Pride Center Shippensburg University

LGBTQ+ Pride at Ship!

This center offers a focal point in making the institution an inclusive and supportive environment for all university community members, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer students and their allies.

The center offers:

  • A welcoming and safe environment
  • A wide variety of helpful resources and referrals
  • A commitment to trusting relationships
  • A place of contact for concerns related to LGBTQ+ communities

We encourage members of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as family, friends, and supporters, to explore our website. You will find information regarding "coming out," upcoming events, Safe Zone trainings, and organizations at the university. We also have provided links to connect you with community resources and LGBTQ+ news.

LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) as an initialism is an attempt at recognizing myriad of complex and intersecting identities within this population. Yet, it is not an entirely-inclusive term. For example, individuals with a spectrum of additional identities often go unnamed and may feel further marginalized with the singular, overarching usage of LGBTQ+. If you would like more information about other terminology related to the LGBTQ+ community, please check our definitions tab.

Events on Campus

Book Launch and Reading

by Nicole Santalucia and Neil Connelly

February 12 | Old Main Chapel | 6:30pm

Celebrate Pride and Creative Writing by recognizing our LGBTQ+ faculty and faculty allies as they read from new works of poetry and fiction.

Dr. Nicole Santalucia's book of poetry, Spoiled Meatis dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community in central Pennsylvania and is the winner of the Charolotte Mew Poetry Prize.

Neil Connelly's eighth book, Brawler, is a young adult novel set in Harrisburg that explores, among other things, the cyclical nature of violence.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact

Lavender Graduation

April 28 | CUB MPR | 3pm

A Lavender Graduation is a ceremony meant to honor LGBTQ+ and ally students to acknowledge their contributions to the institution, prior to them graduating. Please note that this event does not take place of the University Commencement. If you are graduating in 2019, please look for more details in the Spring semester. This event is co-sponsored by SU Women’s Center, Multicultural Student Affairs Office, LGBTQ+ Concerns Committee and Dining Services.

Candlelight Vigil for Orlando Victims

Students speak out about Orlando --Chambersburg Public Opinion

Don't Say...

The Shippensburg University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee launched a "Don't Say" campaign as a way to create an awareness of the inappropriate language used toward various groups of people. Go to the the SAAC homepage to check out the campaign in full!

Don't Say

What LGBTQ+ students want their professors to know…

Here's a quick video that captures the diversity that is gender & sexual identity and highlights key issues and concerns!