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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 LGBTQIA 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.

Fall 2016 Safe Zone Orientation took place in two required parts: Friday, October 7, and Friday, October 14, 2016, from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. on both dates. A completed “Membership Application” was required as registration. Please refer to the Safe Zone site and newspost about this training. For further information, please contact Rita Drapkin at 724-357-2621 or

Interested in a minor in LGBTQ Studies at IUP?

LGBTQ Studies is an interdisciplinary minor housed that provides students the opportunity to critically examine diversity in sexual and gender identities. The minor is designed to supplement all majors in the university and provides valuable preparation for careers in all fields, including business, criminal justice, education, health care, human services, and the military.


Hosted by the GLBT Commission, Pride Alliance, and IUP LGBTQIA Advocacy, the QueerPosium was held on April 15, 2016. 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 was held on Friday, April 29, 2016, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in Breezedale. The university community and family and friends were invited to attend the graduation.  


For LGBTQIA and other related events, please refer to the IUP Diversity Calendar.

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

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

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.