By: Nate Pentz
Nate is now a senior at Penn State University studying sociology with a sexuality and gender studies minor. He has lived outside of Philadelphia his whole life, most of that time in Broomall. Although he has lived near the city for so long he discovered the William Way Center relatively recently and upon that discovery applied to be an intern for the summer.
Nate did not come out until he had finished high school and arrived at Penn State, a decision partially made on the available resources at the school. He joined several LGBT student organizations on campus like the LGBTA Student Roundtable and the LGBTA Student Coalition and has served on the executive boards of both orgs. This last year he worked as a programming assistant with Penn State’s LGBTQA Student Resource Center. For his final year at Penn State he will continue his work with the Penn State community as a co-chair for student concerns in Penn State’s Commission on LGBTQ Equity and as an at-large representative of Penn State’s student government (UPUA). He will also remain active in student organizations.
Nate hopes that he can see how the Center operates on a day-to-day basis and what services it does for the community. He is very excited to be working with such an established community center and he is also excited to continue to experience the city. Keep an eye out for posts he makes about his travels around the city in search for new places, especially places located in the Gayborhood (a place he had rarely been in before working here believe it or not).
Beyond college Nate is considering several paths. He is hoping to either enter into graduate school to earn a degree in sociology or in sexuality and gender studies and conduct research, to attend graduate school in higher education to pursue student affairs at the college level, or to work in LGBTQ advocacy and community work (and then probably work on a masters or another degree after several years). Regardless of what he chooses he hopes that his experience here will give him new skills and knowledge of what LGBTQ community work is like!