Mitigating Resistance to Gender-Inclusive Housing Initiatives

Decision-Making Processes and Implementation Methods

Topics: Special Populations, Student Experience, Student Affairs, Residence Life

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Gender-inclusive housing programs provide accommodations to students who are uncomfortable in traditional housing arrangements due to gender identity and expression. However, administrators who seek to implement gender-inclusive housing programs may face resistance from institutional stakeholders. This report describes strategies to mitigate resistance to the implementation of gender-inclusive programs and profiles programs at several institutions.

Research Questions

  • What decision making process (e.g., standing committees, special taskforces, regular leadership meeting, executive decision) did administrators undertake to consider establishment of GIH on campus?
  • To what extent is the decision making process publicized? How did the public or campus community react? How did those with decision making authority weigh internal and external political pressures (e.g., university leadership, student activism, state politicians)?
  • When and through what channels (e.g., e-mail, newspaper, institution’s website) do administrators notify the campus community and public about plans to implement GIH? What details are included in the content of such notices?
  • How does GNH affect present and future resource allocations (e.g., budgets and staffing) at contact institutions? Is physical renovation necessary to accommodate plans for GIH?