The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo welcomes and strives for advancement in our support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, and Asexual community. The university wants to maintain an inclusive and safe campus for all students and embraces their gender, gender identity and/or gender expression, and sexual orientation. These concepts are intertwined, but not the same thing.
If you are part of the LGBTIQA community or an ally who supports the community and are considering attending UH Hilo, know that the University strives to provide a welcoming and safe environment for you. Traditional Hawaiian culture prior to colonization and the introduction of Christianity was characterized by an openness and acceptance of relationship diversity, including same-gender relationships; in the spirit of honoring the indigenous culture and LGBTIQA students, UH Hilo attempts to honor this tradition.
This welcoming environment is demonstrated from the time you first come to UH Hilo. For example, during Fall Orientation, PRIDE HILO hosts a social gathering for LGBTIQA students and their allies. LGBTIQA students will find existing programs, services, and organizations offered on campus that can assist them when needed.
The University of Hawaiʻi President's Office also sponsors a Commission on the Status of LGBTQI Equality. The Commission promotes a safe and inclusive environment by creating a culture of equality, acceptance, and respect throughout the UH system.
Safe Zone Ally Program
Many University staff members have been trained in providing a "Safe Zone" for students, faculty, and staff. Safe Zone Ally Training educates people about the bullying, harassment, and discrimination that LGBTIQA people experience and need your support to overcome ignorance and discrimination. If you see a Safe Zone symbol on an office door on campus, it identifies a person you can trust: someone who has been trained through our UH Hilo Program and should be understanding, supportive, and helpful. We are working on improving the campus climate for everyone. We have 2 Trainings a semester that are offered through the Women's Center.
In addition, PRIDE HILO is a Registered Independent Student Organization (RISO) Pride Hilo (first called the Gay & Lesbian ‘Ohana-GLO) was formed in 1991. The mission of Pride Hilo is to nurture, educate, and advocate for LGBTIQA issues on-campus and in the community. They have bi-weekly meetings every semester and you can go to the Pride Hilo Facebook Page to get more information.
Knowing your rights as an LGBTIQA student on campus and being aware of available resources is important personally and academically. Through the University's policy on non-discrimination, we are committed to prohibiting discrimination against individuals based on their gender, gender identity, and/or gender expression and sexual orientation. This covers admission, access, participation, treatment, and employment in all University programs and activities. The UH Hilo Student Conduct Code also promotes the value of respect that all students should demonstrate toward each other, and prohibits harassment. In the event of harassment or discrimination, students should contact the Director of Student Conduct.
For more information:
- Women’s Center - Student Services Center, 223
- UH Hilo Representatives on the UH Commission on the Status of LGBTI Equality
- Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Office
- UH Commission on the Status of LGBTI Equality: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Counseling Services - 2nd Floor in the Student Services Building
- University Housing - and ask to speak with the Associate Director-Shelly Clarke
- View a map of gender neutral restrooms on campus (PDF).
- ACLU LGBT Project : The LGBT Project fights discrimination and moves public opinion on LGBT rights through the courts, legislatures and public education.
- ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives : World's largest research library on GLBT heritage and concerns
- The Trevor Project : A leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth. The Trevor Lifeline phone number is 866-4-U-TREVOR.
- National Center for Transgender Equality : Social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment
- Transgender Law and Policy Institute : Dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society, bringing experts and advocates together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality
- Intersex Society of North America : support for those who may identify as intersex
- ASexuality.org : Largest online community for those who identify as asexual
- Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD): Promotes fair and accurate representation of LGBT people in the media
- Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network : GLSEN works with educators, policy makers, community leaders and students on the urgent need to address anti-LGBT behavior and bias in schools
- Human Rights Campaign (HRC): The nation's largest LGBT political organization working for LGBT equal rights
- Lambda Legal : Committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBT people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work
- Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG): Promotes the health and well-being of LGBT persons, their families and friends through support, education, and advocacy.