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sexual orientation," she says. "From
the students who have already applied
for housing, between two and three
percent of them have already indicated
that their gender identity does not
align with their biological sex."

a Scottish-Australian transsexual who
wished to have the legal status of being
neither male nor female, and, in 2014,
won the Australian High Court decision to be registered as gender "not
specified."

"Students have been wanting to
give us this information for years,
and now we have the ability to obtain
it. Imagine the ways we can better
serve them in all of our communities
on campus now that we have data to
support the need for more genderinclusive spaces," Sousa-Ransford
says. Now that the housing staff have
information from students regarding gender identity, they can expand
gender-inclusive housing to more
communities. "An honors student who
has had to previously choose between
the Honors and LGBTQIA+ communities may no longer have to choose, and
instead have their needs met regardless of the academic program they
select," she explains.

One of the primary beneficiaries
of this training is the department's
resident networkers (RNs), who are

As the University of Oregon housing staff establish their room assignments process for this upcoming fall,
Sousa-Ransford is excited to see how
this information can help staff in the
buildings engage in thoughtful conversations with their residents throughout
the year.

Supportive Allies
by Carolynn Komanski

At the University of Technology in
Sydney, Australia, the housing service
department encourages gender equality and LGBTQ inclusion proactively
through its participation in the UTS
Ally Program. This program provides a
visible network of supportive individuals who are allies of students and staff
identifying as LGBTQ and supports
it through a variety of workshops and
sessions. The group also welcomes
public lectures from community representatives such as Norrie May-Welby,

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ACTIVITIES
PLANNED
FOR KOOLOOBONG
VILLAGE ARE
SCREENED USING
THE WELLBEING
EFFECTIVENESS
INDICATOR
QUESTIONNAIRE
TO DETERMINE THE
EFFECT THEY ARE
LIKELY TO HAVE ON
OVERALL STUDENT
WELL-BEING IN
TERMS OF HAPPINESS
AND HEALTH. . . .
THE QUESTIONS
SPECIFICALLY ALLOW
STUDENTS TO NOTE
IF A PROSPECTIVE
ACTIVITY WOULD
MAKE THEM FEEL
EXCLUDED BECAUSE
OF THEIR GENDER
AND/OR SEXUALITY.

the primary conduits for the transmission of these principles within
their student peer groups. All RNs
attend several workshops designed
to increase their awareness of such
issues. They also attend the Breaking
the Binary workshop presented by the
UTS Equity and Diversity office. The
workshop addresses LGBTQ awareness, with the focus on such issues as
trans-inclusivity and breaking norms
related to gender identity.
The lessons learned are also put to
use in housing policies and practices.
When new residents accept their offer
to live in UTS Housing, they complete
an online induction which covers issues related to inclusivity. A few days
after their check-in, students are requested to attend a compulsory information session where representatives
from the UTS Equity and Diversity
Unit provide further information. Following this, RNs run apartment meetings with a major focus on promoting
a culture of respect and inclusivity.

Inclusive Choices
by Erik Sorensen

The University of Massachusetts
Amherst's long history of inclusivity
makes it stand out among the most
progressive higher education institutions in the U.S. The Stonewall
Center, established there in 1985, is
the third oldest LGBTQ student center
in the country, and their LGBTQ floor,
known as Spectrum, is the oldest in
the nation. Here, old does not suggest
outdated - not by a long shot. Through
collaboration and support across the
institution, UMass Amherst sets a
strong example for other institutions
around gender-inclusive policies.
Genny Beemyn, director of the
Stonewall Center, explains why it is so
important. "Students have to be comfortable and have support. Research
shows how important this is. An



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