The Rainbow Floor, the first of its kind at a Maine college or university, is for undergraduate and graduate students who wish to live together on a community floor seeking to celebrate and support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning, intersex and allied (LGBTQIA+) community at USM.
Residents engage in educational and social programming opportunities geared towards increasing knowledge and understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. Students may participate in training opportunities around creating safe spaces, addressing and reducing hate and bias language and incidents, and increasing community leadership opportunities. The Rainbow Floor LLC is slated to be in Robie Andrews Hall for fall of 2018.
Previous class outings and activities include:
Participating in USM Safe Zone training to learn how to create safe spaces on campus for LGBTQIA+ community members
Attending the 2017 Maine Youth Summit & Queer Trans Conference
Visiting the Equality Community Center in Portland
Volunteering with local non-profits who provide resources and support for LGBTQAI+ individuals
Engaging with theater or art exhibits or shows related to topics around gender or sexuality
Connecting with other students over dinner at local restaurants