LGBTQIA+ Scholars

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What is the LGBTQIA+ Scholars community?

The members of this community hope 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.  

As part of the Community for LGBTQIA+ Scholars, you to will live with, learn with, and collaborate with peers academically, socially, and even politically. 

Why should I choose to live in this community?

If you are interested in LGBTQIA+ inclusion, coalition building, and concerns on university campuses, this community is for you. 

In this community you will be learning about topics you are passionate about while inspiring and teaching each other. You will have the opportunity to go LGBTQIA+ events, lectures, exhibits, conferences, and other leadership and cocurricular events. 

You will also 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 courses will we take?

You 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.  

  • In the fall LGBTQIA+ Scholars 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.  
  • WGS 201: Introduction to Queer Studies (4 credits), focuses on the complexities of sexuality and desire from various cultural, political, and marginalized perspectives and is taught by the faculty director.  
  • For spring quarter, students register for one of a menu of courses (4 credits) that satisfy the queer studies minor as approved and suggested by the faculty director.
  • WGS 199: LGBTQIA+ Scholars Colloquium (1 credit, 3 terms) 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.  

All of these courses will give you a unique opportunity to connect with students, faculty, staff, and community leaders in various academic and social contexts inside and outside of the classroom.  


Residence Hall: Carson Hall

Please note that communities can be moved to different residence hall buildings if the size or need of the community changes.

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Who is eligible and how do I apply?

This community is open to any student who wants to live and learn with like-minded peers, inclusive of your backgrounds or identities.

  1. Apply for University Housing and select the community you prefer in the "Community Preference" section.
  2. Fill out the supplemental questions on 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.

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