Gender Inclusive Housing
Gender inclusive refers to anything that is suitable for, applicable to, or common to all human beings regardless of their gender identity and includes transgender, gender-queer, intersex, and cisgender individuals. It does not exclude anyone based on gender or sex.
Gender inclusive Housing is an environment where student housing is not restricted to traditional limitations of the gender binary. This program has been launched in recognition of the fact that traditional, same-sex building assignments are not ideal or appropriate for all students.
MUM has chosen to offer gender inclusive housing because we find it important that housing policies evolve to meet the needs of students and to create an inclusive, welcoming environment.
Co-ed housing would be defined as buildings where men and woman both live together. This is not co-ed housing. Our school’s founder, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, found it important to separate the genders in order to provide optimal living spaces for personal evolution. We are not altering the intent of his recommendations, rather fastidiously implementing them in order to more inclusively recognize the needs of students of diverse identities. This dorm is intended to minimize discomforts and distractions that would be created for students to live in the current male-only and female-only living options. This housing option is not intended as co-ed housing, which by its name assumes two genders (male and female) and would not be in line with the legacy of our founder. This is not a housing option for those who only want to live in a co-ed type building.
This housing option is available to all students who consider themselves LGBTQ+ or are a straight ally. Space is limited and priority will be given to students demonstrating need over preference.
Note: Wikipedia definition of a straight ally: A straight ally or heterosexual ally is a heterosexual and cisgender person who supports equal civil rights, gender equality, LGBT social movements, and challenges homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. Despite this, some people who meet this definition do not identify themselves as straight allies. A straight ally believes that LGBT people face discrimination and thus are socially and economically disadvantaged. They aim to use their position as heterosexual or cisgender individuals in a society focused on heteronormativity to fight homophobia, biphobia and transphobia
No. You can choose where you live based on your gender identity. We suggest you talk with someone in Student Life to learn more about your housing options, although that too, is your choice.
Applying for the gender inclusive housing option is available all year, and room assignment is based on availability at the time of application. Moving to or from the Gender Inclusive housing in mid semester is bound to the same policies of moving rooms mid semester.
As with all on campus housing options, gender inclusive housing room assignments will be given for one semester at a time. This will also allow us to accommodate for incoming students entering each semester who express a need to live in the wing. For Spring semester room assignments, priority will be given to students expressing a need over preference, and to current occupants. All students will need to reapply at the start of each new school year (Fall semester), where priority will be given purely based on need over preference.
What if someone who requested to take part in gender inclusive housing decides they no longer wish to do so?
Students may request room changes by following the normal room change procedures.
We encourage students to maintain an open dialogue with their families so that they can be supportive of a student’s housing decision, but we have no requirement of parental consent for students of any age to live in gender inclusive housing.
The Genderbread Person is an infographic used as an educational tool, demonstrating the continuum that gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and sexual orientation exist on. The general idea is that each of us fall in unique places on each of these spectrums, and where we fall on some of the scales may even change over time.
For example, a heterosexual, biological female, who identifies herself as a woman, may not express her femininity as overtly from day to day. By wearing different clothing and makeup, a woman can express her gender in more and less “feminine” ways. This change in gender expression would in no way inherently reflect a change in sexual orientation, biological sex, or gender identity.
- More information on The Genderbread Person can be found by following this link.
- To connect with the LGBTQA+ community at MUM, check out their Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/fabulous.mum/?fref=ts
- To learn more about gender diversity terminology follow this link
- To see what colleges offer gender inclusive housing options visit campuspride.org
- Iowa’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization working toward full equality for LGBT individuals- http://oneiowa.org/