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Gender Inclusive Housing

A page within Residence Life

At the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, we want to create and promote inclusive communities where people of all identities are respected. Our department’s values include empowering, supporting, and valuing personal identity exploration and expression. Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) allows students to select their preferred roommate regardless of their gender identity, gender expression, or biological sex. Please take a look at our FAQ to learn more about GIH at UWL.

What is GIH?

GIH accommodations create a supportive environment where students can live in the same room or apartment with any other student, regardless of sex or gender identity or gender expression. We have Gender Inclusive Housing Communities available in Reuter Hall 3rd floor.  In order for residents to live in GIH, all roommates must agree to participate in GIH as part of the housing application.

What are the qualifications for GIH? How do I sign up?

Gender Inclusive Housing is open to all residents. Students can indicate interest in the option through their housing application.

If you have questions about GIH, email the Office of Residence Life or call 608.785.8075.

You are also encouraged to connect with Will Van Roosenbeek, Director of LGBTQ Services and Programs to discuss your housing needs. Will can assist in finding roommates as well as work with Residence Life to find the best housing situation for you.

How do I find roommates for GIH?

If you have listed Gender Inclusive Housing as a preference on your housing application, when you search for a roommate, you will only see others who have indicated interest in GIH.

If a parent or guardian does not want the student in GIH, can the parent have them moved?

The practice at UWL is to have students complete the housing application and list their community preferences.  These preferences will be utilized in making room assignments.  We encourage parents and guardians to communicate with their student about this process.

What about bathroom and shower privacy?

In the Reuter Hall apartment, the restroom, toilet, shower, and mirror/sink area is separated by a lockable door to ensure privacy.