In 2014, President Nathan Hatch established the President’s Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, charged with evaluating the status of campus life, climate, and equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning members of the Wake Forest community. The recommendations in their final report have been included in the Campus Climate Implementation Team.
Recommendation: Add and identify gender-neutral facilities
Wake Forest expanded the number of all-gender restrooms in several buildings across campus and a directory is available on the human resource website. The University will also provide will provide some gender-neutral housing options for all students who choose to live in mixed sex living units. These living units may be apartments, suites, houses, or rooms in areas of residence halls with private bathrooms (toilet and shower areas). During the process, students will be asked to complete an interest form. Students who request gender-neutral housing will then be contacted by a Residence Life and Housing staff member to discuss the best way to accommodate their housing needs, based on a student’s assigned room selection log-in time. No student will be asked to disclose their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Gender-neutral housing is not intended for students in a romantic relationship. Upon placement, students agree to the room assignment for the academic year with no option for room changes. Additionally, RL&H may consolidate students in gender-neutral housing if the students cannot pull-in a roommate and no other student is requesting gender-neutral housing at the time.
For more information
Dr. Angela Mazaris
Director of the LGBTQ Center