Enfield housing area

Identity-Based Housing

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

View 2021-2022 Information Booklet (PDF)

Residence Life is strongly committed to offering Identity-Based Housing.

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 safer 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.

Identity-Based Mods (for continuing students)

Submit your fall 2021-spring 2022 IDBM application 

All Identity-Based Mods share an online application. Students may apply for multiple Identity-Based Mods in the same application. All applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of current residents and staff members of Residence Life and Housing.

Not-Yet-Permanent Mods have existed for less than four consecutive academic years. These mods achieve permanent status in their fifth year.

Permanent Mods have existed for more than four consecutive academic years. 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 Identity-Based Mod.

Permanent Identity-Based Mods

Asian Heritage, Enfield 57 (four singles) and 58 (four singles) The Asian Heritage Mod is for those who identify with having Asian Heritage. What makes this mod unique is a shared culture, often shared languages, and shared experiences. It’s a space where people don’t have to explain who they are or where they’re coming from. The current residents of the Asian Heritage Mod are people who really want to live in a space based on this aspect of their identity.

LGBTQQIAAP, Enfield 41 (three singles) The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Allies, Asexual, Pansexual (LGBTQQIAAP) Mod is an intimate intentional living space for people who share these identities and want to live with others who identify under the same umbrella. 

Students of Color, Enfield 52 (six singles) The Students of Color Mod (SOC) is for students who identify as people of color. The SOC Mod values communication, respect, community, self-awareness, and cleanliness, and an overall love for people of color, their bodies, and their experiences. Students here have created a communal identity, with shared food, shared apartment items, and an overall sense of each other and their needs.

Queer, Enfield 54 (five singles) The Queer Mod is for people who identify as Queer, however individually defined. It is a comfortable space that can serve as a break from the outside world, and has historically been a place for making art. Its colorful walls full of paintings and artwork attest to its history. 

Women of Color, Enfield 60 (four singles) The Women of Color Mod is one of the oldest identity-based housing communities on campus. Residents have remarked that: “We believe in fostering a supportive body built on foundations of sisterhood and cultural values. As young women of color in a predominately white institution, we find value in our relationship within our ecosystem and our different cultural perspectives. It is one of our objectives to create a safe home for young women to speak, be heard, and have a meaningful presence on this campus. As sisters we lean on each other throughout the tough times, and we take pride in taking care of each other.”

Not-Yet-Permanent Identity-Based Mods

There are currently no Not-Yet-Permanent Mods for the fall 2021 - spring 2022 academic year.

Identity-Based Mods in Hiatus

The following ID-Based Mod designations are currently eligible to be taken out of Hiatus:

Pan Afrikan Diaspora 

Trans and Non-Binary Stability 

Trans and Non-Binary Students of Color 

The following ID-Based Mod designations are currently in Hiatus:

Queer People of Color (QPOC) [until fall 2022]

In order to bring eligible Identity-Based Mods out of Hiatus, students must participate in the Housing Lottery, and win a mod equal to the number of students committed to living in that space (5 or more). After gaining a mod through the lottery, those students can then appeal to designate that mod as an Identity-Based Mod, upon approval from the Housing Operations Office.

No New Identity-Based Mods for Fall 2021

There will be no new Identity-Based Mods for the fall 2021 - spring 2022 academic year. Students can always bring an Identity-Based Mod out of Hiatus, given that the mod has been in hiatus for at least two academic semesters. 

Programming Commitments for Residents of Identity-Based Mods

Students who accept spaces in identity-based mods will be required to attend a retreat in September. Additionally, residents of identity-based mods will be encouraged to plan and/or attend approximately one program per month during the academic year. 

Identity-Based Halls (for incoming students)

Submit your fall 2021-spring 2022 IDBHalls application 

Identity-Based Halls seek to bring the benefits of Identity-Based Housing to first-year students living in residence halls. They are also living environments formed to counter oppression, while supporting incoming students in developing healthy and liberatory ways of living on campus. There will be structured opportunities to connect to and learn from continuing students living in our Identity-Based Mods.

There are currently three Identity-Based Halls available:

The Students of Color Hall

The Women of Color Hall


All Identity-Based Halls share an online application. Students may apply for multiple Identity-Based Halls in the same application. Students who accept spaces in Identity-Based Halls will be required to attend the Identity-Based Housing Retreat in September. Additionally, residents of Identity-Based Halls will be encouraged to plan and/or attend approximately one program per month during the academic year.

For more information on Identity-Based Halls, please email the Coordinator of Identity-Based Housing (wasSA@hampshire.edu).


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