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Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
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
Program Coordinator
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.

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

Stephanie is an alumni of Penn State's College of Health and Human Development where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Children, Youth and Family Services. After 11 years in the private, non-profit realm, providing services to under-served and low income families, Stephanie's path led her back to Penn State. She has been at Penn State serving in Administrative Support roles since 2015. Stephanie is the co-chair of the Penn State Commission on LGBTQ Equity's Transgender Concerns committee. She is also a Zumba fitness instructor. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her partner, Ben and their two Daughters, Kaitlyn and Crystal. She also enjoys reading, cooking/baking, being outdoors and shopping. Stephanie is excited to provide support to the Student Resource Center so that they can continue to be a leader in providing services and support to the LGBTQ community at Penn State.

Name
Sarabeth Bowmaster
Peer Education Intern
She, Her, Hers
Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Office
LL011 HUB-Robeson Center
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-8631248
Name
Symone McCollum
Graduate Assistant
Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Office
LL011 HUB-Robeson Center
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-863-1248
BIO

Symone A. McCollum is a first year graduate student in the Higher Education Masters Program at Penn State. Symone holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and Public Policy from The Pennsylvania State University. Her primary line of inquiry examines the development and success of Black women in higher education at diverse institutional types.Specifically, she explores identity development and socialization processes of Black college women and faculty.

SPECIALTIES/INTERESTS

Supervision of student staff, annual training and programming support, regional planning and logistics, student organization advising/support, co-facilitating BBH 251 course, graduate student programming, collaborations and representation as needed and assessment and annual reports

Undergraduate Staff

Sarabeth Bowmaster (she/her/hers) is a third-year student dual-majoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Philosophy. She is from Lock Haven, PA, so she grew up about forty-five minutes away from State College and has always loved the diversity and camaraderie alive in Happy Valley! In addition to the CSGD, she participates in research studying masculinity and sexual violence within the Vescio Lab on campus. She also serves as a Lion Ambassador. At CSGD, Sarabeth focuses on Peer Education.

Lauren Cifelli is a third-year student studying advertising and graphic design. Lauren grew up in northern New Jersey and enjoys art, tennis, and reality TV. She comes from a Jewish-Italian background and loves engaging with both on campus. She is on the marketing team and helps to work on advertisements and event promotion.

Cole Engstrom-Bolstad (He/Him/His) is a fourth-year student in psychology with a focus on sexuality and gender studies. He is originally from Minnesota but is now an active member of the Penn State community. This is his second year working with the CSGD and his job is to run the Clothing Transit on campus.

Alexa Hackenburg (she/her/hers) is a third-year student studying Biobehavioral Health.  From Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, Alexa grew up just one hour from State College.  Alexa focuses on programming and works with University Health Services to ensure health equity amongst the LGBTQ+ community. Alexa helps plan, schedule and execute programming for the Center’s many events.

Muggs Leone (he/him/his) is in his second year at Penn State studying Psychology on the premed track (with minors in Neuroscience and Sexuality&Gender). At the Center, Muggs manages our social media accounts and aids in promoting the Center and its programs within the community. Outside of the CSGD, Muggs is an active member of performance groups on campus in addition to advocating for diversity and inclusion in healthcare. He is also a research assistant for a behavioral endocrinology lab where he investigates how dopamine receptors impact sexuality.

Madison Lippert (she/her/hers) is a fourth-year change of campus student studying Anthropological Sciences. Madison grew up in the Pittsburgh, PA area and is excited to better the campus and the Penn State community. Madison identifies as queer and grew up in a single parent home. She plans on using her background in making safe spaces and resources available to her fellow peers. Madison helps plan, schedule and execute programming for the Center’s Late Night and other events.

Celina Phillips (she/her/ hers) is a third-year student studying Psychology with a life sciences focus. Celina grew up in the New Jersey-New York area and is looking forward to becoming more engaged in the Penn State community. Celina identifies as Black and is the child of West Indian immigrants. She is a Student/Academic services specialist working on Racial equity.

Alex Rupp (he/him/his) is a fourth-year Graphic Design major with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is from Erie, PA. This is his fourth year with the Center, and he is a part of the marketing team. In his free time, you can find him drawing or listening to music. 

Aria Williams (she/her/hers) is a third-year student pursuing a major in Environmental Resource Management with an emphasis in Environmental Science/Sustainability, coupled with a minor in Biological Engineering. Aria is a North Carolina native and is excited to familiarize herself with the various diversity and inclusion organizations and programs within the Penn State community. Growing up in the small, yet diverse, city of Winston-Salem, Aria was exposed to many different cultures, ethnicities, and other demographics, hence her dedication and advocacy in ensuring all environments are welcoming and inclusive.  Aria is a new student staff member that is a Student/Academic services specialist working on Racial equity.

Graduate Staff

Sophie Kandler (she/her/hers) is a third year PhD student in Continuing Learning and Adult Education, with a minor in Gender 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" is frequently updated and has many followers. 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.

Dylan Miller (he/him) is a second-year master's student studying Counselor Education with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Schools and Communities. He is a graduate student staff member of the Penn State Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity as well as a member of CSI. He is an active advocate for change for historically marginalized groups and is especially involved with the LGBTQIA+ community. He is passionate about working with students from all walks of life and looks forward to providing whatever support he can. He is very excited to be working with everyone this year and is looking forward to a wonderful academic year! Dylan helps to plan, schedule and execute the Center’ s Graduate student engagement programs.

Penn State Student Affairs
Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Location

LL011 HUB-Robeson Center
University Park, PA 16802
lgbtq@psu.edu