SU student recognized for LGBT advocacy


Trent Bauer

Senior Trent Bauer discusses his efforts to improve conditions for LGBT students on SU’s campus.

Monday, a Shippensburg University student was featured on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” to discuss his philanthropy within the LGBT community on the SU campus.

Senior Trent Bauer first caught DeGeneres’ attention in the form of a letter written to the show by his roommate, detailing the ways that Bauer has improved the SU community. 

Bauer has worked as an advocate for the LGBT community since his freshman year. After receiving approval from SU’s administration, Bauer named himself the university’s LGBT student coordinator because he believed there was not enough resources on campus for the LGBT community. 

Bauer was invited to attend a recording of the show, and was surprised when he was invited on stage by DeGeneres during the show. In acknowledgment of his work at SU, DeGeneres awarded Bauer $10,000 in conjunction with her show’s “One Million Acts of Good” campaign, sponsored by Cheerios.

Bauer’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” aired Monday at 4 p.m. on CBS Channel 21. 

For more information on Bauer’s philanthropic efforts and his experience on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” read next week’s issue of The Slate.


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