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Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues

LGBT FlagCreated in 1998, the University Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Issues is an advisory group to the Office of Social Equity and the President.

The purpose of the commission is to improve the climate for diversity within IUP, and to specifically address issues affecting the welfare of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of the university community.

The commission supports multiple campus programs and groups, including:

  • Annual LGBT Film Festival
  • Annual Visibility Day
  • Chalk-on-the-Walk Sidewalk Commentary
  • Lavender Graduation
  • PASSHE Consortium
  • Pride Alliance
  • Safe Zone
  • Six O’Clock Series

Read the LGBTQIA Advocacy Brochure (pdf).

The Safe Zone Program improves the visibility of — and support for — LGBTQIA students.

Interested in a minor in LGBTQ Studies at IUP?

These 18 credits can assist in preparing students to live and work in a diverse world. For further information, please read the LGBTQ Studies Minor informational flyer (pdf), or contact Michelle Sandhoff in the IUP Department of Sociology at 724-357-2730 or


Hosted by the GLBT Commission, Pride Alliance, and IUP LGBTQIA Advocacy, the QueerPosium will be held on April 15, 2016. Registrations/submissions for posters, papers, and other creative works are due by Friday, April 8, 2016. Please follow this link: QueerPosium Submissions. QueerPosium is a celebration of research/creative works by LGBTQIA faculty, staff and students, and research/creative works about LGBTQIA people and issues.

Please see the QueerPosium Schedule and Guide (pdf).

Lavender Graduation:

The sixth annual celebration of IUP’s LGBTQIA community and ally graduates will be held on Friday, April 29, 2016 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in Breezedale. The university community and family and friends are invited to attend the graduation. Graduating students can request to participate in the Lavender Graduation by contacting the LGBTQIA Advocacy Office: Tedd Cogar at or Alyssa Dachowicz at

For further information about LGBTQIA initiatives at IUP, please contact:

Mr. Tedd Cogar, assistant director of Student Conduct and LGBTQIA Advocacy, 724-357-1264 or

Dr. Shelly Bouchat, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics, 724-357-2605 or

  • Social Equity Office
  • B17 Susan S. Delaney Hall
    920 Grant Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-3402
  • Fax: 724-357-3404
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.