Office of Residential Life

Rainbow Floor Community


The Rainbow Floor, the first of its kind at a Maine college or university, is for 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. For Fall 2020, both our first-year Rainbow Floor and an upper-class Rainbow Floor will be housed in Philippi Hall.  If you would like to live on the Rainbow Floor as a first-year student but wish to take a different LLC themed COR lab class, or would like to live on a different floor but take the Rainbow themed lab class, please contact Erica Leighton at

Residents in the first-year Rainbow themed LLC 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.  

Previous class outings and activities included:

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