CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - While the fate of North Carolina's House Bill Two is still amid controversy and making national headlines, a new dorm catering to people of all gender identities is welcoming students at CCU for the first time.
The RISE community stands for Residents in Solidarity for Equality. Fifteen residents now have an entire floor dedicated to them. The dorm is like many other dorms, but the RISE dorms serves one targeted purpose.
In its first year, it allows returning students with a common interest to live together or near each other no matter what their identity is.
Students got to choose to live in the community during the application process.
CCU leaders say equality is a conversation we see rising nationally and politically so it was a no-brainer to have a place to give students the opportunity to figure out who they are and how they interact in the world and university.
The overall idea sparked from students themselves.
The CCU housing director says this housing selection is gender inclusive and have private bathrooms and bedrooms for students to feel safe no matter what their identity may be.
"They've approached us at University Housing where often an office where they come and say, 'Hey, I'm trying to figure this out...how to be in the world and I'd like to [be at] a place to be able to live and be with folks who are like mine or like interest,'" CCU Housing Director Steve Harrison said.
There are almost a dozen students living in the Rise Community and leaders say availability depends on interest.
CCU leaders hope it continues to expand year after year.