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Standing Committees


Communications / OUTreach: For the past several years, these two committees have been combined. The Communications side advises the commission on how to keep the public fully informed of CLGBTQE objectives and activities, including committee-level work. It coordinates press releases, periodically reviews the commission's web site, and, as needed, helps to plan and promote high-profile events. The OUTreach side works to improve the climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied persons at all Penn State campuses, especially those away from University Park. Activities include building a network of liaisons and developing diversity programs.

Curricular Integration: This committee strives to enhance the teaching and learning environment pertaining to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues at all Penn State campuses. Responsibilities of this committee include working with various University units to promote a minor for LGBTQ studies; helping to recruit current faculty who want to develop courses; sponsoring or co-sponsoring forums or workshops to discuss current research/issues in the area of LGBTQ studies; and maintaining, updating, and disseminating a list of LGBTQ related courses. Listed here and on the main CLGBTQE website is the link to the Sexuality and Gender Studies minor.

Employee Concerns: The Employee Concerns Committee advises the commission on matters related to the environment and policies and benefits for LGBTQA faculty and staff at Penn State. The committee is concerned about things that affect the recruitment, retention, and success of LGBTQA employees.

Nominating: The Nominating Committee compiles a slate of nominees for any necessary elections, keeps an up-to-date list of potential members based on nominations received, and periodically notifies the Chair of inactive members who need to be contacted.

Student Concerns: The Student Concerns Committee advises the commission on issues relative to the LGBTQA student body and provides student input on all commission decisions. The committee is ultimately interested in improving the climate in the Penn State community in which they reside.

Transgender Concerns: The task force has a two-pronged charge: 1) to review and evaluate the inclusion of transgender issues in the operations of the standing committees and report findings and recommendations to the commission; and 2) to work to identify and address concerns related to gender identity and expression.

The commission's operating strategies are as follows:

  • Monitoring, evaluating, and creating programs to improve the climate, welfare, and visibility for the LGBTQA community
  • Encouraging and supporting academic and social discourse related to issues affecting the LGBTQA community
  • Building partnerships and encouraging communication among students, faculty, staff, and administration on issues of LGBTQ equity University-wide.
  • Developing ongoing means of supporting A Framework to Foster Diversity at Penn State, 2010-15, and diversity strategic planning


Initiatives include:

  • Evaluating the visibility of same sex domestic partner benefits
  • Creating an employee resource packet to facilitate understanding of and access to resources and benefits for LGBTQ employees University-wide
  • Working with the Office of Human Resources to create a manual of best practices for responding to common situations facing transitioning employees and their supervisors
  • Examining benefits and housing concerns for transgendered and/or transitioning individuals within the University community.
  • Updating the listing of LGBTQ-related courses available at Penn State
  • Supporting the development of course work for the Sexuality Studies minor within the College of Liberal Arts
  • Establishing guidelines regarding the role of campus liaisons; identifying appropriate persons and/or staff positions to fulfill the liaison role at each campus
  • Collaborating with the Commission for Women and the Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity on issues of mutual concern, which includes assessing the diversity climate across the University, joint orientation for commission members, establishing liaison relationships with the University Faculty Senate, and working with Intercollegiate Athletics