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Harrisburg University of Science and Technology would like to congratulate University Associate Vice President of Human Resources Ben Allatt, who was sworn in as a member of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs state Gov. Tom Wolf established this week. 

Allatt, who also is a councilman on Harrisburg City Council, has a strong community advocacy record and is one of 40 members from across the state chosen to serve on the commission.

The commission, Wolf said, was created to help “ensure obstacles are removed for anyone who is facing an unfair disadvantage based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression.”

It also is believed to be the only commission of its kind in the U.S.

“It was a historic night in Pennsylvania as Gov. Wolf signed an executive order establishing the Commission for LGBTQ Affairs,” Allatt said. “And I was honored and humbled to be sworn in as a member of the commission.”

The commission is headed by Executive Director Todd Snovel, who has served in numerous LGBTQ advocacy positions, most recently as the Assistant Dean for Engagement and Inclusion at Lebanon Valley College.

Get more information about the commission.

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