Using the CAGS to Guide PSU’s SAGE Center

Delilah Smith is a student in the CAGS in Educational Leadership program with a concentration in mental health counseling and the director of PSU’s SAGE Center. The SAGE Center is located on the second floor in Hogan House (16 Merrill Street).

What courses or aspects of your CAGS program have made a significant impact on your way of thinking? How are you integrating your CAGS program into your present job?

The courses offered through the CAGS program have challenged me both personally and professionally. They have provided me with the skills needed to communicate more effectively with colleagues and collaborate in ways that I hadn’t thought of before. With each and every class, I walk away with diverse tools that continue to assist me in developing comprehensive programs and services for the SAGE Center and the PSU community.

Tell us about the SAGE Center. What types of programs and services do you offer to students?

The SAGE Center (Sexuality, Anti-violence, and Gender Equity) provides comprehensive risk reduction programs and services that address sexual assault, dating violence, sexual harassment, and stalking. The center also sponsors speakers, performers, events, and activities that address sexuality, sexual identity, anti-violence, and gender equity.

Services include educational programs, one-to-one counseling sessions, support groups, leadership and employment opportunities, information, and referrals.

The center has organized programs for the Red Flag Campaign, Clothesline Project, Women’s History Month, Dragfabulous, Vagina Monologues, and National Coming Out Day.

Is there information about SAGE Center services and events that you’d like to share with the graduate community?

Yes. All programs and services are offered to the graduate community, including internship and practicum opportunities. The SAGE Center offers internship opportunities for graduate students in self-design MEd programs and the MEd in Counselor Education program at PSU. Students gain experience in the specialization area chosen for the degree concentration. Sexuality, family violence, violence against women eating disorders, women’s health, and other women’s issues are a few areas that the SAGE Center can assist graduate students with during an internship. For more information, please contact Delilah Smith at (603) 535-2387.

What opportunities has the CAGS program provided for you that you would not have been able to experience otherwise?

The CAGS program has facilitated engagement both in and outside of the classroom, creating opportunities for me to collaborate with other professionals currently enrolled in the program. From workshops to classroom discussions, this program has truly created a positive educational experience that continues to foster professional relationships and learning opportunities.


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