Student Diversity

Sarah Holmes '96, MS'02, PhD'19

Assistant Provost for Student Affairs, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Sarah Holmes, wearing a Slytherin House scarf and a denim jacket, standing in an apple orchard

Office Location

227 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland Campus




Many of us have a catalyst that brought us to activism – for Sarah Holmes it was the 1992 anti-gay defacement of an installation of international AIDS education posters at the University of Southern Maine while she was an undergraduate.  As a student, she became involved with the campus’ Alliance student group, was an active leader in student government, and founded the USM Safe Zone Project. From 2000 to 2002, she served as the first coordinator of the LGBTQA Resources Center.  In 2002, following completion of her Master’s degree, she was selected as a Vaid Research Fellow for the NGLTF Policy Institute in New York City.  Her work focused on the experiences of LGBTQ youth in K-12 education and resulted in a 2004 article published in the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education.  After returning to Maine and working in alumni advancement at the University of New England for three years, Sarah again joined USM as the Coordinator for the Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity in the fall of 2006. 


Sarah currently serves as the Assistant Provost for Student Affairs and the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for USM. She continues to be the primary contact and training for the USM Safe Zone Project.