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Gender Inclusive Housing for First Year Students

Gender Inclusive Housing is a housing community where people can come together to create a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community. Residents are responsible for upholding the community standards created among peers. The Department of Residential Education and Housing values diversity and inclusion. As such, the department is committed to providing gender-inclusive housing options that accommodate individuals of all gender identities and expressions.

Our gender-inclusive housing options promotes an environment of inclusivity, where all individuals can feel comfortable and safe. We respect and support the unique needs of each community member and are committed to providing housing that meets those needs. We strive to create a sense of community within our gender-inclusive housing options, where residents can connect with others who share similar experiences and identities through safe space training, identity focused community events, and monthly meetings.

We are dedicated to providing educational opportunities that promote understanding and acceptance of all gender identities and expressions. We believe that by fostering an inclusive living environment, we can create a campus culture that celebrates diversity and promotes the personal growth and development of all of our residents.

Provided there is enough interest, an entire floor of a first year residence hall will be designated as GIH.  Students will be housed in double rooms (with students of any gender identity or assigned sex) and will have access to gender neutral communal bathrooms (where students of any sex or gender identity/expression may use that bathroom).

Students 18 years of age and older are permitted to make independent housing decisions at The College of New Jersey.  However, we recommend that all students interested in GIH discuss this housing option with their families.  Students under 18 at the time of move in will be required to obtain parental consent.

Through the creation of GIH, we hope to make TCNJ a more welcoming place for all students while encouraging participating students to consider such topics as identity, personal development and social presentation. It is our goal to use GIH as a way to bring together TCNJ’s diverse community and promote growth among the many who call TCNJ home.