Trans* Policies and Experience in Housing and Residence Life

Foreword by Kathleen G. Kerr
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Series: An ACPA Co-Publication
What are the institutional politics associated with fostering trans* inclusive policies? When formalizing a policy, what unanticipated challenges may emerge? How are students, particularly trans* students, influenced by the implementation of gender-inclusive housing practices and policies? Also, what are campus administrators and practitioners learning from their involvement with the development of trans* work on campus?

Housing and Residence Life (HRL) plays an important role in the safety, well-being, and sense of belonging for college students, but gender-inclusive policies and practices in HRL are largely under-explored in student affairs and higher education publications.

There are five key objectives that guide this book:
1. To promote and challenge student affairs and higher education staff knowledge about trans* students’ identities and experiences;
2. To support and celebrate the accomplishments of educators and professionals in their strides to promote trans* inclusive policies and practices;
3. To highlight the unique role that housing and residence life plays in creating institutional change and serving trans* student populations;
4. To demonstrate the value and use of scholarly personal narratives, particularly for narrating experiences related to implementing trans* inclusive policies in housing and residence life; and
5. To create a strong partnership between scholarship and student affairs practice by developing an avenue for practitioner-scholars to publish their experiences related to gender-inclusive policies in housing and residence life and for others to use these stories to improve their practice.

Administrators, educators, and student affairs staff will find this book useful at any stage in the process of creating gender- inclusive housing policies on their campuses.

Table of Contents:
Foreword—Kathleen G. Kerr
Preface—Jason C. Garvey
Introduction—Stephanie H. Chang and Craig Leets

Part I: Initiatives Through Student Organizing and Activism
1) Walking the Talk: Managing Institutional Culture to Put Values into Action—Bridget Le Loup Collier, Ellen O'Brien, Jennifer Tani, Bob Brophy, Brenden Paradies, and Brandon Rohlwing
2) Student Advocacy, Campus Consensus, & Evaluation: Introducing Trans* Inclusive Housing Policies—Seth Weinshel, Andrew Sonn, Robert Snyder, Timothy Kane, Kristen Franklin, and Chantal Champaloux
3) Beyond Coeducation: The Politics and Representation of Gender—Adrian Bautista, Rebecca Mosely, and Maura Sternberg
4) Gender Inclusive Housing Inside and Outside of an LGBTQ Residential Living Community—James C. Smith and Nancy Jean Tubbs
5) Redefining Community through Collaboration: Defining Gender Neutral Housing for a Four-Year Residential Liberal Arts College—Brian J. Patchcoski and Angie Harris
6) Our House: Our Gender Focused Learning Community—Andrew John Erdmann and Jon Tingley

Part II: Initiatives Through Staff and Administration
7) Three Student Affairs Professionals’ Stories: The Journey to Gender Inclusive Housing—Deborah Grandner, Erin Iverson, and Amy Martin
8) Supporting All Students with Open Gender Housing Options—Chris Moody, Sara Bendoraitis, Matt Bruno, and Ryan Anderson
9) Transforming the Trans Housing Process: A Tailored Approach to Trans Housing—Luca Maurer and Bonnie Solt Prunty
10) The University of Arizona: Our Journey towards Justice—Jennifer Hoefle-Olson and Hannah Lozon
11) Why We Can't Wait: Gender Inclusive Residence Hall Spaces—Chicora Martin, Lori Lander, and Maure Smith-Benanti

Epilogue: When Policies Are Not Enough—Z Nicolazzo

Reviews & Endorsements:
“Cultural change does not happen suddenly and completely. Instead, within our sphere of influence, we must remove those structural artifacts that support a gender binary and are not gender inclusive. Our students deserve all of our focus and energy to dismantle those artifacts, piece by piece. Making sure every student has a residence hall ‘home’ to return to at the end of the day is the least we can do. This book gives us the tools needed to accomplish that.”
- Kathleen G. Kerr, Associate Vice President for Student Life and Executive Director of Residence Life & Housing at the University of Delaware