Enfield housing area

Identity-Based Housing

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Residence Life is strongly committed to offering identity-based housing.

Residence Life and Housing facilitates the continuation of many identity-based housing communities started by students. These residential spaces give support to members of our community with social identities that have been historically marginalized in this country, and strive to counter systemic oppression. This arises from our commitment to fostering diverse, socially just, and inclusive communities.

We recognize that our society--through its laws, institutional structures, and customs--has privileged some social groups while systematically disadvantaging and disenfranchising others. Even as we struggle to end these practices, we recognize that day-to-day life for members of these disadvantaged groups can be hurtful and exhausting.

How does identity-based housing help counter oppression?

Identity-based housing is an institutional structure designed to assist members of historically oppressed groups in supporting each other. It helps to create an added level of psychological comfort and safety for those who choose to live in those spaces, often providing the foundation for those students to be able to engage fully in the greater community.

Creating these safe spaces, in collaboration with centers on campus, will benefit the entire community. We must have the full engagement of all our community members, especially those whose experiences, ideas, and perspectives are different from those of the College's mainstream population. It is through these means that we, as a full community, are most likely to challenge assumptions, craft new solutions to problems, and perform to our highest ability.

Filling existing identity-based residences:

The priority deadline to apply to live in an existing identity-based mod is Friday, April 1 at 4 p.m. Applications received after this time will be reviewed on a rolling basis if space permits. All identity based mods share an online application. Students may apply for as many identity-based mods as they like in the same application. Current residents of identity-based mods who wish to live in the same mod next year will need to declare their intention by submitting the identity based mods current resident form by Monday, April 4 at 4 p.m.

All applications will be reviewed by the Identity-Based Housing Guidance Committee. The committee is comprised of residence life student staff, residence life professional staff, community advocacy staff, current residents of identity-based mods, and other invested community members.

Invitations to chosen applicants will be sent via Hampshire email between Friday, April 8 and Wednesday, April 13. Accepted applicants will have 48 hours to respond and confirm their placement or will forfeit their offer.

Non-permanent mods that do not fill by April 14 may choose to reapply as a new mod by April 15, or go on hiatus for the following year. A mod on hiatus may “reclaim” the mod they previously occupied during the next housing lottery, provided they have enough students to fill the mod. Interested parties should contact the assistant director of residence life, Amy Parker, at aparker@hampshire.edu.

Not-Yet-Permanent residences are those groups that have existed for less than 4 consecutive academic years in the same mod. These mods achieve permanent status in their fifth year. Identity-based groups that change size, and therefore the mod in which they live, re-start the 4-year process from the beginning in their new space.

Permanent residences are truly permanent. Once a mod has achieved permanent status, it remains designated as an identity-based mod within the Hampshire housing system. In addition to establishing dependable spaces for identity-based communities, the goal of permanency is to give groups more ownership over their space and the chance to create a unique and lasting history within the mod.

Permanent Identity-Based Mods:

LGBTQQIAAP, Greenwich 32
Students of Color, Enfield 52
Queer, Enfield 54
Women of Color, Enfield 60

Not-Yet-Permanent Identity-Based Mods:

Marginalized Gender Identities, Greenwich 19
Asian Heritage, Greenwich 26
Pan-Afrikan Diaspora, Prescott 85

Creating a New Identity-Based Mod

A group of five or six students who wish to create an identity-based mod that does not currently exist at Hampshire must submit a written proposal to the HOO before 4 p.m. on Friday, April 8. The proposal should include a statement addressing the guidelines listed below, as well as a list of the students who are committed to living in this space noting who will live in the double. The proposal will be reviewed by the Identity-Based Housing Guidance Committee, and approved or denied by Friday, April 15. The group will be notified via Hampshire email addresses.

Once approved, the group will be expected to participate in the mod lottery for the size mod equal to the number of students committed to living in the space (limited to 5 or 6 students). If a mod is not won with points, the last available mod of that size will be granted to the group. Groups must indicate which students have agreed to live together in a double when submitting the names of the students in their group.

Guidelines for Creating New Identity-Based Mods:

  1. The group must demonstrate a compelling need for a living space that includes:
    a) showing the need for a mutually supportive living environment
    b) showing that the creation of the space would benefit the Hampshire community or further the goals of the community in promoting diversity
  2. The group must be unified by a social identity (such as race, culture, gender, or sexual orientation).
  3. The unifying social identity must currently experience or has historically experienced oppression within or outside the Hampshire community.
  4. Upon creation, the group must be able to fill a five- or six-person mod for the upcoming academic year, and demonstrate that the committed students are willing to relinquish all other housing options; the number of students committed determines size of mod (limited to 5 or 6 students). Among these students, two must indicate that they will share a double together, even if the group hopes to win a mod without a double.

Programming Commitments for Residents of Identity-Based Mods

Students who accept spaces in identity-based mods will be required to attend an orientation on Monday, May 2, from 4-7 p.m. in the Red Barn, as well as a retreat on Sunday, September 11, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in FPH. Residents of identity-based mods are expected to attend programming throughout the academic year (around one per month).

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