Department of Residential Life
Instead of opting for a First Year or New Transfer/Returner Wing, students may choose to live in one of our many themed residential learning communities. Residential Life designed the following living/learning communities to support students with a special interest area. These residents have a typical on campus experience with the added value of developing relationships with faculty and sharing a similar community focus. If you are interested in living in one of our Living/Learning Communities you may apply here.
Gender Neutral Housing: PLU has two mixed gender wings, one in Hinderlie Hall and one in Tingelstad Hall, with gender neutral bathrooms. These bathrooms are open to all users, regardless of biological sex or gender identity. Private stalls, with partitions going nearly to the floor and ceiling enclose toilets, urinals and showers with individual changing areas. These wings are safe, inclusive and affirming communities and are designated as mixed gender, allowing rooms selected for male residents and rooms selected for female residents on the same wing. Single rooms and gender neutral rooms will be an option on these wings for students for whom biological sex does not match gender identity. If you would like more information about our Gender Neutral Communities, or to find out how to apply, please visit our Gender Neutral webpage.
Women’s Empowerment and Leadership: As a single gender community, Harstad Hall promotes gender equality through international programming, community building and faculty interaction by focusing on activism, education, leadership opportunities and reflection. Such a focus empowers all the female community to celebrate the female identity and integrate their learning experiences in and out of the classroom. NEW for Fall 2015, two of the first year wings will be linked with specific First Year Experience Program (FYEP) courses on the topic of gender equity and social justice.
Social Action and Leadership: The Social Action and Leadership (SAL) Community is located in the newly renovated Stuen Hall for the 2014-2015 Academic Year. SAL works closely with the Diversity Center and Women’s Center. Residents learn how to create positive change by developing an increased understanding their own cultural identity through critical reflection of their beliefs, values, attitudes and emotions. If you would like more information on the Social Action and Leadership community, or to find out how to apply, please visit the SAL webpage.
First in the Family Community: There are two wings located in Foss Hall (moving to Ordal Hall beginning Fall 2015) that are geared towards students who are the first in their families to attend college. Formally known as first-generation college students, students who live in the First in the Family Community identify as someone whose parents did not graduate from a four-year, degree granting institution in the U.S. The First in the Family Community provides assistance from staff and connects students to resources on campus to help them be successful in and out of the classroom. If you would like more information about the First in the Family Community, or to find out how to apply, please visit the First in the Family Community webpage.
Global Experience & Study: Hong International Hall is home to a unique community consisting of six language and culture houses: Chinese, French, German, Norwegian, Spanish and International Honors House. Residents focus on global awareness, language immersion and cultural engagement. Each language house allows residents to practice their language with other residents and form relationships with their faculty members. For more information, or to find out how to apply, please visit the Hong International Hall webpage.
Creative Expression: Do you sing in the shower? Love listening to music? Have a creative side? If yes, then you should consider living in Hinderlie’s Community for Creative Expression. Hinderlie residents appreciate art, creativity and expression in diverse forms. Hall staff and PLU faculty partner engage residents in creative programs and the appreciation for the world of art. NEW for Fall 2015, ALL first year wings will be linked with specific First Year Experience Program (FYEP) courses on the topic of creativity. For more information, or to find out how to apply, please visit the Hinderlie Hall webpage.