Prism Center staff seated on a bench

Our Purpose

The Prism Center has been serving the diverse queer and trans communities at the University of Vermont since 1999. 

We support and empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) students and work to create a campus community where people of all sexual and gender identities can thrive.

 

The three facets of our work are:

  • Student Empowerment: We partner with students to build their leadership skills, expand understandings of gender and sexuality, and support LGBTQ+ student success.
  • Community Building: We create opportunities for all members of UVM's LGBTQ+ communities to be together, meet, and learn from one another.
  • Campus Equity: We champion efforts to make all aspects of campus life equitable for, and fully inclusive of, LGBTQ+ people.

Meet Our Staff

Headshot of Kate Jerman wearing grey sweater in front of flowering trees with Old Mill in background Kate Jerman, Director (pronouns she/her) 

Kate joined the center as Director in July 2017. Her career thus far has focused on building communities where all people thrive, health equity, and liberation for queer and trans people. Kate holds a BSW from New York University and an MPH in Sexuality & Health from Columbia University. She is interested in possibilities for radical transformation, ceramics, and reading books of all kinds. 

Phone:  802-656-8637  /  Email:  kjerman@uvm.edu 

 

Headshot of Alex Hazzard wearing blue shirt in front of trees Alex Hazzard, Student Empowerment Coordinator (pronouns he/him)

Alex became a part of the Prism team in July 2019 after receiving his M.S. in Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. A Trans and Queer man of color, he is a passionate advocate for social justice and equitable access in higher ed. When he’s not discussing philosophies of social justice, Alex can be found at home cooking, reading, or watching anime. 

Phone:  802-656-4907  /  Email:  ahazzard@uvm.edu

Headshot of Laura Aguilera wearing pumpkin blazer in front of flowering treesLaura Aguilera, Education & Outreach Coordinator (pronouns they/them, she/her)

Lauren joined the Prism team in January 2020 and is pursuing an M.Ed in Higher Education and Student Affairs with a graduate certificate in Disability Studies at UVM.  They seek to create space for marginalized students to feel validated and to develop their consciousness about disability, healing, and transformative justice. 

Email:  laguiler@uvm.edu

Headshot of Evan Litwin wearing green UVM jacket Evan Litwin, Operations Assistant (pronouns he/him)

Evan is a former student staff member, graduating in 2005.  He rejoined the staff in the summer of 2012 after receiving his M.S. in Public Affairs & International Relations from UMass Boston. He brings over 10 years of operations management experience from his time at Verizon and UVM.  His academic and community service interests have always centered on social, economic, and political justice.  

Phone:  802-656-1762  /  Email:  elitwin@uvm.edu

 

Our Space

WINTER/SPRING 2020: The Prism Center is now located in Living & Learning C Building. As we continue to unpack and prepare the new spaces for our students, access will be varied temporarily.  We are excited to welcome you all soon and will update our social media when we have more news to share.
 
The Prism Center is conveniently located in Living & Learning, C Building at the corner of Main Street and University Heights.  Inside, you will find a welcoming space with a variety of resources including:
  • A Student Lounge for studying, hanging out, and small gatherings in a queer-affirming space.  The lounge features a coffee/tea/cocoa station, games, couches, work table & chairs, a resource shelf and free snacks.
  • The David Bohnett Cyber Center, providing students with free Internet access and subsidized printing services.  Our Cyber Center was established with a gift from the David Bohnett Foundation in 2007 and features five workstations that expand students' academic, research, and professional opportunities in a safe and affirming environment. It also offers discounted printing at $.03/page and a motor-assisted, adjustable-height desk and a computer with various software for those using adaptive technology.
  • A Library containing LGBTQ-related books, comics and magazines.  Our LibraryThing site contains a listing of all of the titles available for lending.

Accessibility at the Prism Center

The Prism Center strives to develop events, programs, trainings, and services that are accessible to all people. We use campus locations that have gender inclusive restrooms, elevators and wheelchair access whenever possible.

We offer ASL interpretation at all major events and programs through Student Accessibility Services. Films and videos are shown with captions. A broad range of dietary restrictions are considered when food is provided and information about ingredients is provided.

If you need additional accommodations to ensure your full participation, please e-mail prism@uvm.edu.   To help ensure we are able to provide the services you need, please leave ample time before an event or program.  

All Prism Center spaces are on the first floor of C building in Living & Learning and are wheelchair accessible. 

Two single occupancy gender-inclusive restrooms are located near the entrance to the Prism Center.

As part of our commitment to building an inclusive community we ask that everyone coming to the Prism Center please be fragrance/scent-free to the extent that you are able.  This helps keep our space accessible to those who are harmed by fragrances and chemicals.  For more information about why and how to be fragrance-free, please visit  this website.  

The nearest handicapped parking is located at the main entrance to Living & Learning [the Director’s Circle], on University Heights. Vehicles with handicapped placards are permitted to park in any open space as long it is not reserved for service or emergency vehicles. 

The accessible entrance to Living & Learning is to the left of the main doors. Follow the short path to the ramp access with motorized doors. Once you enter C Building from the hallway, you will find the Prism Center spaces to your right in the C-High column.

Student Employment & Volunteer Opportunities

Student Employment

The Prism Center hires several student staff members at the beginning of each academic year to support us in achieving our mission. If you have a work-study award and are interested in working with the diverse members of UVM'S LGBTQ+ community, we'd love to interview you! Our student staff teams help with planning programs and events, marketing and social media, as well as special projects and office administration. To learn more about the available positions or to apply you must use the JobX site accessible through your MyUVM portal or by visiting the Student Employment Office website.

Volunteering

We welcome volunteers to help us with our annual events like the Fall Welcome, Home For The Holidays, and Rainbow Graduation & Awards. In addition to our own events, the Translating Identity Conference (TIC), always needs volunteers! If you're interested in helping out, contact the TIC committee directly.

Charitable Giving

Please consider supporting the Prism Center at UVM.  Each year we touch hundreds of lives in positive ways through education, support, and programs.  Online giving is convenient and your gift makes a signficant impact in the experiences of LGBTQ+ students on our campus.

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