Dear UMaine Students:

Welcome to the 2017 – 2018 academic year. Whether you are coming to campus for the first time or you are a returning student we are thrilled that you are here! This is a wonderful place and your involvement in our living and learning environment is what makes us great. We encourage you to fully engage yourselves in the life of the campus. Your involvement both in and out of the classroom will be exhilarating and life changing.

As you have prepared to come to campus we’ve been reflecting on the increased expressions of hate, incivility, and intolerance reported nationally and wanted to take a moment to reaffirm our community values of unity, compassion, inclusivity, and civility. These values are unwavering. Our commitment to each other as members of a caring community is central to what makes this a wonderful place to live and study. We are, in fact,  distinguished by our engagement on difficult issues and civil discourse defines us.

We hope that these difficult times will serve to strengthen our community and we encourage every member of the UMaine community to continue to work toward a healthy democracy and a unified front where all people are dignified, respected, and supported. We stand together to affirm that harassment or intimidation of any kind will not be accepted. The University of Maine does not tolerate discrimination in any form.

If you see illegal, abusive or uncivil behavior, please say something to your resident staff, an advisor, the UMaine Police Department (581.4040) or the Dean of Students Office (581.1406). These concerns will be addressed immediately.

UMaine is a safe, loving and diverse community, where partnership and communication are highly held ideals. This reality will always endure.

Sincerely,

Susan J. Hunter, President

Jeffrey E. Hecker, Provost

Robert Q. Dana, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

Welcome to LGBTQ Services and the Rainbow Resource Center!

Mission

LGBTQ Services empowers and increases the visibility of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people by promoting equality and inclusiveness at the University of Maine. LGBTQ Services strives to maintain an open, safe, and supportive environment for all students, staff, faculty and alumni and provides educational opportunities, information, and advocacy services.

Vision

We are committed to build an inclusive campus community that does not merely tolerate, but respects and honors all individuals at the University of Maine. We envision a community where all live in equality.

Core Values

  • Commitment to DiversityMulticultural Competence and Equity: To prepare students to live responsibility in an increasingly global world. 
  • Education and Advocacy: To raise awareness of LGBTQ issues across campus through education and advocacy
  • Inclusivity and Broad Access: Create opportunities for all students to feel safe and welcomed and become active participants in the community
  • Student Development and Leadership: To provide all student the tools and opportunities to become involved and achieve their goals for success
  • Community Outreach: To meet the needs of the community through collaboration and innovation. 

Contact Us:

LGBTQ Services
Division of Student Life
5748 Memorial Union, Room 223
Orono, ME, 04496
Phone: 207.581.9517

If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Iwerks at jennifer.iwerks@maine.edu or Silvestre Guzman at silvestre.guzman@maine.edu

Stay connected via our Facebook page and Instagram account (um_lgbtqservices)