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Sonya Wilmoth
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.

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) will be a third year student this coming fall 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 continue working with the CSGD this summer !

Muggs Leone (he/him/his) will be a second-year student this coming fall, and studies Psychology on the premed track (with minors in Neuroscience and Sexuality & Gender). Muggs is a new student staff member at the CSGD this summer. Muggs focuses on programming and marketing for Camp Crystal Queer and looks forward to getting more involved with the CSGD in the coming years. 

 

Graduate Staff

Sophie Kandler (she/her/hers) is a 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 who belongs to several TG groups, 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 seven years.

Penn State Student Affairs
Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Location

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