LGBTQIA+ Educational Symposium

Join us for a day of learning and collaboration at the 2024 LGBTQIA+ Educational Symposium, hosted by the NEPA Pride Coalition at Penn State Wilkes‑Barre. Your participation will contribute to building a more inclusive community. We look forward to seeing you!

Topics include:

  • Addressing unique challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals.
  • Sharing best practices for community support.
  • Identifying theory and strategy for creating more inclusive spaces.

Keynote speaker:

We are pleased to announce that Tony Brooks, an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ population and a trailblazer in our community will be giving the keynote presentation.


  • Date: Friday, June 14, 2024
  • Time: 8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Penn State Wilkes-Barre, 44 University Dr., Dallas PA

Register for the LGBTQIA+ Educational Symposium

Symposium Schedule

  • 8:00–8:45 a.m. — Check in/continental breakfast
  • 8:45–9:00 a.m. — Welcome and opening remarks
  • 9:00–9:30 a.m. — Keynote speaker
  • 9:45–10:45 a.m. — Breakout session 1 (details below)
  • 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Breakout session 2 (details below)
  • 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. — Lunch
  • 1:00–2:00 p.m. — Breakout session 3 (details below)
  • 2:15–3:15 p.m. — Breakout session 4 (details below)
  • 3:30 p.m. — Closing remarks

Breakout Sessions

Session Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4
Session 1: 9:45‑10:45 a.m. Let’s Talk About Pronouns—Ask! Don't Assume! 
(Kenneth Tong)
Educating the Next Generation 
(Nicole Zmuda)
Financial Security Planning Steps and Strategies 
(Jack Carr)
LGBTQ Health Disparities: Unpacking Bias and Barriers in LGBTQ Health Care 
(Michalene Davis)
Session 2: 11:00 a.m.‑Noon Queering Human-Centered Design Thinking
(Julia Votto)
Supporting our LGBTQIA+ Students at Tier One, Two and Three
(Tovah Denaro)
Real Estate and the LGBTQIA+ Community
(Dan Taylor)
Treatment and Recovery Strategies for Working with the LGBTQIA+ Population
(Bethany Franklin)
Session 3: 1:00‑2:00 p.m. Reflections of Identity: A Journey into Gender Self-Concept
(Jacob Kelley)
Supporting the Mental Health Needs of LGBTQIA+ and Gender Expansive Youth
(Tovah Denaro)
Estate Planning for the LGBTQ+ Community
(Kevin Grebas)
Neurofeedback and the LGBTQIA+ Population
(Mindy White)
Session 4: 2:15‑3:15 p.m. Power, Truth and Voice of the True Self
(Mindy White)
Strategies for affirming the identities and experiences of LGBTQ+ and gender diverse students of color
(SJ Janjua)
Professional Development is Culturally Competent Development
(Jay Cafferata)
(Hollie Browning)

Event Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this symposium possible:

Food and Beverage Sponsors:

  • Abarta Coca-Cola
  • Northeastern Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium

Life Long Learn Sponsors:

  • Community Care
  • Integrative Counseling Services
  • Crossroads
  • Exceed America

Pride Sponsors:

  • The Recovery Bank
  • Rainbow Alliance

Equality Sponsor:

  • Caron Treatment Centers
  • STR Behavioral Health

“We Are” Sponsors:

  • Cross Valley Counseling
  • The Pride Project
  • Pennsylvania Harness Horseman's Association
  • Courtney M. Brenner Realtor | Keller Williams Real Estate
  • Pyramid Healthcare, Inc.
  • Northeast Pennsylvania Regional HIV Services

Just Love Sponsor:

  • PRO-A
  • Anonymous