- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The University of North Dakota is now offering student activists a living community that focuses primarily on social justice.

The Social Justice Living-Learning Community, launched this fall, is available for new and returning students who are interested in equality, diversity and “promoting a more inclusive and just society,” according to a description on the school’s website, first highlighted by Campus Reform.

The description didn’t specify what events or causes the community planned to get behind, but stated that activities may include “guest speakers, film series, book club, and service-learning opportunities.”

Cheryl Terrance, faculty adviser of the school’s Ten Percent Society, a student support group for the “GLBTQQIA community,” told Campus Reform that her group would likely be involved in the new housing community’s programming efforts.

Connie Frazier, executive director of housing and dining at UND, told Campus Reform that since the community is so new, its members are having to discuss how to define their community and what kinds of activities they should get involved in.

“Members of the Social Justice LLC believe that each person shares the responsibility of creating an environment in which all residents are respected and valued — regardless of one’s age, size, gender, sexual orientation, identity or identity expression, disability, race, ethnicity, color, creed, national origin, cultural background, socio-economic status, or religious affiliation or conviction,” the description said.

“In addition to traditional room assignment process, the Social Justice LLC will offer the option of a gender inclusive housing assignments, providing the option for students to live with the roommate with whom they are most comfortable without consideration to the individual’s sex, gender or gender expression. Students will only be assigned to gender inclusive assignments at their request. Gender inclusive room assignment requests must be mutual.”

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