About the Program

This living learning community is for first-year students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning or any other sexual orientation or gender identity/expression--and their friends and allies! Students will create a supportive and inclusive community that encourages academic and personal growth and forges alliances with students in other diversity and social justice focused learning communities. Instructors are very supportive and courses are LGBTQ-inclusive. For more information, contact the LGBTQ Program Office, millerjul@uwstout.edu , # (715) 232-5622.

Who's Eligible

  • First Year Students
  • Identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, or Ally
  • No prior college credit for SOC/HIST310
  • Enrolled in a major that allows SOC/HIST310 in the General Education area

Classes You'll Take



This course explores sexual identities/categories and their uses to justify public policy, using both historical and sociological perspectives. We examine how sexuality became a basis for the exercise of power, and how sexual inequalities are illustrated by contemporary controversies such as gay marriage and other civil rights issues. The class satisfies GE-Contemporary Issues and Race & Ethnic Studies (RES B)


ANTH 356

This course will describe anthropological approaches to the study of gender. We will examine the ways in which gender and sexuality have been constructed in specific cultural and historical contexts and how these categories have been analyzed by anthropologists. The course will focus on the contributions of feminist anthropology and analyze the meaning of categories such as domestic, public, household, kinship, sexuality, woman and man. Our exploration will include cross-cultural variations in women's and men's "status" and power, and the diversity of their roles in the family, economy, politics, and religion. We will also discuss gendered experiences with socialization, sexuality, reproduction, and violence as well as how global processes affect women around the world.

Where You Will Live

What We Do

Activities and events may include a theatre/cultural trip to the Twin Cities, a regional queer film festival, study nights, coordinated service learning opportunities, outdoor activities, pizza nights, and events for LGBT Awareness Month (Oct.), Transgender Day of Remembrance, and the Day of Silence.

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Faculty and Staff

picJS    Name: Jeff Sweat

 Class: SOC 291

 Contact: sweatj@uwstout.edu

Hobbies and Interests: reading, traveling, museums, computers, popular science, and playing with my children

The most fascinating thing I have done is: interview transgender inmates inside a large jail in California. I have also had the good fortune of meeting world-renowned scholars and many of my "intellectual heroes."

  Name: Tina Lee

 Class: ANTH 356

 Contact: leetina@uwstout.edu

Hobbies and Interests: travel, reading, crossword puzzles, art/independent films, playing with my two small children.

The most fascinating thing I have done is: traveled to India to conduct research on village religion. I have also been lucky enough to travel to other countries and to conduct research in New York City.

Community Profile

Number of Participants: 20

Living Location: North Hall

Classes: Fall SOC/HIST 310 and Spring ANTH 356

Duration: Fall and Spring Semester

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