Gender Inclusive Housing

Berea College has been committed to ensuring the safety and the well-being of all students by providing inclusive and supporting environments. From its inception, Berea College has admitted women and men, and has been committed to acknowledging that all are capable of learning with and from each other. As we continue discussions in the 21st Century context about gender and non-binary identities, we welcome “all peoples of the earth” to join in our great mission, and work to create a home where all feel safe. Berea College’s Sixth Great Commitment reflects this mission.

Gender Inclusive Housing is an inclusive, voluntary environment where students who identify as transgender, non-binary, gender nonconforming, or allies to those communities can live in the same room with other students who identify as a member or ally to the transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming communities. Students who live in this community will be expected to contribute positively to the community by offering support and encouragement for the living environment, respecting suite members’ different motivations for choosing this living option, embracing and learning from experiences different from one’s own, actively participate in community events, and abiding by all regulations as outlined in the Student Handbook and the Residential Living Guide.

Upper-class Gender Inclusive Housing is located in Kettering resident hall in the Fall, which is a suite-style living community. The two suites that makeup Gender Inclusive Housing can house 12 residents in each suite. There is also a common area with a lounge and a kitchenette. Gender Inclusive Housing will be located in Danforth Residence Hall starting in Spring 2020. Those interested in upper-class Gender Inclusive Housing may apply by a special application that opens in the spring semester.

This housing initiative is now also available for first-year students. First-year Gender Inclusive Housing is located in Kentucky-Talcott Residence hall. Kentucky-Talcott are two  residence halls that share a residence hall. Each wing can house 14 residents. Each wing will have a communal restroom and common area. Those interested in first-year Gender Inclusive Housing should contact Housing@berea.edu

LGBTQ-specific programs are hosted on a regular basis for both upper-class and first-year residents, and hall staff accept recommended program ideas from Gender Inclusive Housing residents. Such programs held in the past include, but are not limited to: Terminology Bingo, Coming Out Day pins, Movie Nights, World AIDS Day Fashion Show, etc.

If you have any questions regarding Gender Inclusive Housing, please contact housing@berea.edu