There are a number of opportunities for students who live on campus regarding the LGBT community, including Gender Inclusive Housing, an 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. These opportunities, along with the work of the Resident Advisors/Hall Advisors (RA/HA’s) - who also receive training from both the LGBT Resource Center and through their own Residence Life Office - provide many opportunities to meet the needs of all UC San Diego student living on campus.
Gender Inclusive Housing is available for continuing groups of undergraduate residents in all seven apartment living areas at UC San Diego. This option meets the needs of all of our continuing residents, inclusive of all genders, gender identities and expressions. It means that for continuing residents, women, men, and people of all gender identities and expressions can live together.
In January of each year, current residents should start thinking about who they might want to live with in the coming school year. Applications are typically available via the websites of each of the seven living areas listed below, beginning early February. Those who want to apply for Gender Inclusive Housing, should go to the website of living areas in which you have interest:
Gender Inclusive Housing is not a programmatic offering, but an option for living together inclusive of all genders, gender identities and expressions, and not gendered into male and female spaces. For the opportunity to live in a space that has programmatic elements regarding LGBT issues, see the information below regarding LGBTQIA Theme Housing.
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, LGBTQIA+ Theme housing was established as a pilot program, and is currently housed at Muir College. For more information about theme housing, contact the John Muir College Associate Dean of Students / Director of Residence Life, Pat Danylyshyn-Adams at email@example.com.
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 (see above) 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.