The Cultural Exchange Lounge

The Cultural Exchange Lounge (CXL) exists to provide a safe, inviting, and inclusive space for traditionally underrepresented students on the Biddeford Campus to find support, solidarity, and learning. The CXL houses a lending library with books and films available for use by members of the UNE community.

  • Provides a physical space on campus for students across academic programs and class years to engage in dialogue about social identities and current events, applying knowledge gained in the classroom to interactions with peers
  • Fosters learning and mutual empowerment, community, collaboration, and leadership.
  • Provides a location for underrepresented students to find and identify other students like them
  • Serves as a "home away from home" for students
  • Presents an opportunity for student organization members to work collaboratively on events and programs
  • Provides student employment opportunities for up to 15 undergraduates, furthering their career-readiness skills and ensuring success in future careers
  • Is a hub for underrepresented students and organizations, including UNitEd, Alliance, InterVarsity, Nor’easter Catholic, Black Student Union, and the Muslim Students’ Association.
  • Helps to facilitate the recruitment and retention of students of color and LGBTQ students through support in transition to the University environment, informal social opportunities, and reducing barriers to institutional resources.

Hours and Location

Campus Center 100 (BC)
Open 7 days a week during the school year
9 a.m.–11 p.m.

Interfaith Prayer and Reflection Room

The Interfaith Prayer and Reflection Room is maintained by the Office of Intercultural Student Engagement with funding made possible by the Graduate and Professional Student Association. The spaces are located on the second floor of the Ripich Commons in room 209 on the Biddeford Campus and in the Wing Student Lounge on the first floor of Alexander Hall in Portland. Both spaces feature moveable partitions, dimmable lighting, wudu, and soft seating for 10 or more people. All persons are required to remove their shoes upon entering and are encouraged to record their attendance in the provided guest book.

Hours and Locations

Alexander Hall 117
Open Monday–Friday
6 a.m.–11 p.m.

Ripich Commons, Room 209
Open 7 days a week
7 a.m.–midnight

Interior shot of the Interfaith Prayer and Reflection Room featuring rugs
Interior shot of the Interfaith Prayer and Reflection Room including floor pillows and blankets