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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 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.

Filling existing Identity-Based Mods:

All Identity-Based mods share an online application. Students may apply for as many identity-based mods as they like 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 are groups that have existed for less than four consecutive academic years in the same mod. These mods achieve permanent status in their fifth year.

Permanent Mods are groups that have existed for more than four consecutive academic years in the same mod and are moving into their fifth year. 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:

Asian Heritage, Enfield 57 (four singles, one double) 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, one double) 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. What makes this mod unique is its location next to the Queer Community Alliance Center, a programming and resource center for the Queer community. This mod has an open roster, meaning it has the potential for all its new members to manifest a unique and personalized environment.

Students of Color, Enfield 52 (six singles, one double) 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, one double) 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. The current residents in this 7-person space describe it as promoting peace and independence.

Women of Color, Enfield 60 (four singles, one double) The Women of Color Mod is one of the oldest identity-based housing communities on campus. Current residents remark 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.”

Queer People of Color (QPOC), Enfield 47 (four singles, one double) The Queer People of Color (QPOC) Mod is a mod for students who identify as queer people of color. This mod is unique in that it centers a particular intersection, providing an avenue for QPOC to find shared meaning and identity in their mod community. Becoming a part of this mod is being part of the future creation and development of an important resource.

Not-Yet-Permanent Identity-Based Mods:

None for the fall 2020-spring 2021 academic year

No New ID Based Mods for Fall 2020

There will be no new Identity-Based Mods for the fall 2020 - spring 2021 academic year. Students can bring an Identity-Based Mod out of Hiatus, given the mod has been in hiatus for at least two academic semesters. 

 

In order to bring an Identity-Based Mod 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 the mod through the lottery, those students can then appeal to designate that mod as an Identity-Based Mod (that is in hiatus), upon approval from the Housing Operations Office.

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. 

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