Officially opened in September 1998,The Rainbow Center is the result of five years of planning, dreaming, and hard work. Numerous groups and individuals participated in crafting the mission and direction of the Rainbow Center. As part of the overall commitment to diversity and civility, the administration at the University of Connecticut has dedicated staff, office space, and resources to address the needs of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Allied members of the campus community.

The Rainbow Center is a unit within the Division of Student Affairs.