Lambda will feature brief interviews with some cool people from Penn’s queer community. Read below to find out how they get involved on and off campus and what they do to relax amidst the energy of Penn.
Here we speak to Eliana, Chair of PATH and a Junior in the College of Arts and Sciences.
1. What activities do you participate in at Penn?
In addition to running on Penn’s Varsity Track and Field Team, I am the Executive Director of Penn Athletes and Allies Tackling Homophobia (PATH), Penn’s LGBTQ+ athlete advocacy and affinity group. I also serve as the Vice President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a group of Varsity athletes working to make Penn Athletics a better organization overall. You’ll find me at Lambda Alliance meetings, J-Bagel Events, and working towards my degree in Health and Societies.
2. Describe your Penn queer experience.
I immediately found a wonderful group of LGBTQ+ people in the class of 2016 who were passionate about queer activism, Penn, and learning. The sheer amount of undergraduate (and graduate) queer groups at Penn helped me understand how diverse our LGBTQ+ population is. At the start of my first semester, upperclassmen helped us meet new people and get involved with group leadership right off the bat. I have grown to be more comfortable and proud of my identity since starting at Penn and I attribute that to great friends and the open-mindedness of our campus and city.
3. What’s the best coffee on campus?
Oof. I am that person who has made it halfway through college without drinking a single cup of coffee. But my favorite burrito is the chicken and sweet potato burrito at Honest Tom’s. Homemade guacamole and twelve kinds of hot sauce.
4. What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekends? When I’m not traveling with my team to competitions, I love the free music scene Philly has to offer, especially in the late summer and early fall. There are a ton of concert venues here right next to great food and views.