Commission for Gender and Sexuality

The Commission for Gender and Sexuality works for social justice for students, faculty, staff and administration who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and our allies (LGBTQA) particularly on issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression when we educate campus and community, advocate for equality and enhance visibility.

Vision Statement

The Commission for Gender and Sexuality continues to support the campus and area communities via advocacy, education, and resources. We cooperatively maintain a permanent high-visibility campus resource center with a full time staff that serves as a home of our initiatives. We partner with other organizations and institutions on and off campus to educate, advocate, support and provide social opportunities.

Bylaws and Strategic Plan

The LGBTQA Commission Bylaws were originally adopted October 6, 2010, revised February 25, 2011 and April 13, 2012. Current revision approved May 8, 2020. The name of the organization was changed to Commission for Gender and Sexuality during the February 3, 2021 meeting.

The Strategic Plan was originally adopted at the February 25, 2011 meeting. Current revision approved November 16, 2020.

ChairJessy Defenderfer
Vice-ChairDave Kube
SecretaryAsa Kelley
TreasurerDeb Chamberlain

Committees meet regularly and are supervised by the chairs below. If you are interested in working with a committee, please contact the appropriate chair.

Visibility Committee ChairVacant seat
Advocacy Committee ChairVacant seat
Recruitment and Fundraising Committee ChairGretchen Osterman
Scholarship Committee ChairDamien Marken
Conference Committee Co-ChairDan McCurry
Nomination Committee ChairAsa Kelley
Coordinator of Sexual & Gender DiversityMonica Johnson
Equality Alliance AdvisorsMonica Johnson
Craig Young
President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion RepresentativesAsa Kelley
PASSHE LGBTQIA Consortium RepresentativesAsa Kelley
Monica Johnson
Vacant student positions

Commission Meetings

The Commission for Gender and Sexuality meets at least three times each academic semester to report on the work of the committees. Contact any executive officer to join our mailing list and be invited to the next meeting.

Annual Reception

We will host our 15th Annual Reception on Friday, April 5, 2024 at 5:00 PM.  Please see the Event Page for more information.

We're always accepting gifts for the Silent Auction! Money raised supports Commission for Gender and Sexuality sponsored events, the Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference, and student educational travel.

If you have an item you would like to donate, please complete the Silent Auction Item Donation Form.

illustration of Carver Hall