20 Colleges Creating LGBTQ+ Living-Learning Communities
LGBTQ+ living-learning communities can help you make lifelong connections and promote social activism while living in a safe environment.
Updated November 7, 2022
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- Students in LGBTQ+ living-learning communities often participate in house meals, social justice work, and queer studies.
- LGBTQ+ living-learning communities commonly accept students from all majors.
- Research shows that living-learning communities boost retention rates and GPAs.
- LGBTQ+ college students are four times more likely than non-LGBTQ+ students to choose a college based on its inclusive atmosphere.
For some LGBTQ+ students, finding acceptable housing options on campus can be difficult. But when they have the option to live with other LGBTQ+ students and allies, they can focus less on their safety and more on their studies.
Read on to learn about LGBTQ+ living-learning communities, and find some universities offering these housing options.
What Is an LGBTQ+ Living-Learning Community?
LGBTQ+ living-learning communities grew from the roots laid by college resource centers. LGBTQ+ resource centers became more common on college campuses starting in the 1990s. Schools have continued since then to expand safe campus spaces and resources for LGBTQ+ students.
Colleges offer many living-learning communities based on shared interests, backgrounds, and majors. Living-learning communities offer inclusive, gender-neutral dorms for LGBTQ+ students. They also provide LGBTQ+-centered courses, social justice opportunities, and access to exclusive social events.
Housing terms vary by school and LGBTQ+ living-learning community. For instance, some living-learning communities require that students complete gender and sexuality studies courses and participate in community service projects every semester.
Why Are LGBTQ+ Living-Learning Communities Important?
According to a 2022 UCLA Williams institute School of Law study, roughly 22% of LGBTQ+ students say they consider the school's inclusive climate when picking a college, compared to 5% of non-LGBTQ students.
LGBTQ+ living-learning communities matter because campus housing hasn't always been the most welcoming, with 25.2% of LGBTQ+ students reporting harassment while living on campus. About one-third of LGBTQ + students reported being bullied, harassed, or assaulted at college, compared to 18.9% of non-LGBTQ+ students.
20 Colleges With LGBTQ+ Living-Learning Communities
To create a welcoming atmosphere for LGBTQ+ students on campus, colleges implemented LGBTQ+ living-learning communities. These communities help students access resources and social justice opportunities. Keep reading to find out how these 20 colleges advanced LGBTQ+ equity through living-learning communities.
Angelique Geehan works to support and repair the connections people have with themselves and their families, communities, and cultural practices. A queer, Asian, gender binary-nonconforming parent, Geehan founded Interchange, a consulting group that offers anti-oppression support. She organizes as part of several groups, including the National Perinatal Association's Health Equity Workgroup, the Health and Healing Justice Committee of the National Queer and Trans Asian and Pacific Islander Alliance, QTPOC+ Family Circle, and Batalá Houston.
Angelique Geehan is a paid member of the Red Ventures Education Integrity Network.
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