Why We Can’t Wait – Our Living Learning Community Journey


Why We Can’t Wait – Our Living Learning Community Journey
ACPA Commission for Housing and Residence Life Sponsored Program
Tuesday, March 13| 4:15-5:15p | 350D
Presenters: DeAndre L. Taylor & Laura Arroyo

There is an iconic photo of President Barack Obama in the Oval Office in which a young African American boy asks if he can touch President Obama’s hair. The young boy, the son of a White House staffer, wanted to see if their hair felt the same. For many, this was very emotional to see and read about. As an African American male myself, that photo symbolized more than an inquisitive 5 year old asking a question.

For me, that moment sang alongside the Black National Anthem and it allowed for the hope that had died to rise and be reborn into reality. It affirmed that the white gleam of our bright star be cast to the future where Black children can live in a lifetime in which anything is possible.

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Putting the Mission in Commission: A Word from Our Chair, Laura Arroyo

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Commission for Housing and Residential Life,

It is with much excitement and thanks that I begin my time as your CHRL Chair. For those of you that attended ACPA, you may have heard ACPA’s new and BOLD Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice. However we recognize that many were unable to attend convention and therefore wish to share with you the following important statement: Continue reading

Activating the Potential for Student Bystander Intervention on Campus by Laura Stiltz Dahl

ACPA Commission for Housing and Residence Life Sponsored Program
Monday, March 27 | 12:45-1:45p | Convention Center C162AA
Presenter: Laura Stiltz Dahl, MEd

Most college and university administrators know their campuses are “at-risk” environments for sexual misconduct (McMahon, 2010).  Research suggests that 1 in 5 women, 1 in 16 men, and nearly 1 in 4 students identifying as transgender or gender non-conforming experience sexual and partner violence while in college (Cantor, et al., 2015; Krebs, Lindquist, Warner, Fisher, & Martin, 2007), with most campus assaults involving alcohol and occurring in social settings such as residence halls or fraternities (Abbey, Ross, McDuffie, & McAulens, 1996; Fisher, Cullen, & Turner, 2001; Messman-Moore, Coates, Gaffey, & Johnson, 2008).

Since more than 50% of survivors do not report because they believe the event was not “serious enough,” college campuses need to do more to prevent campus sexual assault as well as create a campus environment supportive of survivors.

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Facilitators of Community: Our Work Post Orlando, Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas

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To: Members of the ACPA Commission for Housing and Residential Life – #HRL4LIFE

From:    Troy L. Seppelt, Chair and Laura Arroyo, Chair Elect

Dear colleagues and fellow educators:

As colleges and universities prepare to welcome students back to campus, and housing and residential life professionals train staff and prepare buildings, it is important to remember that we play a very important role in the lives of our students. As facilitators in the creation of community, our work is even more important this year in light of ongoing violence in our nation. Shootings in Orlando, Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas to name only a few, have left students and professionals alike to manage feelings of grief, sadness, fear, anger and a myriad of other emotions. Continue reading

Sponsored Program: The Status of Gender-Neutral Housing

The Commission for Housing and Residential Life will be highlighting our six sponsored programs over the next few weeks in preparation for convention in Tampa. The second program to be highlighted is:

The Status of Gender-Neutral Housing: Findings from a National Study

Deborah Taub, Professor of Higher Education at the University of North Caroline Greensboro had this to say about what led her and her co-presenter, Brad Johnson, to study gender-neutral housing.

From “Co-ed Dorms” to Gender-Neutral Housing

 In Tampa at #ACPA15 my colleague Brad Johnson and I will be presenting the results of our national study of the status of gender-neutral housing on college and university campuses. We are delighted to have this opportunity and with the co-sponsorship of CHRL and SCLGBTA of our program. In this blog post I thought I’d share with you how I got interested in conducting this study.

I am a proud alum of Oberlin College. Oberlin gained national notoriety when it was featured in a November 20, 1970 cover story in Life magazine: “Co-ed Dorms: An Intimate Campus Revolution.” Although the tone of the article is quite positive, it is clear that, in 1970, this was a revolutionary move.

