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

    Download (pdf) the LGBTQIA Support Brochure.

    Interested in a minor in LGBTQ Studies at IUP?

    LGBTQ Studies is an interdisciplinary minor housed in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences 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.

    Lavender Graduation 

    The eighth annual celebration of IUP’s LGBTQIA community and ally graduates was held on Friday, April 27, 2018, from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. in Breezedale. The university community and all family and friends were invited to attend the graduation.  

    Graduating students can request to participate in Lavender Graduation by contacting the LGBTQIA Advocacy Office: Tedd Cogar at

    Graduating students can also request Lavender graduation cords by printing and completing the request form and submitting it to Tedd Cogar.

    Preferred First Name Policy

    IUP has established a policy that allows students, faculty, staff, and alumni to indicate their preferred first names to the university community, even if they have not legally changed their first names.  Read the policy, FAQs, and obtain a request form through the Office of Social Equity Preferred First Name Policy page.

    All-Gender Restrooms

    An interactive map is available, which highlights the location of all-gender restrooms across campus.


    For LGBTQIA and other related events, please also 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, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, 724-357-2605 or