Jennifer Pencek’s job as a Programming Coordinator varies from day-to-day. When Jennifer is not planning social and educational events for the Penn State Center for Women Students, she is scheduling appointments for students with staff counselors. Peggy and Audra are the staff counselors, who work one-on-one with women and men students with confidential issues. The Center for Women Students serves as an alternative service to Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), where free confidential counseling is offered.
One of the most serious issues that counselors deal with is trauma-causing situations, such as sexual assault violence. “I want all students to know that there is no issue that is just a woman’s issue or a man’s issue. When we’re talking about sexual assault violence it’s really a human rights issue,” said Jennifer. She goes on to say that although it is called Center for Women Students, this service is very inclusive. Male students are always encouraged to utilize the services and programs that are offered.
Jennifer’s advice for anyone who is experiencing problems deciding which career route to take is “feel passion for what you want to do.” She goes on to say that although her career path varied from journalism to marketing to now being a programming coordinator, she continues to use her transitional skills from her previous jobs to help her be successful in her current career. She owes her success and happiness with her career to her “not believing in having any regrets and enjoying advocating for women”.