Announcing New LGBTQIA+ Leadership Program

PSU clover in pride colors over image of Karl Miller Center

As we close out Pride Month, The School of Business is excited to announce that we are nearing the launch of Maverix, our new leadership program that aims to build community, create access to resources and recognition, and provide mentorship and support for LGBTQIA+ business students.

I have a strong personal commitment to making our business school the most inclusive and welcoming of the LGBTQIA+ community. Complementing PSU-wide programs and services offered by the Queer Resource Center, Maverix is designed specifically to empower and deepen a sense of belonging among emerging LGBTQIA+ business leaders. It will serve both undergraduate and graduate business students, making it the first leadership program of its kind in the country. We want to amplify the voices of Maverix students and provide opportunities for them to influence the future of The School of Business.

A decade of research by the Human Rights Campaign shows that 46% of LGBTQ workers are closeted at work and only 54% of non-LGBTQ workers said that they would be very comfortable working with an LGBTQ coworker. There is more to be done to support LGBTQIA+ students and professionals, and shift the cultures of inclusion and equity in business.

We’ve secured startup funding to launch Maverix during the 2021-2022 academic year, including hiring a part-time program coordinator. We expect to post the position in July and encourage you to check for it on PSU’s HR website and share with those who may be interested.

Maverix, the program’s working name, is drawn from the word maverick, an independent-minded person who’s committed to rethinking the norm. Supporting our vision to redefine business and transform lives, the program will embrace each individual student’s conviction, intuition, authenticity and creativity.

Maverix will be integrated with ATMOS, our longstanding program that serves business students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Students will hear more from us this Fall about ways to engage. Our non-student community members are invited to provide support through mentorship or by contacting Lauren Clark at to learn about financial support options.

Finally, I want to recognize the hard work and dedication of Lisa Heinsdale, former diversity recruitment and retention specialist with The School of Business. Lisa was a tireless advocate for our students and instrumental in creating Maverix, making sure to include students in her process.

In community,

Cliff Allen, Dean
Vergil Miller Professor
The School of Business