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Housing


Tulane's Office of Housing and Residence Life (HRL) is dedicated to providing safe and comfortable living environments for all students in all of the residence halls.  However, two spaces have been specifically designed to foster community amongst LGBTIQA-identified students and their allies: the Multicultural & Inclusivity Living Learning Community (an entire floor in Mayer Residence Hall) and our Gender-Inclusive Housing (shared rooms and suites located throughout campus). 

Multicultural & Inclusivity Living Learning Community

As a residential community within the housing system, the Multicultural & Inclusivity Living Learning (MILL) Community is designed to offer students the experience of living in an inclusive, diverse, dynamic, and close-knit community and opportunities to grow as agents of social change.  MILL is a socially just living and learning community based on mutual respect, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, sex, age, class, sexual orientation, religious preference, ability/disability and/or international status.  Each member of this community is valued for their unique backgrounds, life experiences, and complex social identities.  At the crossroads of diverse cultures, residents have the opportunity to learn about themselves and their peers in an atmosphere of respect and appreciation.  Additionally, students develop unique knowledge bases, consciousness, and skills that enable them to effectively participate and take leadership roles in a globalizing and diverse world.  MILL is located in the Mayer Residence Hall—at the very heart of campus across from the LBC student center.

Gender-Inclusive Housing (GIH)

As part of Housing &Residential Life’s (HRL) commitment to meeting the diverse needs of students, Gender-Inclusive Housing (GIH) is now available to students during the room selection process and will be offered throughout campus. 

GIH environments are designated as comfortable living spaces for students who identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary, gender questioning, lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, queer, and allies.  GIH allows undergraduate students of any gender the option of living with other students regardless of their gender. As an opt-in policy, GIH is voluntary and no student will be assigned to GIH unless it is requested.

GIH promotes self-determination by allowing students the choice to make decisions regarding their own needs. Options include both single and double bedrooms and will include a range of prices.  Students have the option to either pull in an eligible roommate to fill the suite, or select a single space within an apartment/suite. If the student does not select a roommate, the space will remain available during the GIH Selection period to be filled by another student who is also interested in living in GIH.

Gender-Inclusive Housing Commonly Asked Questions

What is Gender-Inclusive Housing?

Gender-Inclusive Housing (GIH) is a housing policy that allows undergraduate students of any gender the option of living with other students regardless of their gender.  While all housing on campus is expected to be free of bias and discrimination, GIH is designated as a particularly comfortable home on campus for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning and their allies (LGBTIQA).  GIH promotes self-determination by allowing students the choice to make decisions regarding their own needs.  As an opt-in policy, GIH is voluntary and no student will be assigned to GIH unless it is requested.

Why did Tulane University implement a Gender-Inclusive Housing option?

We believe it is important that housing policies evolve to meet the needs of a diverse student body and seek to create an inclusive, welcoming environment that aligns with the University’s most recent anti-discrimination policy and Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Initiative.

Who will be able to live in a Gender-Inclusive Housing room?

Gender-inclusive housing is now available to all students during the room selection process. 

Will you allow people who are romantically involved to live together?

As is the case with sex-segregated housing, the GIH option is not intended nor recommended for romantic/sexual couples.  HRL discourages students of any gender from living in housing units with students with whom they have a romantic/sexual relationship. 

What if someone who requested a Gender-Inclusive Housing room decides they no longer want to live in that room?

Students may request room changes by visiting the Housing Residence Life (HRL) office in Irby and completing a request form. The student will not be required to move into another GIH room unless they wish.

How many Gender-Inclusive Housing rooms are available and where will they be?

There is no specific number, or limit, of GIH rooms on campus. GIH will exist across the campus.  Our priority is to meet the individual needs of our diverse student community.

What is the cost of Gender-Inclusive Housing?

There are no additional costs for GIH rooms.Gender-Inclusive Housing will be offered throughout campus and options include both single and double bedrooms and will include a range of prices. 

Housing Problems

If you experience a problem with your living situation that you believe is a result of your sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, immediately talk to your resident advisor, area director, or another staff member.  We ask that you also report bias-related incidents(confidentially, if you choose) to the Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) and to the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD). To submit an online report of an incident of bias, misconduct, or discrimination, please click here.  If you would like it to remain confidential, please leave out identifying information. However, the more information we have the more we are capable of addressing it.

Contacts for Housing and Residence Life Issues

Kim Montague
Director of Housing
Email: kmontagu@tulane.edu
Phone: 504-247-1537

Red Vaughan Tremmel, Ph.D.
Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity
Director of the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity
Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies
Lavin-Bernick Center (LBC) Suite G04.
Email:  rtremmel@tulane.edu
Phone:  504-314-2183

Division of Student Affairs, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-314-2188 studnaff@tulane.edu