Kelsey O’Neil joined UConn in the summer of 2018 to serve as the Director of the Rainbow Center; the University’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexuality (LGBTQIA+) resource center. As the director, Kelsey serves as the leader in campus inclusionary efforts. They are charged with planning, organizing, and administering programs designed to provide awareness and understanding of LGBTQIA+ issues, social support for student constituents, and assistance in achieving their professional, educational, and personal goals. Kelsey identifies as a trans masculine, queer, higher educational professional focused on working as a social justice advocate by intentionally seeking out intersectionality. Within their professional work they are interested in transformational leadership and mentoring programs. Kelsey came to UConn from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH where they previously served as the Assistant Director for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
In their free time Kelsey enjoys exploring the New England outdoors with their dog, TajMahal, a mastiff/Labrador mix. They love kayaking, hiking and the ocean. Kelsey is also a foodie and is always up for trying a new recipe.
Graduate Assistant (Fall 2020)