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Phone: 860-486-5821
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Address: 2110 Hillside Road, Unit 3096
Student Union 403
Storrs, CT 06269

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Semester Hours, Summer 2022

Monday-Thursday: 10am - 3pm

Thursday 6/20: Closed for Juneteenth Observance

Friday: Closed, but staff is telecommuting

Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Rainbow Center News

Happy PRIDE!

The Rainbow Center would like to wish UConn students, staff, and faculty a happy PRIDE month!  Our GA, Sarah Abbey, compiled a list of educational resources, videos, and podcasts all about Pride and LGBTQIA+ history for you to enjoy.  Sarah also included links to Pride events going on throughout the state of Connecticut.  Find all that great info here: https://rainbowcenter.uconn.edu/pride-2022/

Join us for a Faculty And Staff Pride Coffee Hour on Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM in the Rainbow Center lounge, SU 403.  Hope to see you there! 


Please welcome our new Rainbow Center Coordinator!

Greetings from the Rainbow Center,

I’m excited to announce that the Rainbow Center has officially hired Chris Richard (they/them/their) as the new Rainbow Center Coordinator!  Their start date is Friday, December 3, 2021!  Take a look at our staff page that has been updated with Chris’ photo and information!

The Rainbow Center would like to extend a special thank you to all the members of the search committee, and to Angela Rola for serving as the chair.

Chris is a Black non-binary educator, writer, advocate, and coach with a passion for holistic wellness. They began their career in higher education, serving for 10 years focusing on counseling and student development, with an emphasis on supporting first-generation students of color as they enter and navigate the academy. Chris served as a Residence Director at Westfield State University and Central Connecticut State University, assisting students towards building equitable and just campus communities that prioritized social justice and individual development. 

Chris was formerly the Talent and Training Manager at Re-Center, whose mission is to activate youth and adults to drive transformative change towards racially just schools and communities in Connecticut. Chris received their masters in counselor education and a bachelors in English from Central Connecticut State University.

They were inspired to join the University of Connecticut’s Rainbow Center team due to a passion for creating and supporting academic systems that function as not only inclusive environments, but spaces that can meet the needs and honor the lived experience of all students. Chris takes the words of James Baldwin to heart, believing that “Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced”, and uses these words as motivation for the critical social-justice work that remains to be done within communities.

Sincerely,

Kelsey O’Neil
Director

 


A Message from the Rainbow Center

Hello UConn's LGBTQIA+ and Allied Community!

Everyone is welcome at the Rainbow Center at the University of Connecticut.  We pride ourselves on a family-like environment with academic and social opportunities.  We have been serving UConn's diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions, and sexualities since 1998.  The fun and amazing staff provides resources and services to the wider campus community of students, faculty, staff, and local residents. Please check out our Meet the Staff page in order to get to know each of us.

September 2022 is the Rainbow Center's 24th Anniversary.  Since our founding, the Rainbow Center has been named one of the best 100 gay-friendly campuses in the country, and received a 4.5 out of 5 rating on the Campus Pride Index Report. We'd love for you to join us at an Out to Lunch Lecture or other upcoming event.

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