Campus Residence Halls

Campus residence halls embody the importance of peer interactions and socialization among undergraduate students. A majority of students’ time is spent in their residences, and the volume of their interactions and experiences can have profound effects on their overall success in college. Living on campus has numerous benefits, including creating meaningful connections with staff and peers, developing autonomy and self-reliance, and increasing one’s sense of belonging. But as important as residence halls are for student success, the benefits are not shared equally and not accessible to all students. Trans students in particular must navigate institutional and interpersonal exclusion, given the cisnormative structure of most residence halls. In response, some colleges and universities are seeking to develop more trans-supportive housing practices.

Institutional and Individual Discrimination

Historically, residence halls ...

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