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Gender Inclusive Housing Experience (GIHE)

Howard University Department of Residence Life and University Housing are committed to providing a safe, inclusive and supportive experience for all students.

We offer a variety of gender inclusive housing options to ensure that University Housing is a supportive space for residents of all gender identities and gender expressions. Gender Inclusive Housing provides multiple housing options for graduate and undergraduate students.

Graduate and Undergraduate students can be placed in a gender inclusive room in one of our many residential communities on campus and undergraduate students can also opt into our Gender Inclusive Housing Experience. The Gender Inclusive Housing Experience (GIHE) is one of several gender-inclusive housing options offered at Howard University.

GIHE is intended to be a safe, inclusive, comfortable and supportive community for people of all gender identities and expressions.

If you are interested in exploring any of our Gender Inclusive Housing options, please submit the Housing Sign Up Information and Interest Form for Gender Inclusive Housing Experience (GIHE), and we will connect with you through email.

Interest forms are accepted on a continuing basis until the spaces are filled.

Questions?

If you have questions regarding LGBTQ campus life, feel free to contact the Office of Student Life and Activities, Mrs. Gaelle A. Ivory, Coordinator of Intercultural Affairs at gaelle.amazan@howard.edu or 202-806-9687. The Coordinator of Intercultural Affairs offers education, outreach, advocacy and support to Howard University LGBTQ students. Please visit the Student Life and Activities website for more information.

Definitions

For the purpose of gender-inclusive housing, see definitions listed below:

  • Gender Non-Conforming - Is a term for individuals whose gender expression is different from societal expectations related to gender.
  • Gender Expression - Is how a person represents or expresses one's gender identity to others, often through behavior, clothing, hairstyles, voice, or body characteristics.
  • Transgender - Is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity, expression, or behavior is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth, this includes but is not limited to transsexuals, cross-dresses, androgynous people, genderqueers, and gender non-conforming people. Transgender is a broad term and is appropriate for non-transgender people to use. "Trans" is shorthand for "transgender."
     

Definition Source: National Center for Transgender Equality; Mara Keisling, Executive Director, http://transequality.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have a variety of gender inclusive housing options throughout our system. Graduate and undergraduate students can be placed in a gender inclusive room in one of our many residential communities on campus and undergraduate students can also opt into our Gender Inclusive Living Experience (GILE).


What are the different room types available for gender inclusive living within University Housing?

Residence hall assignments may include:
* Single or double rooms with a private bath
* Single or double rooms with a gender-inclusive bathroom in close proximity
* Single or double rooms with an attached bathroom (shared with another single or double room)

Apartment assignments may include:
* One-bedroom apartment with a kitchen and private bath
* Two-bedroom apartment with a kitchen and shared bath


Where are the gender-inclusive bathrooms located in Housing?

The Residence Hall Manager within the residence hall for your reference can provide a list of gender-inclusive restrooms and bathrooms. You can also contact the Office of Residence Life and University Housing for this information.


Why is it important to offer Gender Inclusive housing options?

University Housing is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and supportive living experience for all students living in the Howard University residential facilities.

The majority of the University's residential system, limits living arrangements to same-gender roommate pairings, which does not meet the needs, or preferences of some students.

The addition of the Gender Inclusive Living Experience acknowledges the diverse needs of the student body, and underscores the importance of community. Gender Inclusive Housing options help further develop a residential climate that is positive, respectful, and inclusive for all residents.

Gender inclusive housing is voluntary.


Who can live in the Gender Inclusive Housing Experience?

This housing option is open to all undergraduate students. The purpose of the Gender Inclusive Housing Experience is to provide a safe space for transgender*, gender non-conforming*, agender*, and similarly identified students.

Allies are also encouraged to apply to reside in this community. Students who have an understanding of gender identity and gender expression and are willing to actively contribute to an inclusive community can live in the Gender Inclusive Housing Experience.


How are roommates chosen?

Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to self-select their roommate.

If you are unable to identify a roommate, University Housing will pair you with a roommate during the assignment process. You may also wish to consider completing the roommate finder on the Housing website to assist in finding a roommate.


How will the bathrooms work?

The Gender Inclusive Housing Experience will have a gender inclusive bathroom. This means that the bathroom will not be restricted to a specific gender.

The Gender Inclusive Housing Experience will also be close to gender specific bathrooms. GIHE community members who feel comfortable using gender specific bathrooms are asked to utilize them.

Bathrooms that meet the needs of all members of the community will be available. Gender Inclusive living options outside of GIHE are located near gender inclusive and gender specific bathrooms.


What if I still have questions?

If you have any questions or wish to discuss your interest or preferences, please send an email to gender.inclusive.housing@howard.edu.

Hours of Operations
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Mon., Wed., Fri.
(Office Hours by Appointment: 3 to 5 p.m.)

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tues. and Thurs.

Residence Life & University Housing
2205 4th Street, NW 
Washington, D.C. 20059

Phone 
202-806-6131

Fax
202-806-4431

residencelife@howard.edu