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academic residential community that will hold
500 students when complete. From inception,
the project strove for student equity from a
pragmatic and programmatic standpoint, thereby
fulfilling the university's commitment to equal
access for all students. At its base level, this
means following Universal Design guidelines
and the like. As work progressed, though, the
design team held multiple sessions with housing
administration, the campus's Office of Equity and
Inclusion, and student groups, including those
from the multicultural, accessibility, and LGBTQ
communities, to discuss issues of equity in order
to embed these themes in the design of the new
facility.
Equity and inclusion were integrated at all
levels in the design. Intentionality in maintaining
affordability was paramount, so that all students -
local, regional, national, and international - would
have an equal opportunity to reside in this facility.
This manifested itself in the type and size of the
unit design. The rooms are designed as doubles
(while maintaining the possibility of being tripled)
so that a more economic pricing model may be
utilized. The units are virtually identical, so no
one student has greater views (usually afforded to
a corner unit) or extra space due to building form
implications. The quantity of public residential
amenities is also identical for each community.
At the academic core, students and faculty
alike wanted maximum flexibility and an open
plan to promote visibility. This provides multiple
benefits such as allowing residents, facilities
personnel, and visitors to witness the diversity
of the academic community; promoting a variety
of teaching and learning styles; and embedding
Universal Design practices for students with
mobility, hearing, or vision challenges.
Finally, gender equity is achieved in the
suite-style bathrooms on the residential floors
and a gender-inclusive public washroom at the
academic core. Together these elements provide
an opportunity to visibly promote equity as well as
continue the educational conversation about equity
and inclusion in the learning commons and on
campus.
In addition, the new residence hall at the
University of Oregon illustrates how a sense of
student ownership of both private and public
spaces within a residence hall affects student
experience. Still, questions remain about how,
specifically, students tend to develop identity,
claim ownership of space, and distinguish
distinct communities within a residence hall. It
is a complex topic. As Cindy Janney, the director
of residential life at Minnesota State University
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015
Contents
New Members
Vision
Just In
Calendar
Your ACUHO-I
Transitions
Res Life
Business
Special Focus
Completing the Loop
Perfect Partners
Conversations
First Takes
Around Student Affairs
Snapshot
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Contents
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - New Members
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Vision
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Just In
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Calendar
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Your ACUHO-I
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Transitions
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Res Life
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Business
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Special Focus
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Completing the Loop
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Conversations
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - First Takes
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