Exploring Living-Learning Communities as a Venue for Men’s Identity Construction

Jody E. Jessup-Anger, Marquette University
Brianne N. Johnson, Marquette University

Published version. Journal of College and University Student Housing, Vol. 39, No. 1 (2012): 162-174. Publisher Link. © Association of College and University Housing Officers - International 2012. Used with permission.


THIS QUALITATIVE STUDY EXPLORED how male undergraduate students experienced living-learning community environments. Findings revealed that living-learning communities provided men a "safe haven" from rigid gender role expectations, offered a plethora of involvement opportunities, and fostered relationships with faculty and peers. The findings highlight the potential of living-learning communities to provide men with the support they need to reject rigid gender expectations and develop a healthy identity. Recommendations for practice are discussed.