Team Rainbow Lounge

Student Assistants

The Rainbow Lounge provides paid employment opportunities for students to engage their leadership, design, programming, and peer counseling skills. Any graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to contact the Rainbow Lounge if interested in this position.

Graduate Intern

The Division of Student Life at MIT provides internship experience to area graduate students in supporting our community of diverse gender, romantic, and sexual identities including lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer or questioning(LBGTQ) students and allies. The Graduate Intern is responsible for providing support for programs, projects, and outreach on campus to enhance the success and experience of the LBGTQ+ community and offers a wealth of skill building in student affairs, LBGT community-building, leadership development, multicultural and social justice education, and ally development work.

Julio Oyola, Asst. Director of LBGT Services
(617) 252-1612 |
Pronouns: Julio or "they" series pronouns

Julio grew up in Mayagez, Puerto Rico, earning a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology from Florida International University and a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from University of San Fransisco. In this role, Julio supervises the Rainbow Lounge's student staff, oversees the Rainbow Compass mentoring program, provides event management, collaborates with campus and community partners, and helps maintain the Rainbow Lounge space. Julio offers student support, advising, and referrals as needed, while also conducting outreach and education through LBGT+ trainings and workshops on a variety of topics. Julio is committed to supporting MIT students at the intersections of their identities and is always looking to learn how to play another exciting tabletop board or card game!

Abigail Francis, Director of LBGT Services
(617) 253-0684 |
Pronouns: she/her/hers/herself

Abigail is MIT's first-ever full-time Director of LBGT Services under the Division of Student Life. She holds a B.S. in Psychology and Pre-Medical studies from Bates College and a Masters in Social Work and Urban Leadership from Simmons College. In overseeing MIT's Rainbow Lounge she offers one-on-one support for students, advising LBGT student groups, collaboration with community partners, and provides consistency and resources to help build and empower the LBGT and ally community at MIT. Abigail heads the organization called LBGT@MIT, a community resource offering quality programming, services, collaboration, and education to all of MIT.

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