to the movies with his husband and going to the park with their dogs.

Strohl, Ryan
Name
Ryan Strohl
Program Coordinator
He, Him, His
Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Office
LL011 HUB-Robeson Center
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-863-1248
BIO

Ryan Strohl is a first year graduate student in the Higher Education Masters Program at Penn State. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Higher Education Student Affairs, an individualized, interdisciplinary program from Elizabethtown College. On his undergraduate campus he was very involved with queer student support as well as the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Title IX. Ryan's interests now with the center involve the support and advocacy for gender diverse students and the representation of queer identities in literature.

Undergraduate Staff

Violet Cott (they/them) is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Linguistics. Helping people find clothes that work for them is important to Violet, which is why they run the CSGD’s Clothing Transit program’s day-to-day operations. Violet is excited to be working at the Center to help provide resources for trans students and to contribute more to a community that is deeply important to them.

John Davis (he/him) is a fourth-year International Politics major with minors in French and English. He mainly studies current events related to foreign policy, war, and diplomacy. As a CSGD employee, he helps organize the Center’s programs and outreach to other organizations on campus. He is also a resident assistant for first year students, a member of No Refund Theatre, and the Penn State College Democrats. He is passionate about literature that amplifies queer voices and brings awareness to mental health issues. In his free time, John loves writing, reading, hiking, and singing.

Haleigh Hainsey (she/her/hers), is a Junior studying Geography and a concurrent minor in Climatology as well as Sexuality and Gender Studies.  Haleigh helps to plan and facilitate events with the Center’s Assistant Director and works toward making the center a safe and welcoming environment.

Grayson Lauer (he/him/his) is a first-year student studying Secondary Education, History, and Plant Sciences at University Park. He is from York, Pennsylvania, and works with the Center on coordinating repeated events and assessing program success. Grayson enjoys reading, taking care of houseplants, and researching all sorts of subjects. He is also an EcoRep, a Schreyer Scholar, a member of the Student Farm Club, and a volunteer tutor. He hopes to bring more events focused on community, social justice, disability, and mental health to the Center.

Muggs Leone (he/him/his) in in his third year at Penn State studying Psychology through Schreyer Honors College with minors in Political Science and Sexuality & Gender Studies. At the Center, Muggs assists in putting together programming and facilitating communication between related offices and organizations. Outside of the CSGD, Muggs is an active member of theatre on campus, in addition to serving as the Director of Internal Outreach for UPUA. He is interested in pursuing social justice and political work, and currently assists in the Underrepresented Perspectives (UP) social psych and women studies lab.

Katie Lorine (she/her/hers) is a second-year undergraduate student, currently pursuing a Bachelor of Design degree in Digital Art and Media Design with an emphasis on digital design and interactive media. She has been involved in multiple clubs related to her degree and is currently serving as the Historian officer for Digital Media Group (DMG). DMG works to build community and provide opportunities for professional development for artists who focus on digital work. At the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, Katie works on the marketing team, creating visual elements and graphics for print, web, and social media. Katie was involved with programs associated with LGBTQ+ causes throughout High School and is proud to continue that involvement during college. 

Celina Phillips (she/her/hers) is a fourth-year Psychology B.S. major with a minor in Sociology. She is originally from Montclair, NJ. As a CSGD employee, Celina is involved in planning events and programs, specifically those involving anti-racism in the LGBTQ+ community. Identifying as an asexual, black woman herself, promoting intersectionality, visibility, and awareness are passions she looks to bring to the CSGD and wider Penn State communities. Outside of the Center, Celina is a member of World in Conversation a global organization based in Penn State that seeks to foster public diplomacy. 

Rafaela Sampaio Pontes (she/her/hers) is a junior majoring in Public Relations, with minors in Journalism and Sports Studies. In addition, she is working toward a Sports Journalism certificate as a student of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. She is involved with various on campus activities, such as editor in chief for Her Campus at Penn State, social media coordinator for the Penn State Sports Business Conference, and a member of the Brazilian Student Association. Beyond working with CSGD as part of the Marketing team, she is a Game Day intern with Penn State Athletics. 

Percy Rose (he/him/his) is a fourth-year Digital Art and Media Design major. He is originally from Harrisburg, PA. As a CSGD employee, Percy helps manage the Center’s social media accounts and assists in advertising their events. Being a transgender individual himself, he is excited to support the resources the Center offers to trans and gender non-conforming students. Outside of the Center, he is a co-president of the Penn State Student Lion PRIDE.

Graduate Staff

Sophie Kandler (she/her/hers) is a PhD candidate in Continuing Learning and Adult Education, with a minor in women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, as well as a professional writer whose work has been published in international magazines and the New York Times. She is a Transgender Activist, speaker, and a former English teacher. Her award-winning blog "A Woman Called Sophie" continues after over a decade. Sophie has been living her Truth publicly for eight years. Sophie helps to facilitate the Center’s Safer People Safer Places Transgender Inclusion workshops, is a Peer educator, and Graduate Student support.

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