University of Wyoming Rainbow Resource Center Receives Donation

December 13, 2010
Students reading
UW students look through books in the recently expanded Rainbow Resource Center library. The RRC received funding from TRiO, an educational assistance program at UW.

The University of Wyoming's Rainbow Resource Center (RRC) is expanding its library.

During its recent ASPIRE (Association of Special Programs in Region Eight) conference, TRiO, an educational assistance program at UW, designated the RRC to receive funding through its Bring-A Book Community Service Project.

The library offers materials on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer identity, health, politics, spirituality and history, as well as fiction, poetry and memoirs. The library is used extensively for research purposes.

The RRC serves more than 3,000 UW students, faculty, staff and community members.

 "It provides a safe and supportive environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning and queer individuals, their families and other allies," says Sandy Straley, UW Student Support Services project coordinator and Wyoming ASPIRE president.  "We are thrilled to support this important and unique collection of LGBTQ literature."

More than 240 TRiO professionals and other educational opportunity personnel attended the recent conference.  These professionals represent TRiO programs that provide services to increase access to higher education for low-income, first-generation (neither parent holds a college degree), minority students and students with disabilities.

For more information about the RRC, call Dolores Cardona at (307) 766-6228 or Emily Hart at (307) 766-3478.

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