*** See http://oberlin.edu/175/didyouknow-coed.html or http://life.time.com/culture/oberlin-when-coed-dorms-were-new-1970/?iid=lb-gal-viewagn#1

However, by 1978, the percentage of colleges offering coed housing had reached 85% (DeCoster, 1979). Today, over 90% of students who live in college housing live in coeducational housing (Willoughby, Carroll, Marshall, & Clark, 2009). The present ubiquity of coed housing and the widespread acceptance of it made me wonder whether a college housing arrangement seen today as revolutionary – gender-neutral housing – might similarly grow to be widely practiced and accepted.

Inspired by DeCoster’s (1979) study of the growth of coeducational housing, I invited colleagues Brad Johnson and Torry Reynolds to join me in a study that essentially would take a snapshot of where the practice of gender-neutral housing is today. The idea is to follow-up periodically to track the growth of gender-neutral housing.

We will be presenting that first snapshot at #ACPA15.


DeCoster, D. A. (1979). Coeducational housing in colleges and universities: 1967 to 1978. Journal of College and University Student Housing, 9, 6-9.

Willoughby, B. J., Carroll, J. S., Marshall, W. J., & Clark, C. (2009). The decline of in loco parentis and the shift to coed housing on college campuses. Journal of Adolescent Research, 24, 21-36. doi: 10.1177/0743558408326914

The Status of Gender-Neutral Housing: Findings from a National Study

Co-sponsored by the Commission for Housing and Residential Life and the Standing Committee for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Awareness

Abstract: How widespread is the practice of gender-neutral housing (GNH) and how is it being implemented? What barriers to establishing GNH have campuses encountered? What GNH policies have been developed? Presenters will share the results and implications of a national study of GNH at ACUHO-I member institutions.

Deborah Taub

Coordinating Presenter

Deborah Taub, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina Greensboro
Professor of Higher Education

Put it on your convention calendar!
Sunday, March 8, 2015
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Marriott Tampa Waterside, Meeting Room 11

Sponsored Program: Addressing Inclusive Language on Campus

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As promised, the Commission for Housing and Residential Life will be highlighting our six sponsored programs over the next few weeks in preparation for convention in Tampa. The first program to be highlighted is …

A Collaborative Approach to Addressing Inclusive Language on Campus

Students frequently express feeling unwelcome on campus because of non-inclusive language. This session reviews components of a comprehensive campaign about why language matters. Participants engage in simulated experiences demonstrating approaches to conversations around language and inclusion. The Department of Resident Life, Multicultural Involvement and Student Advocacy Office, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, School of Engineering, and Oral Communications Department at the University of Maryland collaborated to bring this comprehensive campaign to faculty, staff, and students across the campus.

Coordinating Presenter
Paige Smith, Ph.D.
University of Maryland
Director, Women in Engineering

Put it on your convention calendar!
Friday, March 6, 2015
5:30 – 6:30 PM
Marriott Tampa Waterside, Grand Ballroom Salon B

Check out more on the University of Maryland’s Inclusive Language Campaign
www.inclusivelanguage.umd.edu or on Facebook

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Climate is about more than Marriage Equality by Craig Leets

By Craig Leets

Coordinator of the Queer Resource Center at Portland State University and former Resident Director at the University of Maryland

October is an important month for the LGBT community with observances such as National Coming Out Day (October 11th), Spirit Day (October 16th), and LGBT History Month. This October though is especially exciting as daily updates are made to the maps that record the ongoing marriage equality battle in the United States. It seems that every time I have checked the news in the recent weeks there has been a new state with marriage equality since the Supreme Court declined earlier this month to hear several appeals cases brought to them by legislators who sought to uphold marriage bans in their state constitutions. Although this is an especially exciting October for the LGBT community, it is important to remember that these legislation changes do not result in total climate change for the LGBT community, especially on our campuses.

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