Purpose of Gender Inclusive Housing:
Housing & Residence Life works to provide a safe, inclusive, comfortable and supportive living experience for all students living in Grand Valley State University's living centers and apartments. Gender Inclusive Housing is open to all students whose needs are not met by our traditional housing options and supports the University's non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Gender Inclusive Housing is defined as a housing option in which two or more students may share a multiple-occupancy apartment regardless of the students' sex or gender.
Housing Request Process:
If you are interested in a gender-inclusive room or apartment space, a student must fill out a request form indicating why their needs are not being met by our traditional housing options and request which options may be suitable for a better, more inclusive learning environment. Once the request is received, a committee (comprised of representatives from faculty, athletics, LGBT Center staff & housing staff) will meet to determine the best option for success for the student. Gender Inclusive Housing assignments vary based on student needs, application date, and availability. As with all living centers, students who would like to live in Gender Inclusive Housing are encouraged to request roommates and apply early.
Note: Students will be notified within 2 weeks of when a request is submitted. The more information that is provided in the request, the faster and more efficient the committee can make a decision.
If you have any questions about this process or would like to discuss your interest or preferences, please contact Carrie Simmons in the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center (616.331.2530) or Dena Willis in Housing and Residence Life (616.331.2120).