While it is the goal that every area on the UCSD campus is a safe and supportive home for all members of our community, UCSD recognizes the unique needs and challenges facing the LGBT community. In order to better support this community, each College/Residential area is making available housing options to create opportunities for support, identity exploration, and community building for the LGBT community and those interested in this community. Priority will go to students eligible for on-campus housing at the time of room assignment. Students with a current on-campus housing guarantee may indicate a preference to live in this community during the housing contract process. All other eligible students may e-mail the Residence Life Liaison at email@example.com. For specific information about this program, please see your Residence Life website or contact your Resident Dean.
Transgender, genderqueer and gender nonconforming students are valued members of the on-campus living community at UCSD. In order to provide support for the needs of incoming and current transgender, genderqueer and gender nonconforming students, all Residence Life offices at the six colleges and Housing & Dining Services strongly encourage potential and current residents to contact the Housing*Dining*Hospitality Student Engagement, Accommodations, and Appeals Manager, at (858) 822-1782, firstname.lastname@example.org.
On-campus housing at UCSD is gendered in all colleges, and Gender Inclusive Housing is only available for continuing (not first year) students.
New, first year incoming students are encouraged to contact the Housing*Dining*Hospitality Student Engagement, Accommodations, and Appeals Manager before arriving to UCSD. In meeting the needs of the incoming student, UCSD will recognize and respect the gender identity the student has established with Housing. Staff will not ask for any more information than is required to meet the student’s housing needs, and all disclosed information will be kept strictly confidential.
The Housing*Dining*Hospitality Student Engagement, Accommodations, and Appeals Manager will, through conversation and specific knowledge regarding the living environments of the colleges, and in coordination with the Associate Deans of Students/Directors of Residence Life, provide students with the options available to them, given their college. There are significant responsibilities that all students have when applying for housing, including active engagement in finding roommates, selecting living environments, etc. However, at no time will Housing force a transgender, genderqueer and gender nonconforming student, who has followed Housing procedures and met the above responsibilities, to have to find a comfortable, welcoming housing assignment on their own.
All Residence Life professional staff, including the Associate Deans of Students/ Directors of Resident Life and Assistant Resident Deans, have received extensive training regarding transgender, genderqueer and gender nonconforming issues. Resident Advisors/Hall Advisors (RA/HA’s) also receive training from both the LGBT Resource Center and through their own Residence Life Office.
UC San Diego continues to evolve in its opportunities for students who live on campus regarding the LGBT community. Gender Inclusive Housing, the LGBTQIA+ Theme Housing, and UC San Diego’s commitment to house transgender, genderqueer and gender nonconforming students via discussions based on individual and specific needs all have developed out of the expressed needs of students. If there are other opportunities you would like to see, or improvement to the current programs, please contact both the LGBT Resource Center and the Residence Life Office of your college. Our shared goal is to provide many opportunities to meet the needs of all UC San Diego student living on campus.
Leigh E. Fine
UCSD LGBT Resource Center
This packet of materials represents a hard summer of work as a graduate intern at the University of California, San Diego's LGBT Resource Center. I was given a charge to develop a “packet of resources” for student staff (RAs) and their supervisors to use in educating one another and residents on gender and sexual identity issues. Little did they suspect I would assemble a massive collection of materials bordering on eighty pages! Although this packet may have information specific to the UC San Diego campus, I am sure student affairs administrators from all institutions and all departments could find some use for these materials.
I definitely want to honor the method of resource sharing in student affairs – a method I employed a great deal in compiling these resources. Traditionally, those of us in student affairs have snapped up whatever resources are thrown out there with the honorable intention of educating our students – but without taking the time to give credit where credit is due. Some of the ideas and words of this packet are my own, from my own hands and head and based off of my own experience. Many of the ideas and words are not. Some have been lost through the student affairs ages, programs or handouts that have been shared since the dawn of time. Others I have adapted from previously existing materials, taking others’ brilliant ideas and honing them into something useful for student and professional staff. Some are the ideas of my brilliant colleagues at other institutions, particularly UC San Diego and the& University of Delaware, that I was able to transform into a format appropriate for this packet. Still others I flat-out copied, such as resources I found on many useful websites, and I was able to give credit where credit is due.
It is definitely not my intention to take credit for what is not mine. However, I also have the desire to provide student and professional staff with a comprehensive packet of the best resources available. I believe a “work” like this is of great importance, as it is giving those of us who facilitate student development the tools possible to educate on issues of sexual and gender identity. It is far from my attention to give offense or use someone else’s materials in an inappropriate manner. If you are the author of the works incorporated in this packet and wish to contact me about proper use, please do not hesitate to do so. At the same time, I hope we can all appreciate the collection of these integral resources and the spirit in which they have been compiled.
A few “thank yous” are also in order. I wish to thank the Russell Complex staff at the University of Delaware, particularly Sami Nassim, MorganRandles, Michael Franklin, Gordana Copic, Jared Phillips, Michele Kane, and Dr. Kathleen Kerr, whose vision I shared while serving as a Hall Director not only helped me to develop some of these very activities, but who also helped me to develop my own passion for social justice and diversity education. Finally, I wish to thank Shaun Travers and Jan Estrellado, my supervisors and my friends in my brief time here at the University of California, San Diego's LGBT Resource Center. You have inspired me and pushed me to grow by leaps and bounds in the short span of time I have worked with you. Thank you both for your constructive criticism and your constant support.
Leigh E. Fine
Summer Graduate Intern
LGBT Resource Center
University of California, San Diego