Eau Claire (WQOW) – UW-Eau Claire is taking a new approach to dorm life this school year. A new rainbow living community will debut, doing away with traditional gender roles when pairing roommates.
In September, the seventh floor at Karlgaard Towers will welcome more than 50 students looking for a discrimination-free home regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or sex. It’s the first living space of its kind on UW-Eau Claire’s campus.
The floor’s focus is building community, says Christopher Jorgenson, director of the Gender and Resource Center.
“We knew that the need was there so we just designated a specific residence hall and a specific floor, and from that point we waited to see what the interest was and it turns out the interest is pretty exceptional,” Jorgenson said.
Jorgenson said the university prioritizes students’ safety and he doesn’t anticipate increased instances of bias or problems on the floor, adding those who signed up wanted a safe place.
Jorgenson said the floor filled quickly for this fall and the university is looking to expand the rainbow living community in the future.