Author: O'Neil, Kelsey

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:

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! 

Message from the Director – New Hire

The Rainbow Center has some exciting news to share with the campus community!  In February 2019 the RC launched a search for its first full-time Rainbow Center Coordinator.  On-campus interviews for finalists were held in early May.  The search was remarkably competitive.  It is my pleasure to announce that Julia Anderson (she/her/hers) was offered the position and recently accepted.  She began her role as Rainbow Center Coordinator on June 21.  Julia brings a high level of expertise, facilitation, and dedication to the work and we are excited to have her as part of the Rainbow Center team.  Julia is a 2018 UConn HESA alum and previously served in a temporary programming role for the Rainbow Center for the past year.  Julia’s favorite part of her job is the personal connections she is able to make with students and colleagues at UConn. She will continue to oversee the FYE class taught in the Rainbow Center, the FAMILEE mentoring program, and the Rainbow Center’s training programs, among other things.

Thank you for a great year!

image description:  RC Pro Staff members pose from left to right, Steven Feldman, Julia Anderson, Kelsey O’Neil, and Bill Malavé.  They are holding flowers given to them at the end of Lavender Graduation by student staff spring 2019.  Purple and white balloons are behind the staff and a rainbow flag.

Message from Director

The Rainbow Center would like to acknowledge that last Friday night we displayed an Instagram post that was culturally appropriative.  The post has since been taken down.  We apologize and take responsibility for the harm we have caused.  In the future we will do better by re-examining our social media posting procedures.



Rainbow Center to Host LGBTQIA+ Faculty/Staff Affinity Group

The Rainbow Center would like to invite all UConn LGBTQIA+ Faculty and Staff to a LGBTQIA+ Faculty/Staff Affinity Group Lunch on Monday, March 11, 2019 from 11:30am-1:30pm.  Please RSVP by Thursday, March 7, 2019 5pm at this link:

Lunch will be provided.  Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options will be available.  For specific dietary needs/questions please email