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LGBTQIA+ Scholars

What is the Community for LGBTQIA+ Scholars?

When you join the Community for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Agender/Aromantic+ Scholars, you will live with peers who are interested in learning more about the scholarship centered around LGBTQIA+ identities. This community is open to any student who wants to live and learn with like-minded peers, inclusive of your background or identity.

What are the benefits to being in the community?

If you are interested in social justice, inclusiveness, and the educational experience of marginalized communities, this group is for you. You will have the opportunity to go on LGBTQIA+-focused alternative breaks, conferences, events, and other leadership and co-curricular initiatives. You will be able to connect with peers in a learning environment focused on inclusion and activism. You will be learning about topics you are passionate about while inspiring and teaching each other. You may even find ways to create positive change on our campus as well as in other local communities.

What classes will we take?

In the fall students will be pre-enrolled in WGS 201: Introduction to Queer Studies (4 credits), which focuses on the complexities of sexuality from a cultural, political, and minority perspective.  In winter students will register for one of a menu of course suggested by the Faculty Director that will help students continue to progress toward a Queer Studies minor.  In spring term students will register for WGS: 101 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (4 credits), which examines how interlocking social systems—such as sexism, racism, ethnocentrism, classism, ageism, and heterosexism—shape us all.   

Each term you will also take a one-credit ARC seminar, WGS 199, to discuss and apply your core course concepts to your life as a LGBTQIA+ Scholar.  These courses will give you the unique opportunity to connect with faculty and staff in various social and academic contexts inside and outside of the classroom.  WGS 201 and WGS 101 satisfy specific WGS minor/major and Queer Studies minor requirements and have the Identity, Pluralism and Tolerance (IP) multi-cultural attribute.  WGS 101 is also Social Science group satisfying. WGS 199 is elective credit and may count toward the Queer Studies Minor.


This community is currently located in Carson Hall. Please note that Academic Residential Communities can be moved to different residence hall buildings if the size or need of the community changes. 

Who is eligible and how do I apply?

All first-year students are eligible. 

  • First - Apply for University Housing and select the program you prefer in the "Academic Residential Communities" section.
  • Second - Fill out the Supplemental Application page which will show at the end of your housing application, the program director will be in communication with you over the summer to remind you to fill out the form and determine class placement and details.

For more information, e-mail or call 541-346-3263.