Student Housing recognizes that finding appropriate housing accommodations can be of great concern to transgender, gender queer and gender-nonconforming students and have set up processes to make finding comfortable housing as easy as possible.
Student Housing offers a variety of options for LGBTQIA students, who are welcome to request any option as long as they meet housing deadlines and requirements. First-year student options include an LGBTQIA theme community known as The Rainbow Community, any of our other living-learning communities or any non-specialized housing communities. LGBTQIA families are welcome in our family housing areas, and transfer students are welcome in all of our student apartments and any residence hall options offered to transfer students. UC Davis Student Housing is committed to accommodating transgender, genderqueer and gender-nonconforming student housing needs, and as such, gender-inclusive rooms and bathrooms are located throughout our facilities. Student Housing welcomes discussion with students so that we can meet individual and specific needs if any assistance is required.
Gender-Inclusive Housing for First-Year Students
Student Housing is committed to helping all students find a comfortable living environment. In support of transgender, genderqueer and gender-nonconforming students, all residential areas offer gender-inclusive bathrooms as well as gender-inclusive rooms. All students are welcome to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity. Likewise, students are welcome to live in a room that matches their gender identity.
Additionally, transgender, genderqueer and gender-nonconforming students may engage in an interactive process with Student Housing’s accommodations specialist to find a space that best meets their needs. If two students opt to live together, regardless of gender differences, we will honor that request through our gender-inclusive spaces. In order to provide support for the needs of transgender, genderqueer and gender nonconforming students, Student Housing welcomes potential and current residents to contact the accommodations specialist at SpecialAccom@ucdavis.edu.
While UC Davis strives to make the campus a safe and supportive home for every person in our community, we recognize that there are unique needs and challenges facing the LGBTQIA community. In order to provide intentional support, The Rainbow Community was established over 10 years ago and is currently housed in the Cuarto area.
We encourage students who identify as strong allies of the LGBTQIA community to note this in the Special Considerations section of their applications to assist the accommodations specialist with roommate matches.
Gender-Inclusive Housing for Transfer Students
Typically, our transfer-student population is offered housing within our Student Housing Apartment communities. Many are single-room options, but there are also double-room options available. Bathrooms within the apartments accommodate one student at a time and are thus gender inclusive by design. Students are welcome to live in a room that matches their gender identity. Additionally, transgender, genderqueer and gender-nonconforming students may engage in an interactive process with Student Housing’s accommodations specialist to find a space that best meets their needs. If two students opt to live together, regardless of gender differences, we will honor that request through our gender-inclusive spaces. In order to provide support for the needs of transgender, genderqueer and gender-nonconforming students, Student Housing welcomes potential and current residents to contact the accommodations specialist at SpecialAccom@ucdavis.edu.
Housing Accommodations Through the Accommodations Specialist
Transgender, genderqueer and gender-nonconforming students are valued members of the on-campus living community at UC Davis. UC Davis offers a variety of housing options for students, including room configurations that are designated as male, female and gender inclusive. Additionally, the Student Housing office has an interactive process in place to assist transgender, genderqueer and gender-nonconforming students if needed; students may contact the accommodations specialist before coming to UC Davis. In meeting the needs of the incoming student, UC Davis will recognize and respect the gender identity the student has established with Student Housing. Staff will not ask for any more information than is required to meet the student’s housing needs, and all disclosed information will be kept private.
The accommodations specialist will, through conversation and specific knowledge regarding the living environments within Student Housing and in coordination with the assistant directors of Residential Education, provide students with all options available to them. There are significant responsibilities that all students have when applying for housing, including active engagement in finding roommates, selecting living environments, etc. However, at no time will a transgender, genderqueer or gender-nonconforming student who has followed all Student Housing procedures and met the above responsibilities be forced to find a comfortable, welcoming housing assignment on their own.
All Residential Education professional staff, including assistant directors, residential education coordinators, conduct coordinators and resident directors, have received extensive training regarding transgender, genderqueer and gender-nonconforming issues. Resident advisors (RAs) and senior resident advisors (SRAs) also receive training from both the LGBTQIA Resource Center and through the Residential Education office.
UC Davis continues to evolve and grow, and we welcome discussions based on individual needs. Please feel free to send any suggestions on how we can improve to better meet the needs of transgender, genderqueer, and gender-nonconforming students. Our goal is to provide many opportunities to meet the needs of all UC Davis students living on campus.