Triangle House

About Triangle House

Of the many symbols that resonate in LGBTQIA+ communities, the triangle holds a special significance. In the mathematical form of the Delta, the triangle represents change, a characteristic that defines the LGBTQIA+ fight for social equality and social justice. A profound metaphor for the resiliency of LGBTQIA+ communities, the triangle is the only geometric shape impervious to distortion and deformation.

The upside-down version of the triangle is a reminder of the LGBTQIA+ community’s painful history during the holocaust. Originally intended as a badge of shame, the pink triangle and black triangle have been reclaimed as international symbols of gay pride and lesbian pride.

You do not have to identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer to live in Triangle House, It is open to any student, whether LGBTQIA+ or Ally identified, who wants to deepen their understanding of these topics.

Learning Objectives

The aim of the Triangle House program is to enhance the intellectual and cultural environment of the Dartmouth College campus with particular regard to issues that pertain to the historical and contemporary experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, aromantic, and allied people by accomplishing the following learning objectives:

  1. Community – Foster a strong sense of community and well-being among LGBTQIA+ students, based on mutual accountability and respect.
  2. Knowledge – Develop knowledge of LGBTQIA+ histories, identities, culture, and politics.
  3. Action – Increase exposure to and experiential practice of contemporary models of social justice organizing, service, and action.

Residency Expectations

Residents living in Triangle House are expected to make a commitment to building an accountable and action-oriented community as well as engaging in the scholarly pursuit of LGBTQIA+ topics.

To ensure your success in meeting these objectives, you are expected to:

  1. Attend the house orientation meeting.
  2. Demonstrate commitment to the residential community by attending 6 discussion-based house meals per term. Residents will sign up for rotating responsibilities including cooking, set up, and clean up.
  3. Participate in termly reflection where residents will share with each other how they have translated knowledge into action.

Additional ideas for engagement:

  1. Complete one or many courses that:
    • Focus(es) primarily on LGBTQIA+ topics.
    • Cover(s) some LGBTQIA+ scholarship and content.
    • Allow(s) for independent research or coursework on LGBTQIA+ topics.
  2. Conduct a term- or year-long independent project under the advisement of the Triangle House Fellow, a faculty member, or a staff member.
  3. Work with other residents to organize a program focused on social justice organizing, service, activism, or social change.

The Triangle House UGA and Triangle House Fellow are a few of the many people available to help you achieve your goals. They can schedule meetings with you throughout the term to offer support and guidance.

Staff Advisor

  • Michelle Hector Kermond

Application Prompts

  1. Why are you interested in living in Triangle House? What would you bring to the community?
  2. A. What previous coursework, projects, classes, creative works, or research on LGBTQIA+ topics will you have completed prior to residency in the house?
    B. What coursework, projects, classes, creative works, or research on LGBTQIA+ topics do you intend to pursue during each term that you are in residence?
  3. Please describe any dialogue, facilitation, community building, empowerment, service, activism, or leadership training or experience that you will have completed either on campus or off campus prior to residency.

Location

Triangle House is located at 4 North Park Street, just north of East Wheelock Street. View floor plans on the website of the Office of Residential Life.