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Drew University is proud to announce the launch of Gender Inclusive Housing, starting in the Fall 2022 semester.
Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) is a housing option for LGBTQ+ students and allies that does not restrict to traditional limitations of the gender binary and will allow for same-gender, opposite-gender or other-gender identities to live together regardless of biological sex. Drew University has chosen to offer gender inclusive housing because we believe it is important that housing policies evolve to meet the needs of students and to create an inclusive, welcoming environment. This program has been launched in recognition of the fact that traditional, same-sex room assignments are not ideal or appropriate for all students.
Those accepted to GIH will participate in room selection during their assigned times but will be able to select housing options in our designated gender inclusive residence hall spaces.
GENDER INCLUSIVE HOUSING AT DREW IS NOT:
- Co-ed housing
- Housing for romantic couples
- A place for asking LGBTQ+ individuals questions about their identity
GENDER INCLUSIVE HOUSING AT DREW IS:
- A housing option for LGBTQ+ students and allies who do not feel safe or comfortable expressing their identity in traditional housing
- A place where LGBTQ+ people should feel comfortable living on campus
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN GIH?
Any current resident who is interested in sharing a housing assignment with other Drew University students of all gender identities.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CO-ED HOUSING AND GIH?
The term co-ed operates on the assumption that there are two genders: male and female. It leaves little room for the progressive theories on gender, and no room for those who do not identify as their biological sex or those who are transgendered. This idea is based on the notion that there are more then two genders, in fact an infinite amount. Allowing for gender inclusive housing, as opposed to co-ed, shows more inclusiveness and room for diverse identities.
WHERE WILL THE GENDER INCLUSIVE RESIDENCE HALLS BE, AND WHO CAN LIVE IN EACH HALL?
APPROVED Gender Inclusive Housing Applicants will participate in the online housing selection process and select housing in accordance with the housing selection procedures.
WHAT IF A STUDENT DOES NOT WANT TO LIVE IN GIH?
A student must apply separately to be considered for Gender Inclusive Housing, and students who don’t want to just need not apply. The majority of housing at Drew will remain traditional single-sex housing, and the usual rules for housing selection will apply.
WHAT IF PARENTS DON’T WANT THEIR CHILD TO LIVE IN A GIH SPACE?
Students who are over 18 can decide where they choose to live without parent input. We suggest students keep open communication with their families. The Office of Residence Life will not give your housing information out.
WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT GIH?
Further information about GIH should email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com