Commissions available for students

By Caitlin Chciuk
Copy Editor

November 15, 2012

Over the past decade or so, Lock Haven has formed multiple President’s Commissions to handle specific issues on campus. These issues include race, gender, and sexual orientation.

The President’s Commission on Faculty, Administrators, Staff, and Students of Color (FASSt) was established in 2010. Their goals include “promoting a campus environment that welcomes and facilitates racial and ethnic diversity,” and “[doing] community service and outreach [to strengthen] relationships between FASSt of color, the city of Lock Haven, and its surrounding communities,”  according to their website.

Some of their events throughout the semester include presentations and workshops regarding race. Their meetings take place on the fourth Thursday of each month. For more information, contact Dr. Laurie Cannady of the English department ( or visit

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) was formed in 2001. Some of the goals of this commission include “providing a supportive campus climate for women in the classroom” and “reviewing university policies for their effect on women.” The commission has a variety of sub-committees that work on different issues and tasks. “We work to increase awareness by hosting speakers who discuss women’s and gender issues,” explained co-chair Holle Canatella, professor of history.

Canatella also explained, “LHU is a wonderful and welcoming place, but at times gender inequities do arise, and it is important that faculty, staff, and students know that we are here to assist them when they are affected by such issues.” This commission meets the first Thursday of every month during the semester. If you are interested in attending the meeting or joining the commission, please contact co-chairs  Dr. Canatella ( and Dr. Nicole Burkholder-Mosco, professor of English ( for more information.

The President’s Commission on Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender (LGBT) Issues was established in 2009. The commission exists to recognize diversity on campus, especially diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity. According to their website, their mission is “ to create a more inclusive and supportive campus climate through education, activism, advocacy, and assessment for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Some events that the PCLGBT holds include presentations and open mic nights at which members of the LGBT community and their allies can express themselves. Meetings are held periodically and membership is open to all students, faculty, and staff on campus; contact Dr. Rick Schulze, professor in the health sciences department ( or visit for more information.



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