About Gender Inclusive Housing
Comfort and Belonging for All Residents
Residential Life is committed to creating inclusive living communities that foster a sense of belonging and comfort for all students, inclusive of all gender identities. Residential Life at PLU routinely works with students to address issues of individual need, comfort and fit with the on-campus living experience.
Great for Residents:
- who want a mixed gender living experience
- for whom their sex assigned at birth does not match their gender identity
- who are interested in gender equity and gender-spectrum inclusion
Program + Learning Outcomes
By participating in Gender Inclusive Housing, residents will:
- participate in creating environments that are safe, equitable, and inclusive for people of all gender identities and expressions
- be able to define terms and concepts related to gender equity and inclusion
- reflect on their own gender socialization, identity, and expression
Below are a few examples of programs that have occurred in Gender Inclusive Housing in the past! If you have an idea for a wing or hall program, contact your Resident Assistant to see about planning it!
- Gender 101 by SAPET (Sexuality Awareness and Personal Empowerment Team)
- Gender Exploration Week event coordinated by Residence Hall Association
For more information about this Learning Community option contact:
Since 2004, Hong International Hall has utilized mixed gender wings to implement language and culture communities representing the five spoken languages that are taught at PLU, and an International Honors (IHON) community. In 2012, in response to and coordination with proposals from RHA and ASPLU, mixed gender apartments were permitted in South Hall. This allowed students to request an apartment, containing private bedroom and bathroom, without regard to their sex assigned at birth or gender identity of their apartment-mate(s).
Due to the success of the gender inclusive option in South Hall, as well as continued student interest, PLU created two traditional residence hall wings with gender inclusive bathrooms. The Gender Inclusive Housing wings are a special Learning Community (LC) option for students who want a mixed gender living experience. Single rooms and gender-inclusive rooms are an option for students for whom their sex assigned at birth does not match gender identity. What makes these communities unique (as compared to other mixed-gender wings and/or South) is that they feature gender-inclusive bathrooms with enhanced privacy (open to all users, regardless of their sex assigned at birth or gender identity); private stalls with partitions going nearly to the floor and ceiling enclose toilets, urinals, and showers with individual changing areas. These communities also focus on gender equity as a theme that guides programming and community building. These wings are safe, inclusive and affirming communities and are designated as mixed gender, allowing rooms selected for man-identified residents and rooms selected for woman-identified residents on the same wing. Single rooms and gender inclusive rooms are an available option on these wings for students whose sex assigned at birth does not match their gender identity.
Residential Life offers a wide spectrum of housing options in terms of gender:
- a single-gender hall: Harstad
- single-gender wings with single-gender bathrooms in most traditional* residence halls:
- Hinderlie – all but one gender inclusive wing
- Kreidler – all hall, all single rooms
- Ordal – all but one gender inclusive wing
- Pflueger – all but two mixed gender wings
- Tingelstad – all but one gender inclusive wing
- mixed-gender wings with single-gender bathrooms in some traditional* residence halls:
- Hong – all hall
- Pflueger – two mixed gender wings
- Stuen – three mixed gender wings
- gender-inclusive housing with private bedrooms/bathrooms: South provides an apartment-style residence hall with two and four bedroom apartments, in addition to studio options. South Hall is only available to students who are 20 years or older, or have attained junior status or higher. Apartments include private bedrooms and private bathrooms. Roommate requests are made without regard to sex assigned at birth. For more information go to Apply to South Hall.
- gender-inclusive wings with gender-inclusive bathrooms in some traditional* residence halls
- Tingelstad – one wing
- Hinderlie – one wing
- Ordal – one wing (Lavender Community)
- Stuen – three wings (New Transfer & Returning Wings)
- *Traditional halls may include residence in a single room or single with bathroom to accommodate housing needs; please contact Residential Life for more details.
- Mixed Gender Wing – A residence hall wing that contains both rooms designated for male residents and rooms designated for female residents.
- Gender Inclusive Bathroom – A common area bathroom open to all users regardless of sex assigned at birth or gender identity. Private stalls, with partitions going nearly to the floor and ceiling, will enclose toilets, urinals, and showers with individual changing areas.
- Gender Inclusive Room – A residence hall room with roommates assigned without regard to sex assigned at birth or gender identity. This option is available on the three Gender Inclusive Housing wings. One of the two roommates must be a student whose sex assigned at birth does not match their gender identity.
- Single Room on a Mixed Gender Wing with Gender Inclusive Bathroom – A residence hall room on either of the Gender Inclusive Housing wings in which a student contracts to live without a roommate. Assignments may be based on need or priority.
- Single-Gender Designated Room – A residence hall room with roommates designated based on sex assigned at birth.
- Single-Gender Designated Bathroom – A common area bathroom open to users of a specific sex assigned at birth.