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  1. Sep 26 Rainbow Hike (Max # Of Participants Reached)12:30pm
  2. Nov 11 Rainbow Center Art Show6:00pm
  3. Nov 19 InCHIP Lecture Series: Dustin Duncan, ScD 12:30pm
  4. Nov 19 InCHIP lecture: Black Gay and Bisexual Men and HIV Disparities: The N2 Cohort Study12:30pm
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Phone: 860-486-5821
Address: 2110 Hillside Road, Unit 3096
Student Union 403
Storrs, CT 06269

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Semester Hours

August 31 - September 20: Closed

Monday-Friday: TBD

Saturday-Sunday: Closed


Summer Intersession Hours

Monday-Friday: Closed

Saturday-Sunday: Closed

A Message from the Rainbow Center

Hello LGBTQIA+ and Allied Community!

Everyone is welcome at the Rainbow Center.  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 2020 is the Rainbow Center's 22nd 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.

Rainbow Center News

Please meet our new Graduate Assistant, Ashley Reed!

Greetings Everyone and Happy Friday,

I wanted to take a moment to virtually introduce you all to the Rainbow Center’s new HESA Graduate Assistant, Ashley Reed.  Ashley’s pronouns are she/her/hers. 

Ashley Reed's headshot

The Rainbow Center is very excited to welcome Ashley who was previously working as a Graduate Hall Director in Residence Life at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.  She graduated from Rollins College in 2018 with a major in Social Entrepreneurship and a minor in Spanish.   Ashley is passionate about diversity and equity and empowering people to create their own authentic stories. In her free time, Ashley enjoys anything fitness related, traveling, cooking, trying new restaurants, and spending hours on YouTube.  Ashley will begin working remotely on Monday Aug. 3rd.  Please do not hesitate to send Ashley a quick email (see her contact information at the staff bio webpage) welcoming her to the team or connect her with any of our colleagues as we navigate working remotely.  Thank you in advance.


Kelsey O’Neil, Director

Two new articles in UConn Today re the LGBTQIA+ community

UConn Today has recently published two articles on pertinent topics within our community:

A Welcome Environment for Transgender Patients” features Britta Shute, a family medicine nurse practitioner who has also lectured for the Rainbow Center as a part of our Out to Lunch Lecture Series! In the article, Shute talks about the importance of gender affirming healthcare and touches on some of the avenues offered through UConn Health.

Many LGBTQ Teens Report Bullying that Extends Beyond Their Sexual and Gender Orientations” details a new study by researchers at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut.

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