WHAT IS GENDER INCLUSIVE HOUSING?
The Department of Residence and Iowa State University are committed to providing welcoming and inclusive living and learning environments. Gender-inclusive housing is an on-campus residence option that gives students of all genders and gender expressions the opportunity to live together.
Freeman Hall is designated as gender inclusive housing (GIH). It is designed to provide a supportive and educational housing option for transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse individuals and welcomes cisgender allies who are interested in the mission and vision of GIH. GIH facilities, room assignments, and programming honor gender diversity and community standards are set so that GIH residents can live their commitment to a gender-expansive experience. Programming/education in GIH will also include a range of topics important to the LGBTQIA+ community, so all people who hold diverse gender, sexual, and relationship identities may find GIH of interest to them.
WHERE IS GENDER-INCLUSIVE HOUSING LOCATED?
Gender-inclusive housing is located throughout all of Freeman Hall, on the east side of campus. Freeman Hall consists of four floors devoted entirely to gender inclusive housing.
Other housing options are available in other areas of campus and you can view a full list here.
WILL IT COST ME MORE TO LIVE IN GENDER INCLUSIVE HOUSING?
No, the cost to live on campus is determined based on hall and room type. For more information on current rates and room types, please visit the Freeman Hall webpage.
AM I ELIGIBLE FOR GENDER-INCLUSIVE HOUSING?
Only you can determine if gender-inclusive housing is a good fit for you. Gender inclusive housing is available for any student who embraces the purpose of GIH (see “WHAT IS GENDER INCLUSIVE HOUSING?” above). You must opt in to gender-inclusive housing in your housing contract through the housing portal to be placed in Freeman. Students who do not will receive housing placements elsewhere.
WHO WILL BE MY ROOMMATE?
You will be asked for information and roommate preferences in your application that will be used to make your assignment. Once a student opts in to gender-inclusive housing, the student will be assigned based on the criteria in the housing application. Already have a roommate in mind, make sure to request each other on your housing application.
CAN I LIVE WITH MY PARTNER?
Gender-inclusive housing is not intended for romantic partners. Gender-inclusive housing is intended for students who have a genuine desire to create a community that is inclusive and affirming, where respect for personal, residential, and academic values and individual identities is valued. Gender-inclusive housing provides space for students in need of a more expansive housing option that removes gender restrictions.
WHO AM I REQUIRED TO TELL ABOUT OPTING IN TO GENDER INCLUSIVE HOUSING?
Once you opt in to gender-inclusive housing, you are not required to share that information with anyone. We encourage you to maintain an open dialogue with your family about your housing decisions but if you are over 18, you are legally able to make decisions about housing contracts without parental consent.
WHo do I Contact if I have questions that aren’t answered here?
For questions related to gender-inclusive housing, please contact the Department of Residence at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-294-2900.