Gender-Inclusive Housing

If you’re seeking a community that builds and advocates for equity, inclusion, and acceptance, Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) is an excellent Theme Community option for you. Residents within GIH can select a space in the community without consideration of gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. GIH units can be a home for all majors and seeks to be one of the safest spaces for all identities on campus. Gender Inclusive Housing allows individuals to live together regardless ofgender assigned at birth. This housing option has been developed to better provide a supportive environment where all residents can feel safe in their housing assignments with respect to their gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. Offering Gender Inclusive Housing is supportive of creating a more inclusive campus climate and community.

What is Gender Inclusive Housing?

Gender Inclusive Housing is an environment where student housing is not restricted to traditional limitations of the gender binary (male/female). Instead, Gender-Inclusive Housing is based on the notion that more than two genders exist. Gender Inclusive Housing means that students from all gender identities and expressions may choose to live together.

Who can participate in Gender Inclusive Housing?

This option is available for new or continuing students. Students who believe that this housing option will best support their personal needs as they further their education at Eastern Arizona College may contact the Residence Life Office to discuss what options are available.

What if parents/legal guardians do not want their student to live in a Gender-Inclusive Housing suite?

We encourage all students to maintain an open dialogue with their families regarding housing decisions, however, students over the age of 18 are legally able to make decisions about their housing agreements without parental consent.

Can people who are romantically involved live together?

Gender Inclusive Housing is not intended for romantic couples. As a general rule, we would strongly advise against doing so.  We respect and honor the privacy of our students while realizing that there is no true way to determine if this is the intent when applying. However, please note that the Residence Life Office strongly encourages students to reconsider living with a person with whom they are romantically involved, regardless of whether it is a same-sex or different-sex relationship. Some relationships are ready for this step while others are not, and there can be serious challenges for both students should the relationship end.

How do I apply?

Fill out and submit the GIH Form
Complete the Online Housing Application
Meet with a Residence Life professional to discuss the final steps and confirm the application.

Frequently Asked Questions or Concerns

Who is eligible to live here?

Anyone who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Can allies of LGBTQ+ students live here?

Only if availability permits and the student ally and the LGBTQ+ student are requesting each other as roommates.

I’m worried about being targeted, is this truly a safe place for LGBTQ+students to live?

Just like the rest of our on-campus student housing, the GIH units are very safe. We promote acceptance and diversity throughout our residence halls and take any form of bullying or targeting very seriously. RAs & RDs are trained to support, accept, care for, and look out for any and all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender identity. The Residence Life Office will not tolerate hazing, bullying, or other discriminatory actions/behavior of any kind.

Can I request roommates?

Yes, you may request to be roommates with other LGBTQ+ students or Allies.

What if I don’t know anyone who is applying? Can I still apply?

Yes! We welcome you with open arms to live with and make new friends!

What if I am not out to my family or friends? Will they have to know that I applied to live in GIH?

The application process is 100% confidential. The only people who know will be Residence Life staff who are required to maintain confidentiality about all student records, room placements, and roommate information.

Can cisgender people live in GIH?

Yes! Anyone who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community is welcome in GIH. Allies can live in GIH as space allows.

How can I know I won’t be put with a homophobic roommate?

These rooms are reserved for the purpose of GIH and are not accessible to the public in the online housing application. We will also never fill empty GIH rooms by placing students who applied for general housing in a GIH room. We will only place students in GIH who complete the separate application and who qualify for this housing option.