|Brian Edwards, M.S.Ed.
Brian joined the University of Connecticut in August 2017. He has over 13 years of experience in higher education and has held various positions in both student and academic affairs. Prior to joining UConn, he served as the Assistant Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity and the Coordinator of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Center at Montclair State University, while teaching LGBTQ Studies courses in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies department. At UConn, Brian is responsible for the advocacy and direction of University-wide services and programs for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff.
Brian holds a B.F.A. from Marymount Manhattan College and an M.S.Ed. from Baruch College, CUNY. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in education with a concentration in higher education administration at New England College. His current research explores the experiences of college students and campus administrators engaged in LGBTQ social justice education activism. Brian is an active member of the Association of College Unions International, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. Finally, he is also a proud sibling of Theta Delta Sigma, Society Inc., currently serving as the National Director of Communications. Brian lives in Glastonbury with his husband, Tom, their English bulldog, Olive, and their cat, Maude.
Bill has been at the Rainbow Center since its inception in 1998, arriving by way of the Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts. Previously, he served in the Air Force Reserves during the Gulf War. Bill is an alumnus of the University of Connecticut, graduating with a Degree in General Studies with an individualized concentration in Multiculturalism, and a Minor in Latino Studies. Including his studies in Ireland, Costa Rica and Cuba, Bill enjoys traveling the world, especially frequent jaunts to Puerto Rico to visit his in-laws. After a twelve-year engagement, Bill and his husband Ricky married in their home state of Massachusetts, where they currently live with their dog Cleo and their extended family.
Julia K. Anderson, B.A.
Julia has served as the Higher Education Student Affairs (HESA) Graduate Assistant for the Rainbow Center since Fall 2016. Julia grew up in Woodstock, GA and made a second home of Athens, GA once she stepped onto the University of Georgia campus. She graduated in May 2016 with a major in English and a minor in Swahili. She loves to read, kayak, nap, bake, and find good local food.
Tim Bussey, M.A.
Tim is a Ph.D. candidate in the Dept. of Political Science and a graduate teaching assistant in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at UConn. He earned his M.A. in political science with a concentration in American studies at UConn in 2014, and he completed his undergraduate education at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA in 2012 with two terms completed at Regent’s Park College at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England. He has volunteered at the Rainbow Center in various capacities since arriving at UConn in Fall 2012 and most recently served as a graduate intern for the center this past fall term. In his new role as a lecturer for the center’s UNIV 2500 class, Timothy will continue to co-facilitate the Rainbow Grads and Young Professionals group as well.