Gender and Sexuality Center

19 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

– 401.874.2894

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The Gender and Sexuality Center prides itself on providing Education, Engagement, and Support for the URI campus community and beyond. Education programs allow the entire URI community explore concepts related to LGBTQA+ people and issues. Engagement programs provide an opportunity for people to meet and create meaningful relationships with each other. Finally, Support programs give students, faculty, and staff a place and time to receive and offer the benefit of community support for whatever issues our community members encounter.


  • To eradicate oppression toward LGBTQA+ people
  • To eliminate hate/bias language and action
  • To create a gender neutral campus with entirely gender neutral facilities
  • To become the top center of excellence on issues of gender and sexuality at URI, in Kingston, in RI, the U.S., and the world
  • To produce empirical, original research that contributes to the knowledge of the larger world
  • To create a campus climate where all feel included for their authentic selves
  • To expand the LGBTQA+ student, faculty, and staff populations on campus and have a better than 95% retention rate
  • To create and sustain the number one major in LGBTQA+ Studies in the world


The University of Rhode Island’s Gender and Sexuality Center is a cultural department that allows students, faculty, and staff to explore and affirm their multiple and intersecting identities, especially surrounding gender and sexuality. We are committed to nurturing a student-centered learning environment where all are engaged in purposeful academic and personal identity development. Our staff passionately promotes a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive URI community.

Quick Facts

A. The Gender and Sexuality Center saw at least 1,200 people visit the center through the 2012-2013 year.
B. We saw an increase in visitors to the center from fall to spring of 39.8%.
C. The top two reasons people visited our center were social engagement (30%) and academic engagement (29%). In the fall, academic engagement was the top reason (41%). In the spring, social engagement was the top reason (30%).
D. Identity Information

  1. In Sexuality as a group membership category, the most commonly reported identities were gay (33%) and bisexual (24%).
  2. In Gender Identity as a group membership category, the most commonly reported identities were genderqueer (47%) and trans* (30%).

View the construction of our new building!

Location and Hours

  • 19 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881
  • M-W 9AM – 9PM
  • Th 9AM – 10PM
  • F 9AM – 5PM
  • Weekend Hours: 12PM – 5PM
  • Summer hours: M-F 9AM-5PM

Contact information


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