Welcome to SAGE
Welcome to the Sexuality and Gender Education (SAGE) program website. As you engage with SAGE, please remember that Messiah University is a Christ-centered academic community. Our mission is to educate. As such, we have a foundational commitment to biblical understanding and the values that flow out of our Christian identity and mission. (Read Messiah University's sexual behavior expectations in the student handbook.)
We believe a Christ-centered academic community should nurture a learning environment where:
- All members are valued and treated with respect and compassion
- All members feel that they are in a welcoming and safe place where they can grow
- All members are expected to demonstrate God’s grace and understanding to each other
- All members are encouraged to pursue love and obedience as the calling of all Christians
- All members are taught to embrace their primary identity in Christ which transcends identity with other specific groups and affiliations
- All members are encouraged to engage in civil and constructive educational dialogue on all topics, so that our graduates will be prepared to work in and witness to the church and society
- All Christians can live lives that exemplify the fruit of the Spirit, turning away from temptation and embodying love, kindness, gentleness and mercy
What is SAGE?
SAGE stands for Sexuality And Gender Education. It is an educational program at Messiah University that exists to provide opportunities for enhanced care and support for students while cultivating learning and leadership development within the broad themes of relationships, sexuality, and gender rooted in Messiah’s biblical understanding and the values that flow out of our Christian identity and mission.
SAGE is made up of three essential and interconnected areas—SAGE Care, SAGE Prism, SAGE Events—each with its own individual purpose statement and educational advising.
- SAGE Communication provides communication and organizational support to the SAGE team, leading advertising and social media efforts for programming and campus collaboration.
- SAGE Prism provides opportunities for students to regularly fellowship together in a welcoming, student-centered learning environment with an emphasis on LGBT+ matters and concerns.
- SAGE Connects provides programming and collaborative events throughout the academic year on relationship, sexuality and gender topics for the entire campus community.
Below is a visual to show how it all ties together. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section is below, as well as contact information for each area.
SAGE Desired Learning Outcomes
As a result of engaging with SAGE programming, participants will ...
- Develop a healthy sense of sexual and relational self through pursuing Christ-centered shalom.
- Be able to articulate components of healthy and meaningful relationships within the framework of a Christian community.
- Be able to identify ways in which Christian faith informs an ethic of relational and sexual practices.
- Be able to summarize the biblical and historical approach to sexuality and gender taken by Messiah University.
- Be able to—through honest, loving, collaborative and critical conversations—articulate how Messiah’s approach to sexuality shapes life together in a diverse community.
SAGE is housed in the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership Programs, which is located on the upper level of the Larsen Student Union.
Dean of Students
Dr. Kevin Villegas
Dean of Studentskvillega@messiah.edu
Dr. Villegas provides overall supervision to SAGE as a whole. Contact with any general questions or comments.