The Feminist Space

Feminism…can transform relationships so that the alienation, competition, and dehumanization that characterize human interaction can be replaced with feelings of intimacy, mutuality, and camaraderie.

-- bell hooks

The Feminist Space Residential Program provides a community on campus that seeks to develop our identities, our understanding of identities, and actively reflect on how we communicate that with each other – and in doing so, seek the broader goal of forging mutuality in a world that often feels isolated. Through readings, programs, and community outreach, The Feminist Space will meet the needs of all students who are seeking to live in an intentional space for identity development as university students, leaders, and agents of change through the framework of feminism.

Feminism provides the unique opportunity to view our relationships with each other through academics and vocations that support and represent historically underrepresented groups. Topics that The Feminist Space can address, but are certainly not limited to, are:

  • Engaging all members of the community
  • Intersectionality
  • Eco-feminism
  • Healthcare and reproductive rights
  • LGTBQ+
  • Cisgender

The Feminist Space anticipates applying for grants to fund programs, events, and research, and considers having open House events an integral part of embodying our mission. While these topics can be challenging and difficult, they are conversations we ought to be having, and our Residential Program is a place to role model and process these discussions.

At a time when the University is calling for us to strengthen our community and ask challenging questions, The Feminist Space situates those intentional questions in keeping with the Campaign for Community – Who are we? Who are we becoming? How do we best interact with one another in affirmation of our differences? The Feminist Space Residential Program is a space for all, in similarities and in differences, to unite as a community.

 

To apply:

Apply online at myhomeatpenn.upenn.edu starting at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.  The deadline to apply is 12:00 PM on Monday, January 23, 2017.  Students can expect information pertaining to their application to become available on Friday, January 27, 2017.

For more detailed information on the Residential Program application and process please visit this page on the Residential Services website or plan to attend our Information Session on Tuesday, January 17 at 9:00 PM in McClelland South Lounge. Please note that all applicants are required to respond to the following questions in an essay using a maximum of 500 words:

        Why are you interested in joining this Residential Program?

        What would your involvement bring to this program’s overall experience?

        How have you participated in your current House community?

Applications will be reviewed by Harnwell Senior Staff and RAGAs affiliated with The Feminist Space Program. In order for an application to be seriously considered, it is highly encouraged that the essay reflects the uniqueness of the Program. If needed, Harnwell Senior Staff and RAGAs reserve the right to reach out to applicants clarifying room requests and additional concerns.

Contact:

harnwell@collegehouses.upenn.edu, please include "The Feminist Space" in the subject header.