Mission Statement

Everyone is welcome!

The Rainbow Center (RC) has been serving UConn’s diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions and sexualities since 1998!  This includes but is not limited to experiences related to being transgender, aromantic, lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, pansexual, asexual, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, cisgender, intersex, bi-curious, and heterosexual.

Mission Statement

The Rainbow Center serves the University of Connecticut’s diverse community of gender identities, gender expressions, and romantic and sexual orientations by fostering student personal growth, leadership development, community engagement; and providing resources, services, education, training and advocacy.

A Short History

The Rainbow Center (1998) is 1 of 5 cultural centers on campus: Asian American Cultural Center (1993); Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center (1972); African American Cultural Center (1968); and Women’s Center (1972).  We work together to serve the campus, known as WRAPP.  Also, we partner with the Center for Students with Disabilities, Hillel, the Native American Cultural Society and the International Center.

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 Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

Check out the March 2012 Mansfield Patch article on the Rainbow Center.