About Gender Inclusive Housing

Student waving pride flag; "Gender Inclusive Housing & Lavender Community"
Dylan (Former Resident of Lavender Community, Participant in Fall 2018 Linked FYEP Writing 101 Course) “I love Lavender because I like the shared experience and community we all have.”

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 Department of Residential Life (rlif@plu.edu):

  • Sharon Templeton, Community Director for Hinderlie & Hong Halls | templesm@plu.edu
  • Dhaval Patel, Community Director for Ordal and Stuen Halls | dpatel@plu.edu
  • Zac Galván, Community Director for Pflueger and South Halls | zgalvan@plu.edu
  • Adriana Gonzalez, Community Director for Tingelstad Hall | agonzalez@plu.edu