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The purpose of this community is to provide gender inclusive housing while also introducing students to Purdue and assisting them in becoming engaged in the university community.  The community will also discuss topics related to gender, sexuality, social justice, and intersectionality.  This community is led by a faculty member and a graduate student from the interdisciplinary program.  Participants also have an opportunity to take the diversity in gender and sexuality studies course during the fall semester and a spring semester course that will also meet an additional requirement for the university core.  This learning community is the only one at Purdue that focuses on gender and sexuality. Through a variety of classroom experiences and exciting on-and-off-campus activities, students will learn how gender and sexuality impact people both locally and globally. 

Note: As part of the Gender Inclusive housing environment, gender will not be used as a factor when making housing assignments for this learning community.


  • Any classification of student admitted to any college/school/major
  • Students willing to live-in and support a gender inclusive residential community

Residential Component

  • Required. The location of learning community housing will be determined based on the incoming size and needs of the learning community. 
  • A signed housing contract is required to apply to this learning community. Once a housing contract is completed, you will indicate your learning community housing preference within the learning community application. Applications received by the priority deadline will be considered first. 
  • If you want to be placed with a preferred roommate and be admitted to a learning community with a required residential component, both you and your roommate must apply (and be accepted) to the same learning community. Students admitted to learning communities with a required residential component cannot be paired with students admitted to learning communities with an optional residential component
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  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying to a learning community. If you have questions about housing, contact University Residences ( at


Fall and Spring semesters

*You may become a peer mentor in the community after your first year as a member of the community

Associated Courses and Information


  • WGSS 28200 - Introduction to LGBT Studies


  • ENGL 36000 - Gender in Literature


Every fee eligible student involved with a learning community (LC) at Purdue will be assessed the $200 LC fee to their university account.  These funds support activities and travel, signature LC events, housing assignments and/or course registration and instructor stipends.

Events and Activities Included:

  • Bowling night
  • Presentations to LGBTQ Student Alliance
  • Faculty-hosted dinners
  • Indiana Youth Group or Tri-State Alliance community project
  • Movie Nights
  • Rainbow Call-out
  • Attend march Women's History Month events
  • Cultural Center Tours

Information above is subject to change. If you are placed in the LC, the associated courses will be on your schedule prior to you registering for the rest of your courses.

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