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Jennifer's Story

About Jennifer

Jen Brooks ’15, who is originally from Atlanta, Ga., graduated with a bachelor of arts in sociology. Jen was the third Grinnell student in recent years who used a wheelchair. She also needed full-time personal care attendant (PCA) services and a communication aid in the classroom.

During her time at Grinnell, Jen had the opportunity to explore her passion for activism, hone her skills as a researcher (through her two internships), and develop independent living skills.

Claire's Story

About Claire Forrest ’13

Claire Forrest ’13, originally from Minneapolis, Minn., earned a bachelor of arts degree in English. Claire has cerebral palsy, and used a motorized scooter and manual wheelchair to navigate the campus. While at Grinnell, Claire was a 4-year member of the Varsity Women's Swim Team, and participated in Paralympic swimming competitions during her career. She also served on the campus' Disability Awareness Committee. Claire studied with the Grinnell-in-London 2011 program, making her the first student to study abroad requiring wheelchair accommodation.

Younker Hall


Younker Hall has 41 singles and 36 doubles.

North Singles Doubles
Pit 4 2
First 3 3
Second 5 6
Third 7 7
South Singles Doubles
Pit 7 4
First 1 3
Second 8 7
Third 6 4


Standard Single

Younker Single looking in   Younker Single looking out

Standard Double

Younker standard double looking in   Younker standard double looking out



Younker Hall has 4 lounges. The main lounge is located on the first floor and has a television and piano, and there are smaller lounges on the other three floors.


Younker Hall has a kitchen on every floor. Each kitchen is equipped with a fridge, a microwave, an oven and a stove.


Younker has a trunk room for storage located in the pit.


Younker has a laundry facility located in its pit. There has several washers and dryers that can be operated using campus cash from a student's P-Card.

Computer Lab

A computer lab with printing facilities is located in Younker Pit. It has 2 Macs and 6 Windows workstations.


A recycling facility is located on the first floor of Younker.