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Gender Inclusive Housing

Michigan Housing is committed to providing a safe, inclusive and supportive experience for all students. We offer a variety of options to ensure that Michigan Housing is a supportive space for residents of all gender identities and gender expressions. Gender Inclusive Housing provides options for graduate and undergraduate students with access to gender inclusive bathrooms.

Undergraduate Options
Graduate Options

If you’re unsure what option will work best for you, we can provide a personal and confidential assessment of the available options. Please contact gender.inclusive.housing@umich.edu to meet with a professional staff member.

Students who request gender inclusive housing will work directly with staff in Diversity and Inclusion the Housing Information Office (HIO) as the contract holder when they choose housing. A parent/guardian’s signature is only required on the housing contract for students under the age of 18.

Undergraduate Student Options

Gender Inclusive Living Experience (Gile)

Gender Inclusive Living Experience (GILE) is a community open to anyone looking for a safe, inclusive, and supportive living experience. GILE is open to students of any gender identity or gender expression, and allies who have a reflective understanding of gender and will actively contribute to an inclusive community. GILE residents live in a cluster of rooms on the same hallway and have access to single-user and multi-stall gender inclusive community bathrooms.

GILE is a partnership between Michigan Housing and the Spectrum Center. Residents can look forward to participating in programming and workshops related to LGBTQ+ identities and learning how to access resources on campus.

What is your favorite memory from your GILE Community experience so far this year?

“Within GILE, we organized a weekly Game Night! We all take one night of the week to spend time together and play games. There are snacks and it’s always a great time. It’s a lovely opportunity to take a break from our studies and be around other trans folk/allies. It’s always the high point of my weeks.”

What surprised you the most (in a positive way) about your GILE Community experience?

“I originally didn’t want to live in GILE; I just wanted a co-ed hall and access to an inclusive restroom. However, Bursley didn’t have one, so I was moved to GILE. I was surprised that I actually loved being around people who were like me. I originally didn’t want to be constantly reminded of my trans-ness, but with this group, I actually think about it less. Everyone is so accepting and aware. It’s easy to be around them. It honestly feels like a family.”

Why would you encourage other students to think about joining GILE?

“Especially for first-year students, it’s really wonderful having a family base right away. We hold each other accountable and care for each other, but we still are able to have some space when we need it. We also live just down the hall from each other, so it feels like we really are an authentic family. Cheesy, maybe — but it feels like home.”

GILE Community Guidelines

  • Respect everyone’s gender and sexuality
  • Value all social identities and how they intersect in individuals
  • Respect and use desired names and pronouns
  • Recognize that how and when someone chooses to share aspects of their identity is their choice
  • Invite others into the conversation
  • Recognize that we are all part of this community. Therefore, everyone’s voice and story has value and I will remember that their story is their truth.
  • Continually reassess how we’re supporting each other and commit to improving when possible
  • Acknowledge that confidentiality is important to create a safe space for individuals.

GILE is located in East Quadrangle. Students interested in GILE should complete the Gender Inclusive Housing Form.

Additional undergraduate options

There are various options available for students who would like a gender inclusive housing space within our communities. The majority of the communities have gender inclusive bathrooms available for residents. Rooms that are designated as gender inclusive may have residents of any gender identity or gender expression assigned to them.

Gender Inclusive Housing spaces are available within the Michigan Learning Communities and Theme Communities. Diversity and Inclusion works with all students who have gender inclusive needs to place them in a space that works for each individual.

If you are interested in being placed in a non-community based or MLC/Theme gender inclusive housing option, complete the Gender Inclusive Housing Form.

Graduate Student Options

Both Munger and Northwood have gender inclusive housing options for graduate students.

Please complete the Gender Inclusive Housing Form and a staff member will connect directly with you to explore options available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit our Knowledge Base to see our list of frequently asked questions about Gender Inclusive Housing.

Second Year Experience

The Second Year Experience (SYE) is a community focused on the unique needs and interests of second-year residents. SYE residents have the opportunity to enhance their second year at the University of Michigan attending events and engaging with resources to help them:

  • Cultivate a greater awareness of personal beliefs and values
  • Explore academic, professional and career goals
  • Enhance intercultural knowledge and competence
  • Develop a deeper understanding of personal and civic responsibility
  • Build intentional and lasting connections with others in the residential, campus, and local communities

“The Theme Community that I have been able to live in is the Second Year Experience at Stockwell Hall. I would encourage other students to think about joining the Second Year Experience because of the support that it bestows upon sophomore year students. Sophomore year is a critical time for students because they are not only beginning to take advanced classes for their major, they are also trying to figure out who they are and what they want to do with their degree, whether that is getting a job, going to a professional school or even taking a gap year. The Second Year Experience is geared towards allowing students to pursue different academic and career goals while also developing their personal beliefs. It not only allows you to focus on school, but also on issues on campus and in society today. I would encourage all students to consider joining the Second Year Experience because this community allows second-year students to foster friendships as well as offers a plethora of opportunities to grow. It definitely has done that for me, and more.”

“I was most surprised by the willingness of students living in the dorms to form new friendships. I thought that sophomores would have already established their friend groups and be reluctant to form new friends. However, residents in Stockwell are still looking to make new connections, find new dining hall buddies, study partners, and late night popcorn sharers. The social aspect of a freshman year dorm is maintained, and slightly better in the Second Year Experience! It is comforting to be around students who are experiencing the same kinds of struggles as second-year students. It makes finding resources and overcoming obstacles a little easier.”

International Impact

International Impact is designed for second-year students and above who are interested in advancing their knowledge and appreciation of our diverse, multicultural world. International Impact provides residents with the unique opportunity to build connections across disciplinary and geographical boundaries. With access to North Quad’s expansive resources, students living in International Impact are part of a vibrant environment in which formal and informal learning takes place. In this community, students have an opportunity to immerse their experiences with international perspectives and ideas.

“I’m a sophomore in the International Impact Theme Community and I can say that so far being a part of this community has been a very good experience for me. So far I would say that some of my favorite moments have been hanging out with my RA and getting to meet the other people on the floor. I feel that they’re all very nice and fun to be around. I was surprised about how much I could learn from the other people on my floor. Last year pretty much everyone on my hallway was a similar major so it was nice to get some other perspectives outside of that. I would definitely recommend joining a Theme Community to other students because it’s a great way to grow and develop as an individual as well as meet new great people.”

“What surprised me was how my personal and casual experiences had the most impact. Living in a diverse community that’s also multicultural allowed me the chance to engage with people in ways that I could not last year as a freshman in Markley, or living off-campus. Seeing people from all different backgrounds live in harmony and work together gave me peace of mind. Outside of the dorm represents reality: people of the same nationalities, races and backgrounds stick together, but in the residence hall, what we want campus life to be comes to life: people that are different mix and mingle, and enjoy being around one another without the need to retreat to a safe space for fear of judgement, being ostracized or looked at differently just for being themselves. I’m so grateful to have been placed in North Quad; life here has been a breath of fresh air, and an escape from the stresses that come from sharing space with people who don’t always want to give that space up.”

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