The Shippensburg University Pride Center is undergoing a change in leadership as officials search for a new director. Dani Zinn, the former director of the Pride Center, decided to join the Air Force in August and stepped down from her role, according to Arielle Catron, the interim director of the Pride Center and director of the Women’s Center.
Zinn, who was a graduate of Shippensburg University’s counseling program for college student personnel, served as the director for about a year. Zinn also served as a graduate assistant at the center.
Catron said she is also the chair of the search committee for a new director. Catron said the goal is for the center to have a new director by November. Officials said they will begin to review applicants this week and then start interviews the following week.
According to Catron, the center is looking for an individual with experience in LGBTQ+ issues, supporting students who are in the LGBTQ+ community, a background in student affairs and understanding how programming and education benefits the community.
The Pride Center director also plays other key roles on campus including advising other groups on campus and providing leadership for the LGBTQ+ advisory committee. The director also works to create a safe place on campus.
While the center works to find a new director, officials and volunteers are still providing services and programs. Catron said interns at the center have helped to continue providing programming. These programs include SAFE Zone training and events like open mic nights.