It means building a supportive and accepting campus.
By engaging in diversity education and service learning experiences, you’ll create connections within your community and make a difference on campus!
Serving the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students is very important at Penn College. Various departments on campus work to educate and enhance the understanding of LGBTQ issues and concerns.
We are committed to serving the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students at Penn College and work to educate our campus community on LGBTQ issues and concerns.
Community of Respect
You have the ability to make a difference and STAND UP for what is right. One of the four Value Statements at Penn College is Community of Respect: we are committed to diversity, inclusiveness, tolerance, and civility. We recognize that respect and individual differences is the foundation of civil behavior.
During Connections, you will have the opportunity to take the Penn College Pledge!
As a contributing member of the Penn College Community:
- I challenge myself to continually learn and grow
- I am fair and just in the treatment of others
- I take personal responsibility for my choices and actions
- I promote the free exchange of ideas and opinions
- I promote a community of respect
- I hold myself and those around me accountable to this pledge
Safe Zone Program
A Safe Zone is a program and a space in which people of diverse backgrounds, especially members of the LGBTQ community, are welcome and included. Allies help create these spaces by being open in their support and acting as advocates. Safe Zones help to establish a campus as an inclusive educational environment where all members can learn and share new ideas.
At Penn College, Safe Zone's are marked by a decal outside an office door or suite indicating that individual(s) have gone through the college Safe Zone training. Those who do not have an office door or suite, wear ally pins or stickers. Those who have gone through Safe Zone training are familiar with topics related to the LGBTQ community, and are a campus resource who is willing and able to discuss LGBTQ issues. Individuals at Penn College must complete a Safe Zone training program to receive a decal to display.
Meet like-minded people and expand your experiences by getting involved.
One World Club
The purpose of One World Club is to promote diversity, cultural awareness, and give support to the campus community regarding multicultural/intersectional issues. The club’s goal is to build relationships and establish a broader community within the College.
Black Student Union (BSU)
The goal of the Black Student Union (BSU) is to provide a safe, supportive space for Black students to express themselves, their needs, and concerns, as well as to provide an open space for all students to receive Black culture education.
The purpose of PC Alliance is to improve the visibility, strength, and support of the Penn College lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, and allies (LGBTQA) communities through an educational and social environment. Students who identify themselves as LGBTQ are enabled to interact with other individuals who share like identities in a positive, comfortable, and confidential atmosphere.
Regular Alliance activities include weekly meetings, educational/social events, and an annual LGBT networking conference with peers and leaders in various industries.
Multicultural Programs are thematic celebrations, educational experiences, and awareness events. Below are some examples of annual celebrations held at various times throughout the year.
Hispanic Heritage Month
From September 15 to October 15, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanic/Latinx individuals. At Penn College, we honor and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with various educational and social events throughout the month.
Each year, the Penn College and Williamsport community celebrates the life and values of Martin Luther King, Jr. through service, activities, and guest speakers. Dream Week begins with a Peace Walk and Day of Service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Black History Month
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central roles of black individuals in the U.S. history. At Penn College, we honor and celebrate Black History Month through month long educational and social events.
Women’s History Month
Women's History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history. Each year Penn College hosts events honoring and celebrating women’s contributions to shaping our society, and our community. The annual Awesome Women Exemplar (AWE) ceremony is hosted each March, celebrating and honoring the female students who make a difference in our Penn College community.
Pride Week is an annual event honoring and celebrating LGBTQ life. Each April, staff, faculty, and students plan events for the Penn College community to raise awareness about and celebrate the LGBTQ community.