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    Sarah Holmes, 39
    Assistant Director of Student Life & Diversity
    University of Southern Maine

    Sarah Holmes, 39, has polysyllabic
    job titles at the University of
    Southern Maine – not only Assistant
    Director of Student Life and
    Diversity, but also Coordinator of the
    Center for Sexualities and Gender
    Diversity.

    But Holmes’s work extends well
    beyond her alma mater, as her
    MaineToday Media Forty Under 40
    Award nominators make clear:
    “Sarah Holmes is a statewide and
    regional leader in her field of higher
    education administration in student
    life and diversity. She is passionately
    devoted to the safety, education and
    well-being of young people.

    “A consummate collaborator,
    Sarah has one of the most extensive
    professional and personal
    networks in Maine’s LGBT (lesbian,
    gay, bisexual and transgender)
    community and beyond. …

    “Sarah has become an important
    resource and leader not only in the
    LGBT community of the University
    of Southern Maine, but in the
    greater Portland area as well,â€Â
    say Betsy Parsons, Lisa Bunker,
    Branden Parker, Mike Blanchard,
    Dal Maxwell and Alex Roan, writing
    jointly.

    Recently, Holmes has conducted
    Safe Zones and Diversity education
    seminars across the state.
    “Sarah is a chapter leader and
    treasurer of GLSEN-Southern
    Maine (Gay, Lesbian & Straight
    Education Network), a nonprofit
    whose mission is safe and affirming
    K-12 schools for all,†her nominators
    continue. “Through GLSEN, Sarah
    is instrumental in supporting the
    health and strength of Gay-Straight-
    Trans Alliances in 60 Maine high
    schools, in 15 of 16 counties.â€Â

    Holmes’s contributions and
    accomplishments include being
    an active member of the Rainbow
    Business and Professional
    Association. She has volunteered
    extensively with Equality Maine.

    Holmes, who lives in Portland,
    has a lifelong interest in history
    and art history (her undergraduate
    disciplines), and has served as a
    docent at the Victoria Mansion on
    Danforth Street. Her master’s degree
    is in adult education and student
    affairs in higher education.


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