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LGBTQIA+ Scholars

What is the Community for LGBTQIA+ Scholars?

As part of this community, you will live with, learn with, and collaborate with peers academically, socially, even politically. This community hopes to create intellectual and experiential opportunities to foster understandings of and respect for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, agender, aromantic, and allied identities, histories, and practices. Scholars will register for a range of course work with the intent and option of earning a Minor in Queer Studies. You will also experience guest speakers, cosponsored programs, social events, and community service. This community is open to any student who wants to live and learn with like-minded peers, inclusive of your backgrounds or identities.

What are the benefits to being in the community?

If you are interested in LGBTQIA+ social justice, activism, scholarship, inclusion, coalition building, and concerns on university campuses, this community is for you. As an LGBTQIA+ Scholar, you will be learning about topics you are passionate about while inspiring and teaching each other. You will have access to individual academic advising with the LGBTQIA+ Scholars faculty director. Most importantly, you will be able to connect with new friends and allies in a living-learning environment focused on what it means to be an LGBTQIA+ student, peer, and citizen. 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 you will be pre-enrolled in 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 our lives and the world around us. In the winter, you will register for WGS 201: Introduction to Queer Studies (4 credits), which focuses on the complexities of sexuality and desire from various cultural, political, and marginalized perspectives. For spring term, students will register for one of a menu of courses (4 credits) that satisfy the Queer Studies minor as approved and suggested by the faculty director. Depending on what is being offered, these courses can come from women’s and gender studies, ethnic studies, English, psychology, history, sociology, education, political science, cinema studies, and others.

Over the course of the year, each quarter, you will also take WGS 199: LGBTQIA+ Scholars Colloquium (1 credit in fall, 1 credit in winter, 2 credits in spring) led by the faculty director. The colloquium is a seminar-style class designed to provide time and space to discuss and apply the ideas, concepts, and material from your core ARC classes as well as to introduce you to university and community resources. Over the course of WGS 199, you will participate in a year-long project as designed by you and the faculty director, culminating in a presentation at the University of Oregon’s Undergraduate Symposium.

All the courses offered in the ARC, including WGS 199, count toward the Queer Studies minor as well as the WGS major and minor. Additionally, WGS 201 and WGS 101 satisfy the Identity, Pluralism, and Tolerance (IP) gen ed requirement; WGS 101 also satisfies the Social Science (SSC) gen ed requirement.


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.


All first-year students are eligible.

  • First - Apply for University Housing and select LGBTQIA+ Scholards on the "Community Preference" section.
  • Second - Complete the "Community Questions" section on the housing application. This will ensure that the faculty director will be able to review your application to live in this community. The faculty director will be in contact with you before summer to determine your placement in this community.

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