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 26 | Orndorff Theater | 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

Safe Zone Trainings!

Safe Zone trainings are being broken up into two parts this semester! If you have any questions about Safe Zone please email us at Feel free to come to whichever session you would like or both! Each training we'll be covering something different.

Introductions and Terminology

April 3 | Grove Forum | 3:30pm - 5:00pm

This training will cover pronouns and first impressions. We will be going over terminology, the LGBTQ umbrella - what that means, and the Genderbread person. 

Coming Out Process and Scenarios

April 4 | Grove Forum | 3:30pm - 5:00pm

This training will cover what the coming out process looks like, do and don'ts, various scenarios that you might come across, and various resources. 

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. This event is co-sponsored by SU Women’s Center, Multicultural Student Affairs Office, LGBTQ+ Concerns Committee and Dining Services.

If you would like to participate in the Lavender Graduation ceremony, please register at: 

Once registered, you will be contacted to provide further information about your participation in the ceremony. If you have any immediate questions, contact the Pride Center at

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!