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Making Gender-Neutral Housing Work

Wesleyan University typically has four students, out of an incoming class of 745, who request gender-neutral housing each year; though many other students could benefit from the option, they often opt for single rooms.
and we are happy to share and help others who may be struggling with trying to provide this option at their campus,” says James C. Smith, UC Riverside’s associate director for residence life-administration. Though some institutions fear resistance from stakeholders, Smith says this has not been a problem for them: “The basic argument is that we see genderneutral housing as providing an accommodation for our students. We often get questions about this housing option, but those who live there choose so at their own volition. It only really impacts those who live in the community, which they are choosing to do.” Involving stakeholders throughout the planning and implementation phases of the project was one key to the success of programs at Ohio University in Athens and Western Washington University in Bellingham. Both institutions are now finalizing their implementation of genderneutral housing programs, which will house their first residents this fall. “Most responses have been very positive as both students and nonstudents see this as an opportunity to make our campus more inclusive. The concerns raised were often based on misperceptions, such as having all housing gender neutral or that genderneutral housing was encouraging dating couples to live together,” says Christine Sheets, executive director of residential housing at Ohio University. Western Washington faced similar concerns about seeming to create a “shack up” community, according to Karen Walker, assistant director of university residences and chair of the Gender Inclusive Housing Committee: “We were very purposeful in creating student learning outcomes and faculty involvement to give the cluster an overarching educational backdrop. This seems to have helped create an incoming population who are excited about learning to create an inclusive community and being allies and support to each other.”

25 Electronic Items per student’s room on ONE 15 amp circuit?
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Cell phone Laptop computer Refrigerator Microwave Roommate’s cell phone Roommate’s laptop Printer (possibly shared) s hour lectures) 9. Roommate’s voice recorder 10. Kindle/Electronic book reader/Nook 11. Television 12. Stereo 19. 13. Alarm clock (phone one isn’t 20. reliable) 21. 14. Roommate’s alarm clock 22. 15. iPod 16. Roommate’s iPod or mp3 player 23. 24. 17. W 25. iPod) 18. 

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Top 4 Items 16.4-20 Running AMPS 1. Cell phone 2. Laptop computer 3. Refrigerator 4. Microwave

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Talking Stick - July/August 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Talking Stick - July/August 2011

Talking Stick - July/August 2011
Contents
Online Now
Vision
Just In
Your ACUHO-I
Transition
Res Life
Facilities
Turn the Page
Calendar
Balancing Act
Making Gender-Neutral Housing Work
Conversations
First Takes
Reporting Out
Welcome
Snapshot
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - intro
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - BB1
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - BB2
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - Talking Stick - July/August 2011
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - Cover2
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - 1
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - 2
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - Contents
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - Online Now
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - 5
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - Vision
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - 7
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - Just In
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - 9
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - 10
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - 11
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - 12
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - Your ACUHO-I
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - 14
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - Transition
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - 16
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - Res Life
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - 18
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - 19
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - Facilities
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - 21
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - 22
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - 23
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - Turn the Page
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - 25
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - 26
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - Calendar
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - Balancing Act
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - 29
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - 30
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Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - Making Gender-Neutral Housing Work
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Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - 42
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - 43
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - Conversations
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Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - 46
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - First Takes
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - Reporting Out
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Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - Welcome
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Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - Snapshot
Talking Stick - July/August 2011 - Cover3
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