University Housing and Residential Life is now offering a new option for on-campus living.
Gender inclusive housing will allow students of any gender to live together regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or biological sex. Housing options for freshmen will be offered in 1940 and White Hall and for returning and graduate students it will be offered in Morgan Hall North, Temple Towers and the Podiatry Campus.
University Housing and Residential Life has reserved 48 beds for the first year of this new program, so space is limited. They will be handling freshmen requests on a case-by-case basis to help assess the needs of these new students and to make sure they are receiving a spot in this limited space.
Many student organizations including Temple Student Government, Queer Student Union, Queer People of Color, STAR and the Residence Hall Association have been working with University Housing and Residential Life for close to six years to create this program.
Director of Residential Life Kevin Williams believes this is a big step in the right direction for Temple’s diverse community: “This allows a variety of students to live on-campus without needing to disclose what their needs are. So I think it’s really a great thing for Temple and for a campus that continues to talk about it’s diversity I think this really puts us where we want to be in that area.”
Temple now joins Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania as the only schools in Philadelphia who offer this type of housing, along with 200 plus other schools in the country.