Mission and History

Mission Statement

The Rainbow Center’s mission is to operate in the service of a more equitable world for all students, faculty, and staff at the University of Connecticut.  Using an intersectional lens, we center our work on advocating for, and increasing education, access, retention, identity development, and community-building for queer- and trans-spectrum communities.

A Short History

The Rainbow Center (1998) is 1 of 5 cultural centers on campus: Asian American Cultural Center (1993); Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center (1972); African American Cultural Center (1968); and Women’s Center (1972).

The Rainbow Center officially opened in September 1998, The Rainbow Center was the result of years of planning, dreaming, and hard work. Numerous groups and individuals participated in crafting the mission and direction of the Rainbow Center. As part of the overall commitment to equity and inclusion, the administration at the University of Connecticut has dedicated staff, office space, and resources to address the needs of the LGBTQIA+ members of the campus community.

The Rainbow Center is a unit within the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.