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To: President Michael M. Crow

Urgent Gender Inclusive Housing Reform at ASU

Urgent Gender Inclusive Housing Reform at ASU

To release an action plan to address the issues with the GIH process before the next session of housing renewal that integrates LGBTQ+ student leaders in the planning process.
To integrate the Gender Inclusive Housing option into the main ASU housing process including a roommate selection portal.
To assign specific housing representatives to concerns with the Gender Inclusive Housing process.
To publicly release data on the approval rate for Gender Inclusive Housing requests.

Why is this important?

The ASU Rainbow Coalition and Barrett LGBTQ+ Club are formally reaching out to the ASU administration to request an action plan to reform gender inclusive student housing at ASU. Student leaders from individual RainCo-affiliated organizations have been in contact with USG since the Spring semester and earlier in an attempt to address these issues, but despite many assurances that housing reform is underway, no real progress has been made and it is clear to us that our concerns are being continually ignored.

For transgender and queer students, housing with students of the same gender assigned at birth can put our health and safety at risk. For this reason, ASU has provided the option for students to apply for “Gender Inclusive Housing” which gives students more options. However, Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) is not a legitimate option for students because of unacceptable issues with the application process that render it almost completely dysfunctional––issues we have brought up repeatedly with the administration but have not been taken seriously.

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Reasons for signing

  • Housing should be just as easy to access for trans students as it is for cis ones, especially considering how vital it is for many of us to escape living at home with unaccepting family.
  • I was a CA (ASU version of an RA) and they do very little to support students and even student staff who do the grunt work
  • I have friends who struggled with this system, never receiving confirmation or an ideal living space. The safety of LGBTQ students should not be locked behind confusing paperwork and weeks of uncertainty!

Updates

2020-09-22 15:38:14 -0400

500 signatures reached

2020-09-20 23:14:20 -0400

100 signatures reached

2020-09-20 21:24:52 -0400

50 signatures reached

2020-09-20 20:59:00 -0400

25 signatures reached

2020-09-20 20:27:19 -0400

10 signatures reached