Staci Neal


Class of 2012
Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Penn State DuBois
Nominated by Jackie Atkins

Staci received this award for insisting on the equal rights of all members of the community.

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Staci Neal deserves our recognition and respect. She enrolled at Penn State DuBois as a mother of three who had already navigated through several of life’s storms. Falling in love with a woman led Staci to understand herself in unfamiliar ways and to resent the social norms that encourage people to hide and tacitly accept that they are denied equal rights. In standing up for herself, and helping others imagine the future towards which she is working, Staci provides an inspiring example of ethical leadership.

Watch & learn about her ethical leadership

Do you know a Penn State undergraduate student who stands up for a belief, a cause, or an idea?

The Rock Ethics Institute inaugurated the Stand Up Award to honor Penn State undergraduate students who have demonstrated courage, fortitude, and ethical leadership by taking a stand for a person, a cause, or a belief. This award and the individuals it honors should remind the entire Penn State community of how often the extraordinary act is possible in ordinary circumstances.