Because all students and community members should feel safe and welcome in their living, working and learning environments.
The Rainbow Resource Center, formerly the LGBTQA Connection, is a division of Student Affairs and serves to make all Ursinus community members feel safe and welcome in their living, working, and learning environments. The RRC is the official administrative voice for gender and sexual minoritized people.
The Rainbow Resource Center coordinates campus community efforts to ensure the inclusion and integration of issues of gender and sexuality, fostering an inclusive and welcoming campus so that Ursinus community members of all gender and sexual identities receive the respect and understanding that they deserve.
Why the name change?
We changed the name both to better reflect the purpose of the organization and the community that it serves. There were two main issues with the name “LGBTQA Connection”: the first is that it did not clearly communicate what the organization does, and the second is that, while it tried to be inclusive, all acronyms will ultimately fail to be exhaustive in their inclusion of all gender and sexual minoritized people. The Rainbow Resource Center is a name change that not only demonstrates a re-branding and recrafting of the organization; it clearly states what we are and whom we serve. The rainbow flag has a rich history as serving as the symbol of queer and trans social movements since 1978. It is the most recognized symbol of queer and trans rights—both in the US and internationally—and is (nearly) as all-encompassing as symbols can be. The “Resource Center” portion of the name states clearly and concisely that we are a provider of resources for all things “Rainbow” for the Ursinus community.
What’s the difference between the Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) and the Rainbow Resource Center (RRC)?
The GSA is a student club that provides social networking opportunities in order for students to engage in a variety of social and activist projects. The goals of the GSA adapt regularly depending on the needs and wants of the community it serves and the vision of the executive board. The Rainbow Resource Center is an administrative organization that works with students, faculty and staff to create official policies and programs that improve the campus environment for people of all sexual and gender identities and expressions.
Who runs the RRC?
The RRC is coordinated by a staff member, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and a current student, the Student Director. Dean Terrence Williams is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Jordan Ostrum is the Student Director.
Where is the RRC located?
The RRC is located on the second floor of Unity House, near Corson.
How did the RRC come about?
Nearly ten years ago an incident of homophobic hate speech occurred on campus, and students and staff immediately sprang into action to create a formal organization to serve as a resource for all gender and sexual minoritized people. Today the organization actively works to create an environment in which all people can thrive, not despite of, but because of their unique differences of sexual and gender identities and expressions.