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Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Sonya Wilmoth
Name
Sonya Wilmoth
Interim 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 role 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’s of Science in Administration with a concentration in Sports and Athletics Administration in 1995 from West Chester University. Prior to her work in student affairs, Wilmoth worked in athletics at The University of North Florida as head softball coach and an adjunct professor. In addition to her full time work in the center, Sonya is pursuing her Master’s in Higher Education through Penn State World Campus. In her free time Sonya enjoys reading, time at a beach, and 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.

Stephanie Whitesell
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 sophomore 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 the Co-Director of Sexual Assault and Misconduct Prevention within the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA). Sarabeth is incredibly passionate about all things feminism, including sexual and gender diversity, and is super excited to work with the CSGD this year!

Lauren Cifelli (she/her/hers) is a sophomore studying advertising and graphic design. She is from north Jersey and loves a good bagel. She is extremely excited to be working at the center and looks forward to connecting to Penn State’s LGBTQ+ community. Outside of work, she is involved with PSU Chabad and various other Jewish activities on campus. She is especially interested in art and film. In her free time, she can be found drawing, playing video games, or watching Netflix.

Sergio Galvez (he/him/his) is studying Health Policy and Administration with a minor in Business and Liberal Arts. He hopes to one day work for a large hospital network after earning a Master’s degree in Health Administration. He enjoys bike riding, playing video games with his roommates, collecting shoes, and the New York Yankees. He is currently living in State College, PA but his hometown is in a small suburban town in North Jersey. In his free time he loves to read and study.

Laryn Jackson (she/they) is a senior pursuing a degree in Digital/Print Journalism with a minor in Sociology. As an aspiring journalist, they are particularly interested in identity pieces that focus on topics such as culture, race, and LGBTQ+ related content. Laryn’s dream is to one day travel the world telling the stories of people who may not have a platform to tell their own story. In their free time, they like to watch tv, journal, exercise and spend time with the people they love. Their specialties/interests include; News/Marketing/Publication, developing advertising and promotional materials, maintaining social media accounts, and creating the weekly Rainbow newsletter for the Center.

Mark Mayes (he/him/his) is a senior here at Penn State studying Cinematography. Aside from being active in LGBTQ+ organizations, he has also been present in other organizations focused on homophobia and racism in Hollywood and Broadway. Mark hopes to graduate and move to Hollywood where he can make a difference in the movie and TV industry in terms of acceptance and representation of racial, sexual, and gender diversity. He also loves horror movies and shows, as well as Disney World!

 Marco Planchart (he/him/his) is currently a senior studying Psychology in businesses and double minoring in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Labor and Employment Relations. Marco is scheduled to graduate Spring 2021. He is primarily focused on learning more about diversity within organizations and advocacy work for those within the LGBTQA+ community as well as expanding other’s understanding about the community. After graduating, he plans to gain more experience within the field of HR and Labor Relations before eventually getting involved in business consulting. By doing so, he hopes to not only spread awareness of difficulties that minorities face within a corporate setting, but also expand the perspective of businesses so that products and services can serve a larger audience. On campus, he has been involved in numerous organizations, was previously an RA for Residence Life, and even participated as a THON dancer.

Alex Rupp (he/him/his) is a junior majoring in Graphic Design with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is from Erie, PA. This is his third year at the center and he is a member of our marketing team. Outside of the center you can find him upstairs in the THON Store working as a Product Development Captain on the Merchandise Committee. In his free time you can find him drawing, listening to music, or stuck spending late nights in the studio.

 

Graduate Staff

Kinsley Ballas (she/her/hers) is a second-year graduate student working toward her Masters of International Affairs with a concentration in security studies in the Middle East. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 2019 where she majored in political science with minors in history and women & gender studies, as well as certificates in public policy and global engagement. At the center, Kinsley works with other staff members to create engagement and education events and activities geared toward graduate and professional students. Outside of the center, Kinsley is involved with PSIADA, PSU’s Model United Nations organization, as well as her program’s student government organization. Kinsley hopes to work in the State Department or National Parks system. Her hobbies include: making art (ceramics, fiber arts, traditional art, digital art, etc), hiking, running, watching Netflix, reading, and talking about animals (ask her for a fun fact if you see her around!).

Zack Liu (he/him/his) is a second-year master's student in clinical mental health counseling. He is an international student from Taiwan passionate about people, culture, and politics. Before he came to Penn State, he had a master's degree in journalism back in Taiwan. Aside from his academic interests in mental health and psychology, he is also a certified career service provider who loves to exchange career aspirations and plans with others. In his leisure time, he likes to watch movies and try out new recipes.

Jasmine Jackson (she/her/hers) is a graduate student in the Management and Organizational Leadership Master’s Program in Penn State’s Smeal College of Business. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and African Studies from Penn State along with Minor certificates in African American Studies and Women Studies, and a certificate in Diversity Studies. During her undergraduate years, she served as the President of Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) and as a tour guide and executive board member for the Student Minority Advisory and Recruitment Team (SMART). Jasmine is interested in pursuing corporate diversity and inclusion management and hopes to develop more inclusive work environments. In her free time, Jasmine enjoys longboarding, listening to music, and playing video games.  At the center, she works as a Graduate/Professional Student Engagement Coordinator and helps facilitate and support student communities. 

Penn State Student Affairs
Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Location

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