Commission for Gender and Sexuality

Commission for Gender and Sexuality

Mission Statement


The Commission for Gender and Sexuality works for social justice for students, faculty, staff and administration who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and our allies (LGBTQA) particularly on issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression when we educate campus and community, advocate for equality and enhance visibility.


Vision Statement


The Commission for Gender and Sexuality continues to support the campus and area communities via advocacy, education, and resources. We cooperatively maintain a permanent high-visibility campus resource center with a full time staff that serves as a home of our initiatives. We partner with other organizations and institutions on and off campus to educate, advocate, support and provide social opportunities.




The Commission for Gender and Sexuality meets at least three times each academic semester to report on the work of the committees. Contact any executive officer to join our mailing list and be invited to the next meeting.

Committees meet more regularly and are supervised by the chairs below. If you are interested in working with a committee, please contact the appropriate chair.


Executive Officers

Chair Jessy Defenderfer
Vice-Chair Dave Kube
Secretary Asa Kelley
Treasurer Beth Brennan



Visibility Committee Chair Rona Anderson
Advocacy Committee Chair Vacant Seat
Recruitment and Fundraising Committee Chair Gretchen Osterman
Scholarship Committee Chair Damien Marken
2021 Conference Committee Chair Albra Heineman
2021 Conference Committee Vice-Chair James Black
Nomination Committee Chair Asa Kelley


Auxiliary Organizations

Coordinator of Sexual & Gender Diversity Carolyn Taggart
Equality Alliance Advisors Carolyn Taggart
Albra Heineman
Craig Young
President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion Representatives Asa Kelley
Carolyn Taggart
PASSHE LGBTQIA Consortium Representatives Asa Kelley
Carolyn Taggart
Vacant Student Position
Vacant Student Position


Bylaws and Strategic Plan


The LGBTQA Commission Bylaws were originally adopted October 6, 2010, revised February 25, 2011 and April 13, 2012. Current revision approved May 8, 2020. The name of the organization was changed to Commission for Gender and Sexuality during the February 3, 2021 meeting.

The Strategic Plan was originally adopted at the February 25, 2011 meeting. Current revision approved November 16, 2020.


Recent Meeting Minutes