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Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Brian Patchcoski
Name
Brian Patchcoski
Director
He, Him, His
Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Office
LL011 HUB-Robeson Center
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-863-1248
Bio

Brian Patchcoski is the Director of the LGBTQA Student Resource Center at The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to returning to Penn State, Brian served as the Associate Dean of Students and Director of the LGBT Resource Center and Co-Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue at Cornell University. He was also the founding Director of the Office of LGBTQ Services at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Before opening the Office at Dickinson, Brian served as the Assistant Director of the LGBTQA Student Resource Center at Penn State. He has participated in several national research projects examining student identity development and campus climate and has served as the Mid-Atlantic Representative for the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. Brian has worked extensively providing trainings and discussions exploring issues of sexuality and gender identity and has presented at several national conferences. Brian's specific research focus resides at the intersections of spirituality, religion, sexuality, and gender. One of his most recent chapters accepted for publication focuses on navigating the intersection between spiritual and sexual identity amongst LGBTQ college students. The chapter centers on "queering" the work of higher education administrators and encouraging dialogue amongst some of the most "separate" entities on campus. Brian has also served as the Chair of the Pennsylvania College Personnel Associations LGBTQ Committee.

Specialties/Interests

LGBTQA+ Student Engagement and Support
Sexuality and Gender Education/Workshops
Diversity and Inclusion Workshops/Education
Commonwealth and World Campus LGBTQ Support
University Preferred Name Process
LGBTQ Alumni Outreach
Comission on LGBTQ Equity
LGBTQ Health Liaison
BBH 251 & BBH 297
Student Affairs Diversity and Inclusion

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.

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

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.

Sonya Wilmoth
Name
Sonya Wilmoth
Assistant 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

Undergraduate Staff

Laryn Jackson
Laryn is a junior pursuing a degree in Digital/Print Journalism and considering a minor in Sociology. Outside of working at the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, I’m a Teaching Assistant for BiSci 3 and I write for The Underground at Penn State. As an aspiring journalist, I am particularly interested in identity pieces that focus on topics such as culture, race, and LGBTQ+ related content. My dream is to one day travel the world telling the stories of people who may not have a voice or platform to tell their own story. In my free time, I like to watch tv, journal, exercise and spend time with the people I love.

SPECIALTIES/INTERESTS:
● News/Marketing/Publication
● Developing all advertising and promotional materials
● Maintaining social media accounts
● Creating weekly Rainbow newsletter
● Maintaining message boards in Boucke and HUB Buildings
Laryn
Ryan Castillo
Ryan Castillo is a sophomore studying psychology at Penn State. He is a first-generation college student determined to take full advantage of the resources that his family never had. Ryan is also passionate about giving back people who have helped him along the way. As a queer student, himself, Ryan has received resources and support from the Center of Sexual and Gender Diversity, and feels a duty to pass that help on to other students. This is Ryan's second year working at the Center and he could not be more thrilled to be taking care of the Clothing Transit this year. Ryan also holds committee chair and executive board positions in clubs, and he plans to become an RA next year.
Ryan Castillo
Dylan Miller
Dylan is a senior majoring in psychology with a minor in gender sexuality studies. This is his third year with the center and is very excited to be a part of not only the first year with the new name but also the move from Boucke to the HUB. He is very excited to be back at the center for another year as it has become a home of sorts and is looking forward to continuing his work with the center. Previous years Dylan has been a Hospitality and Operations intern and last year was in charge of running the Clothing Transit offered through the center. Outside of his work in the center Dylan is an avid singer in choir and is an active member in Ally house an LGBT+ special living option on campus.
Dylan
Lauren Whitley
Lauren is a senior studying Psychology with double minors in Sexuality & Gender Studies and Deafness & Hearing Studies. After graduation, Lauren plans to attend grad school to obtain a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She wants to become a licensed counselor for queer and trans people and hopes to one day open her own clinic. This is Lauren’s second, non-consecutive, year with the Center and she is excited to be returning for her last year as an undergrad. In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with friends, listening to music, watching dog videos, and napping.
Lauren Whitley
Marco Planchert
Marco is currently a junior studying Psychology with a focus in business and wants to eventually go into HR diversity after graduating. He keeps himself busy within the center by helping with Peer Education and hosting meetings for the various LGBTQA+ organizations around campus. When he is not working, being an RA, or in class, you would probably find him either doodling or dancing. With the little free time he has left, he sometimes finds himself catching up on all the work he needs to do next.
Marco Planchert
Alex Rupp
Alex is from Erie, PA and graduated from Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy in 2018. He is a sophomore majoring in graphic design here at Penn State. He spent three years on his school’s yearbook staff serving as layout editor for two of them. This is his second year at the center and here he is a part of our marketing team working on our social media and our graphics. He is also involved with THON being a part of the Merchandise Committee this year. In his free time you can find him drawing or painting and listening to music.
Marco Planchert
Graham Ball
Graham is a 2L at Penn State Law. A Montreal native, Graham received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Stetson University. As a Graduate Student Engagement Staff, Graham helps develop and coordinate programs and social events for LGBTQ+ Graduate Students at Penn State. In his free time, Graham enjoys catching up on the work he should have already completed. Graham also enjoys coffee and eating sweets.
Graham Ball
Penn State Student Affairs
Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Location

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