University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

LGBTQIA+ Resource Center

Welcome to the primary resource center for the UPJ LGBTQIA+ Community

Pitt Johnstown strives to ensure a welcoming and safe environment in which all members of the campus community are treated with respect and compassion.The Office of Community Relations and Engagement offers resources and support to raise awareness, provide education and empower students who identify as members or allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, nonbinary and queer communities.

Faculty, staff, students, alumni, prospective students, or friends - all are welcome here! 

Student Resources

Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) - This student organization provides a safe, non-judgmental space as well as a support network for the LGBTQ+ student body.

Gender and Sexuality Course Offerings

Preferred/Chosen Name Change Process - Students may designate a preferred name that they want to be known by in the University's systems - this is information from the Pittsburgh campus but all other information remains the same. For a UPJ ID card with a changed name, you will not be charged. However you should email Bob Knipple at prior to going to the ID center.

Gender Inclusive Housing 

LGBTQIA+ Glossary

Programming and Workshops

Health & Counseling Services - This office offers a supportive environment for the LGBTQ+ community with educational resources, and a unique experience for each person.

Pitt Johnstown Diversity Committee - Comprised of staff, faculty and students who are charged with helping to advance the institution's goals of becoming a more inclusive and equitable campus community.

Helpful Resources

Pride of Somerset County

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Network
GLAAD: Media force for LGBTQ+ issues.
It Gets Better Project: Communicates that “it gets better” through personal video stories and pledges.
The Trevor Project: Suicide prevention and support.
Human Rights Campaign: Fights for equality and marriage rights in the LGBTQ+ community.
Athlete Ally: Championing equity and LGBTQ+-inclusive environment in athletics.
Outright Action International: Human rights for LGBTQ+ people everywhere.

Contact Us

Office of Community Relations and Engagement
Sherri Rae - Director