Latest college trend: Mixed-gender dorm rooms
It was only a matter of time: Males and females are sharing dorm rooms at about 50 colleges and universities around the country.
This story in the Los Angeles Times says that the practice, called gender-neutral housing, is gaining acceptance as the latest step in the evolution of dormitory living.
Single-sex dorms gave way to coed residence halls in the 1970s, though at that time the genders had their own floors. Coed hallways and bathrooms came next, and now, this.
About 50 schools allow the practice, including Stanford, Cornell, Dartmouth, Columbia, Haverford, Wesleyan, the University of Michigan, Sarah Lawrence and a number of California schools, including Pitzer and Harvey Mudd colleges, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at Riverside. Wheaton College in Massachusetts approved the practice a few months ago, according to the National Student Genderblind Campaign.
The genderblind campaign was started to help gay, bisexual and transgender students who wanted to live with a member of the opposite sex, but there are heterosexuals of both genders who share the same room now too, as platonic roommates.
The campaign’s Web site has a video showing Columbia University students on Fox News arguing in favor of the policy. At Northeastern University, senior Emilia Dunham discusses her continuing campaign there.
She tells about how, when the proposal reached the Student Government Association, “There was significant opposition from most...SGA representatives and administrators due to cultural and logistical questions.”
What do you think? What is the policy at your school, or your child’s school?
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| March 16, 2010; 9:52 AM ET
Categories: College Life | Tags: college dorm, college life
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