Identity-Based Housing | www.hampshire.edu
Enfield housing area

Identity-Based Housing

Apply Now

The application for Identity-Based Mods is currently available for openings in permanent Identity-Based mods. 

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:

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 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.

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:

Asian Heritage, Greenwich 26

LGBTQQIAAP, Greenwich 32

Students of Color, Enfield 52

Queer, Enfield 54

Women of Color, Enfield 60

Not-Yet-Permanent Identity-Based Mods:

Pan-Afrikan Diaspora, Greenwich 9 (eligible for permanent status Fall 2021)

Trans Stability Mod, Greenwich 28 (eligible for permanent status Fall 2021)

QPOC, Greenwich 33 (eligible for permanent status Fall 2021)

On Hiatus for 2017-2018:

Marginalized Gender Identities, Greenwich 19

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 during the spring room choosing process. 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. The group will be notified of approval or denial 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 a retreat in September. Residents of identity-based mods are expected to attend programming throughout the academic year (around one per month).

Stay In Touch
With Housing
Snail Mail
Housing Operations Office
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002