LGBTQA Commission

LGBTQA Commission

Mission Statement

The Commission 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 LGBTQA Commission 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 LGBTQA Commission meets at least three times each academic semester to report on the work of the committees. 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 Mark Usry
Vice-Chair Gretchen Osterman
Secretary Asa Kelley
Treasurer Beth Brennan


Visibility Committee Chair Craig Young
Advocacy Committee Chair Damien Marken
Recruitment and Fundraising Committee Chair Gretchen Osterman
Scholarship Committee Chair Jessy Defenderfer
2020 Conference Committee Chair Damien Marken
2020 Conference Committee Vice-Chair Julie Petry
Nomination Committee Chair Asa Kelley

Auxiliary Organizations

Coordinator of Sexual & Gender Diversity Carolyn Taggart
Equality Alliance Advisors Carolyn Taggart
Albra Wheeler
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 Strategic Plan was originally adopted at the February 25, 2011 meeting. Current revision approved November 16, 2020.

Meeting Minutes

Spring 2020 Meetings

Spring 2019 Meetings

Fall 2018 Meetings

Spring 2018 Meetings

Fall 2017 Meetings

Spring 2017 Meetings

Fall 2016 Meetings

Spring 2016 Meetings

Fall 2015 Meetings

Spring 2015 Meetings

Fall 2014 Meetings

Spring 2014 Meetings

Fall 2013 Meetings

Spring 2013 Meetings

Fall 2012 Meetings

Spring 2012 Meetings

Fall 2011 Meetings

Spring 2011 Meetings