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Spectrum Thematic Community

Spectrum Thematic Community


Spectrum is a brand new thematic community and it started off when we started thinking about what are some ways to be more supportive of our students who identify across the gender spectrum and the sexual orientation spectrum. It’s important for IU to have this kind of community especially for incoming freshmen, wanting to have that safe environment. This really helps transition them into the IU community because it gives them a safe environment where they they will know that they will be accepted. One of the reasons for choosing Teter, first and foremost, is that it has single occupant bathrooms and two we found a small enough floor that we could start off with the small enough group that makes it feel fairly intimate. Currently we have about 20 students with several more moving in. We are hoping to have the floor filled by the end of the year with an exception we will have some emergency rooms just in case there are any incidents on the within the IU campus. Four other Big Ten institutions already have LGBT thematic communities or living learning centers we really do want to make sure that we are providing as many options as other institutions in our area. So far it’s been really great people have been very friendly, I’ve been able to do a lot with the community. It’s really not geared towards just thinking about LGBTQ ally issues, it’s really looking at the spectrum of gender and sexual orientation so not just those who identify across those spectrums, but to also consider and have conversations about what does this mean, what are all of the places of cross those spectrums that many of us never even talked about or know anything about. To me, having this community available lets people like me and the queer community have a safe space so that we have a place that we can call home. It’s really just an opportunity for people to find where they want to be.

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