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What's Trending in Housing and Residence Life

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Gender Inclusive Housing is a housing option in which two or more students share a residence hall room, suite, or multiple-occupancy apartment regardless of the students' sex, gender, gender identity, or gender expression.

Over 2 million students live on-campus
Residence halls have been around for about 700 years.
Why is this type of housing necessary?
What is Gender Inclusive Housing?
Housing Timeline
The Purpose of Gender Inclusive Housing
Association of College and University Housing Officers-International. (2012).
Gonzalez, M. (2012).
Grasgreen, A. (2014).
National Women's History Museum. (2007).

Meet the needs of the changing student demographics
Need for multiple types of housing options
Competition with other institutions
Brenda Coffield
Friday, April 4, 2014
Western Kentucky University
Overview
Gender Inclusive (Neutral) Housing
Examples of other institutions
Who Has Implemented Gender Inclusive Housing on Their Campus?
What is Gender Inclusive Housing?
Housing Timeline
Purpose of Gender Inclusive Housing
Benefits of Gender Inclusive Housing
Drawbacks or Challenges
Who has implemented Gender Inclusive Housing?
Sandra Bem's Gender Schema as Cognitive-Developmental and Learning Theory
Program Piloting
Vision at WKU
Questions?
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
University of Oregon
Ohio University
What's Trending in Housing and Residence Life?
1453
The first system that required students live-on campus at the University of Paris
1833
Oberlin College was the first college to admit women
Late 1800s-
mid 1960s
Many colleges transitioned to coeducation
1970s
Co-ed housing became a popular trend
1300s
Bologna students were organized
in
soccii
(social housing)
1400
German universities established
bursen

(large, institutional halls for students)
1992
University of Massachusetts at Amherst is the first campus to offer gender inclusive housing
2005
The University of Pennsylvania is the first Ivy League school to offer gender inclusive housing
2014
Over 150 colleges and universities offer gender inclusive housing
La Crosse, WI - Population: 52,000
Campus Population: 10,427
Residential Population: 3,500

Gender Inclusive Housing
"The Office of Residence Life at UW-La Crosse offers Gender Inclusive Housing in Reuter Hall. The purpose of Gender Inclusive Housing is to provide a safe, valued, and comfortable living environment where a student can live with roommates who do not share their own gender identity or expression."

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Eugene, OR - Population: 157,986
Campus Population: 24,548
Residential Population: 3,938

Gender Inclusive Housing Option
"In effort to provide housing choices that reflect students' diverse needs, University Housing has created a gender-inclusive housing option. The term "gender-inclusive housing" refers to residence hall rooms where people of any gender can live together."
University of Oregon
Athens, OH - Population: 23,755
Campus Population: 27,402
Residential Population: 8,000

Specialized Learning Communities: Gender Neutral Housing
"Gender neutral housing communities focus on creating an inclusive environment where students can live in the same room with any student - regardless of sex, gender, gender identity/expression, or sexual orientation."
Ohio University
How can we as Housing and Student Affairs
professionals support our students' needs?
Three key findings: gender schema theory
Bem's Gender Schema as Cognitive-Developmental and Learning Theory
Observations learned from society's cultural definitions of maleness and femaleness
Learning to recognize and categorize incoming information in gender-based categories
Individuals construct and experience their self-concept within a framework of these gender-based categories
Creating a supportive environment
How Does This Relate to Gender Inclusive Housing?
Using Bem's gender schema theory as a guide
Aspects of student life can challenge or reinforce gender identities
Peer culture being one of the most powerful influences on student development and college outcomes
Residential experience plays a critical role
Buy-in from stakeholders
Concerns with relationship conflict
Knowledgeable about the community
What Are Some of the Challenges of Gender Inclusive Housing?
What Are Possible Solutions?
Facts
Training: mediation and educational
Educational/awareness programming
A gender inclusive housing option provides:
How Does Gender Inclusive Housing Tie Into
WKU's Housing and Residence Life's Mission and Strategies?
"...premier living/learning experience that
ensures student success
"
an opportunity to "embrace
continual change
"
an environment that will "foster students' learning by intentionally promoting and
providing educational experiences
"
a new part of the "marketing plan that educates and
attracts students to our on-campus experience
"
What is needed to make it happen?
Piloting a Gender Inclusive Housing Program
Interest
Education
Training
Facilities
Support
Questions?
References
Breaking down traditional stereotypes
Giving men and women experience with each other
Pragmatic housing issues
Meeting the needs of the students we serve
What Are Some of the Benefits of Gender Inclusive Housing?
Association of College and University Housing Officers-International. (2012).
You were asking: The early history of residence halls.
Retrieved March 20, 2014 from http://blog.acuho-i.org/2009/10/you-were-asking-the-early-history-of-residence-halls/
Carroll, J. S., Larsen, J. K., & Willoughby, B. J. (2012). The emergence of gender neutral housing on american university campuses.
Journal of Adolescent Research 27
(6).
Evans, N. J., Forney, D. S., Guido, F. M., Patton, L. D., & Renn, K. A. (2010).
Student development in college: Theory, research, and practice.
San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Gonzalez, M. (2012). Penn leads way in gender-neutral housing.
The Daily Pennsylvania.
Retrieved March 20, 2014 from http://www.thedp.com/index.php/article/2012/03/penn_leads_way_in_genderneutral_housing
Grasgreen, A. (2014). Broadening the transgender agenda.
Inside higher ed.
Retrieved March 20, 2014 from http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/09/18/colleges-adopt-new-policies-accommodate-transgender-students
National Women's History Museum. (2007). The history of women and education. Retrieved March 20, 2014 from http://www.nwhm.org/online-exhibits/education/1800s_7.htm
Northeastern University. (n.d.)
Housing and residential life website.
Retrieved March 20, 2014 from http://www.northeastern.edu/reslife/livinglearning/ucllcf/gnh.html
Ohio University. (n.d.)
Housing website
. Retrieved March 20, 2014 from http://www.ohio.edu/housing/
Ohio University. (n.d.)
University website.
Retrieved March 20, 2014 from http://www.ohio.edu/
University of Oregon. (n.d.)
Housing website.
Retrieved March 20, 2014 from http://housing.uoregon.edu/
University of Oregon. (n.d.)
University website.
Retrieved March 20, 2014 from http://uoregon.edu/
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. (n.d.)
Housing website.
Retrieved March 20, 2014 from http://www.uwlax.edu/reslife/
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. (n.d.)
University website.
Retrieved March 20, 2014 from http://www2.uwlax.edu/
Western Kentucky University. (n.d.)
Housing website.
Retrieved March 20, 2014 from http://www.wku.edu/housing/contact_us/about_hrl.php



Evans, N. J., Forney, D. S., Guido, F. M., Patton, L. D., & Renn, K. A. (2010).
Evans, N. J., Forney, D. S., Guido, F. M., Patton, L. D., & Renn, K. A. (2010).
Western Kentucky University,
Housing website
, (n.d.)
Ohio University,
University website
, (n.d.)
Ohio University,
Housing website
, (n.d.)
University of Oregon,
University website
, (n.d.)
University of Oregon,
Housing website
, (n.d.)
University of La Crosse,
University website
, (n.d.)
University of La Crosse
Housing website
, (n.d.)
Carroll, J. S., Larsen, J. K., & Willoughby, B. J. (2012).
Northeastern University.
Housing website
(n.d.)
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