This safe-space gender-neutral housing is for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, queer, questioning, transgender, gender non-conforming, gender queer, and/or intersex, as well as committed allies. Rainbow Fort is designed to promote personal growth and community building within a safe and supportive environment. Gender is not used as a designation in making housing assignments here.
To be considered for the Rainbow Fort community, students must submit an application expressing their interest. The application is currently offline for the 2014-15 academic year. If you are still interested, please contact the front office for more information.
- Participate in the creation of a Living Learning Agreement (LLA) with roommates, facilitated by a Resident Assistant (RA), to ensure each resident’s needs are met within the apartment.
- Participate in a consent workshop facilitated by the Coalition Against Sexual Violence Prevention (CASV) on campus during the fall quarter.
- Attend at least one meeting per quarter of a registered student group that explores and advocates for students around concepts such as gender and sexuality. Some examples include but are not limited to: Queer & Trans People of Color (QTPOC), Transgender Resources and Education X-travaganza (T-REX), and Evergreen Queer Alliance (EQA).
- RAD strives to foster inclusive physical environments in housing (living spaces, bathrooms, community gathering spaces, etc.). You can assist with this process by sharing with RAD any concerns or suggestions about the existing condition of spaces in housing, and feedback on ways those spaces could be improved.
As a community of residents, partner with RAD Services and your RA to plan one educational, social, and/or service-related program per quarter to be advertised to the entire residential community in order to raise awareness and educate about the LGBTQ community, and to provide outreach to other students who may benefit from that community of support. Varying degrees of participation exist in the program planning and implementation process based on each student’s skill set and level of comfort.
Our goal of creating intentional, supportive environments for students around the concepts of gender identity and expression depends on residents’ level of participation, feedback and leadership within this community. With ongoing input, effective communication, and active participation, we can keep this positive momentum going for future residents.