About Gender Inclusive Housing

Student holding Pride Flag next to text that reads, "Lavender Community."
Lilyana (First Year Student, Resident of GIH - Lavender Community) “At PLU, the Lavender wing has allowed me to open up and express myself in ways I’ve never been able to before, I can finally talk openly about my experiences as a queer mixed-race woman without facing ridicule. I feel like I’ve really found a community here and am excited to see what opportunities and experiences await me in the future.”

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


Example Programs

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 you may contact any of the Community Directors per the hall of your interest below or the Campus Life (rlif@plu.edu):

  • Andrew Corse, Community Director for Hinderlie, Kreidler, & Harstad Halls | corseap@plu.edu
  • Dream Gonzales, Community Director for Ordal and Stuen Halls | dgonzales@plu.edu
  • TBA, Community Director for Pflueger and South Halls |
  • Edgar Carreno, Community Director for Tingelstad Hall | edgar.carreno@plu.edu