In an effort to provide housing choices that reflect the 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. This includes roommates of any gender identity. Put simply, under this option anyone can choose to share a room with anyone else.
For the 2012–13 academic year, a gender-inclusive housing option will be available on the fourth floor of Carson Hall in the Gender Equity Hall. This choice is open to all students and will feature gender-neutral community restrooms.
You want to live in a community committed to gender equity. Residents of this hall (and only this hall) can choose to room with a student of any gender. This community is created for students who do not wish to be limited in housing spaces by gender or sex. This is an inclusive space for transgender students, students in the process of discovering their gender identity, gay or bisexual students, students who feel uncomfortable rooming with members of the same gender, intersex students who do not wish to be identified by any sex, and students who feel that they would be more comfortable with a roommate of a different gender.
First-year students can sign up to live in this community by choosing the Gender Equity (GI) special-interest hall on their residence hall application. Returning students can sign up through Room Race, University Housing's online room assignment process for returning students, housing.uoregon.edu/roomrace.
Q: Who can live in the Gender Equity Hall?
A: This housing option is open to all students. It provides options for transgender students, students in the process of discovering their gender identity, gay or bisexual students, students who feel uncomfortable with rooming with members of the same sex, intersex students who do not wish to be identified by any sex, and students who feel that they would be more comfortable with a roommate of a different gender.
Q: How are roommates chosen?
A: Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to self-select their roommate. If you are unable to identify a roommate and would like to live in the Gender Equity Hall, University Housing will make a roommate selection for you during the assignment process. For more information, please contact University Housing at 541-346-4277.
Q: How many spaces are available?
A: The Gender Equity Hall will house approximately 84 students for the 2012–13 academic year.
Q: How will the bathrooms work?
A: The Gender Equity Hall will have one gender-neutral community restroom per wing. This means that the restroom will not be restricted to a specific gender but will be open to all members of the community regardless of gender. This is an important aspect of the community as restrooms can often be threatening places for individuals who appear gender non-conforming (either through identity or presentation). A gender-neutral community restroom will provide a safe space for all individuals without the fear of being outed or reported to security.
Q: Will the Gender Equity Hall have activities and programs like other halls?
A: Yes, this community will have programming and activities like the other halls. The type and focus will ultimately depend on the residents of this community and what experiences they would like to have.
Q: What is gender identity?
A: Gender identity is one's sense of one's own gender. It is the inner sense of being a man, a woman, both, neither, two-spirit, multi-gender, bi-gender, or another configuration of gender.
Q: Why is it important to offer gender-inclusive housing option?
A: University Housing is committed to providing safe and welcoming residence hall environments for all students. The majority of the university's residence hall system limits living arrangements to same-gender roommate pairings, which is not supportive or comfortable for some students. The addition of a gender-inclusive housing option acknowledges the diverse needs of the student body and helps further develop a residence hall climate that is positive, respectful, and inclusive for all residents. In particular this housing option will provide an on-campus living option for students who might otherwise live off campus.