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Lavender Graduation

Friday, April 17, 6:00 p.m., HUB - Heritage Hall

Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor and acknowledge lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and ally graduating students and to recognize their achievements and contributions to the university. Graduating students, including undergraduates and graduates, are invited to take part in the celebration, which occurs each year prior to university-wide commencement events. Register here.

Africana Research Center Events

The Africana Research Center will co-sponsor a lecture by Emory University’s Carol Anderson on her book on African American voter access “One Person, No Vote” at 4 p.m. April 23 in the HUB Auditorium. The event is co-sponsored by the McCourtney Institute for Democracy, Humanities Institute and Richards Civil War Era Center. It is part of the College of the Liberal Arts 2020 theme, “A Century of Women’s Activism.”

Penn State LGBTQ+ Awards

Submission deadline: March 29

The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity offers awards to members of the Penn State community who are interested in and have shown a commitment to the LGBTQ+ community. These awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, outstanding service, and outstanding efforts in leadership, integrity, and contributions to the LGBTQ+ community.

Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity Discussion Groups

These groups are Closed Groups (you must identify with the group topic to attend). Discussion groups are only open to enrolled Penn State students. Groups do not meet on official University holidays.

  • Aces (asexual and aromantic): Wednesdays 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Beyond the Binary (gender identity) Wednesdays 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • BiLions (bisexual, pansexual, fluid) Tuesdays 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Color Me Queer (students of color) Thursdays 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

LGBTQ+ Mentor Program

Our mentor program pairs graduate students who identify as LGBTQ+ with another LGBTQ+ student at Penn State. Graduate student mentors offer mentees emotional support, assistance setting goals and choosing a career path, and guidance through sexual and gender identity development while encouraging health and wellness through campus and community engagement. Learn more or register.