Coming Out on Campus

Life changes can sometimes feel a bit scary, and the transition to life at the University is no exception. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQA+) students may have questions about on-campus housing at UNH.

Gender, Identity & Expression

The Housing and Residential Life staff at The University of New Hampshire are committed to working with all students to meet their housing needs in a nurturing community that values diversity and promotes dignity of all people.

It is our sincere desire to have a comfortable and welcoming living situation for all of our students. Recognizing that students are not all alike, we will try to assist each student individually who expresses a desire or need, given the factors that are within our control, as we strive to respect the gender identity that you establish within University housing.

If at any time you would like to discuss on-campus living issues related to gender identity/expression, the following professional staff may be helpful and we encourage you to contact them.

Lu Ferrell
Associate Director and Coordinator of LGBTQA+ Initiatives
The Beauregard Center
(603) 862-5053
lu.ferrell@unh.edu

James McKane
Assistant Director of Housing for Occupancy and Assignments
Department of Housing
(603) 862-2120
james.mckane@unh.edu

University of New Hampshire rules and policies protect students, faculty and staff from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, veteran's status, or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its program or activities.

The Department of Residential Life is committed to creating communities that are inclusive and supportive of LGBTQA+ students. We hire staff who are inclusive, we offer programs that are educational and that celebrate diversity, and we have a protocol in place to address prejudice incidents in the halls.

Each residence hall has a full-time Hall Director who lives in the building and is responsible for making the hall a vibrant, respectful, educational community. We also provide extensive diversity training to our Resident Assistants. We educate residents about a variety of topics and diversity is high on our list of priorities. Our goal is to encourage students to explore and celebrate diversity. Our staff aggressively confronts anti-gay sentiments in our halls. We simply won’t tolerate this type of behavior whether it is written or verbal. We realize we can’t necessarily change people’s beliefs, however, any acts of prejudice directed at under-represented groups in our community will not be tolerated.

More Information:

Lu Ferrell, Associate Director of  the Beauregard Center and Coordinator of LGBTQA+ Initiatives

James McKane, Assistant Director of Housing for Occupancy and Assignment

With few exceptions, UNH students, including first-year students, can preference to live anywhere they like on campus! Explore our wide variety of housing options and learn about the different communities here. Gender Inclusive Housing communities are available in Alexander Hall and Devine Hall. Please visit this page to learn more about how first-year students can indicate an interest in Gender Inclusive Housing and where all of our Gender Inclusive bathrooms are located in our halls. Returning students self-select housing for the following academic year and can assign themselves with roommates regardless of biological sex, gender, or gender identity. Students wishing to have a gender-inclusive assignment in a residence hall or apartment outside of the designated Gender Inclusive communities may contact james.mckane@unh.edu to make that request and discuss options.

First year students will complete their housing application online, noting their housing preferences. Roommate matching occurs randomly through our assignments system based on individuals’ answers to our values-based questions. Roommates are paired by gender. However, there will be a section on the application (page 4) asking for you to identify if you wish to be assigned with a roommate whose gender may not match your own, if that is most comfortable and appropriate for you based on your identity.  Students are also invited to note if they are an LGBTQA+ Ally. UNH Housing will take care to assign all students who note interest in Gender Inclusive Housing. Many successful roommate matches and friendships have been born this way. Residential Life has an inclusive and devoted staff of Hall Directors and Resident Assistants to help mediate in instances of roommate conflicts.

Housing and Residential Life are committed to ensuring that UNH’s residential communities are a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students to discover, learn and grow. Our staffs are here to promote the academic and personal success of all our students. Whether you are an ally, an out student, or someone who is not out, these are some resources here for you at UNH: The Beauregard CenterUNH Alliance Website. Visit the UNH Safe Zones - Transgender/Gender Identity Resource Page for additional information, health education, support groups, and news.

You may indicate a preferred first name that will appear in internal documents to UNH. Please visit the Registrar's Preferred First Name Change site to make this request and see the places where preferred first name will automatically change within UNH's systems.