LGBTQIA Support at IUP serves the entire IUP community, including students, faculty, and staff. It’s the umbrella term for anyone who identifies as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, or Ally–anyone on the rainbow
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Gender-Inclusive Housing Policy
Preferred First Name Policy
Interactive Map with All-Gender Restrooms
How to Report an Incident of Concern
In collaboration with University offices and colleagues such as the Office of Social Equity, LGBTQIA Support works to create a welcoming and supportive campus climate for all LGBTQIA individuals.
Our staff presents in classes and for organizations. We offer ally training for the campus community, designed for IUP faculty, staff, and students. The training will provide a theoretical framework for understanding LGBTQIA identity, tools for involvement
in diversity advocacy work, and will help participants develop skills as global citizens.
An IUP tradition since spring 2011, Lavender Graduation is an intimate opportunity for LGBTQIA-identified students and allies to be recognized for their accomplishments at IUP. Graduates from bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs can also request
lavender-colored cords to wear in the official University graduation ceremonies.
The Lavender Graduation Ceremony takes place during the spring semester each year. However, graduates from every term are welcome to request cords and to participate in the ceremony.
Commission is an advisory group to the Social Equity and Title IX Office as well as IUP’s president. Comprised of IUP faculty, staff, and students, it’s designed to improve the climate for diversity within IUP and to specifically address issues
affecting the welfare of LGBTQIA-identified members of the university community.
in LGBTQ Studies, housed in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, provides students the opportunity to critically examine diversity in sexual and gender identities. It’s designed to supplement all majors at IUP and provides valuable preparation
for careers in all fields.
“Sex”: the biological and physiological characteristics that define men (males) and women (females).
“Gender”: the socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities, and attributes that society considers appropriate for men (masculine) and women (feminine).
“Gender Identity”: the internal sense of gender which is not visible to others. One’s gender identity may or may not align with one’s assigned sex at birth.
“Sexual Orientation”: to whom one is sexually attracted. Gender identity and sexual orientation may affect one another, but they are not the same.
“Trans” or “Transgender”: an umbrella term for people whose gender identity or expression does not match the gender they were assigned at birth.
“Cisgender”: Someone whose gender identity matches the gender assigned at birth.