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Penn State Block Booking Program

The Penn State Block Booking program aims to increase diversity and cultural programs at Commonwealth Campuses. The program first began booking events in 1978 as a means of addressing a lack of cultural programs on Penn State campuses. Since that time, Block Booking has helped campuses host countless cultural artists, speakers, musicians and other performers.

Block Booking helps facilitates the booking process for campuses by offering sequential performance dates by artists/speakers in order to reduce the cost of these programs. Additionally, the Block Booking program offers campuses funding for diversity and cultural events. In the Fall, each campus is eligible for up to $1,500 in funding for such programs. Amounts awarded in each Spring vary from year to year and will be announced in late summer for the upcoming academic year.

Coalition on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (CSOGI)

CSOGI is a network of staff and faculty across the Commonwealth focused on increasing support for LGBTQ students at all Penn State campuses. This network provides both recommendations and funding to the campuses to help achieve major goals related to improving the experiences of Penn State's LGBTQ students. These goals include additional programming, increased visibility of LGBTQ students and improved standards for campus climates. Through these efforts, CSOGI aims to improve both support for members of the Penn State community who identify as LGBTQ and educate others who do not.

Each year, CSOGI awards $1,000 to each campus specifically for the planning and promotion of events that strive toward these goals. With the funding provided by CSOGI, the Penn State Campuses have been able to host myriad LGBTQA programs, such as speakers, training, films, plays, livestreams and more.

Proposed Timelines

The following proposed timetables outline the process for receiving Block Booking and CSGOI grants. These timelines are based on approximate dates (included in the tables below) related to the Fall and Spring Campus Activities Steering Team (CAST) meetings. Each year, the Graduate Assistant for Commonwealth Student Activities will convey specific deadlines to the appropriate campus representatives.

Spring Requests:

Event Relative Date Approximate Date
Request deadline 1 month prior to Fall CAST November 14
Reviews Fall CAST December 14
Notification of funding Within 3 business weeks of Fall CAST No later than mid-January
Assessment form deadline 2 weeks before Spring CAST or 1 week after program (whichever is later) April 26
Funds released Within 3 business weeks of Spring CAST No later than June 1

Fall Requests:

Event Relative Date Approximate Date
Request deadline 1 month prior to Spring CAST April 10
Reviews Spring CAST May 10
Notification of funding Within 3 business weeks of Spring CAST No later than June 1
Assessment form deadline 2 weeks before Fall CAST or 1 week after program (whichever is later) December 1
Funds released Within 3 business weeks of Fall CAST No later than mid-January
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