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Outcomes for trans students living in open housing

dc.contributor.authorWilson, Haley Lynette, author
dc.contributor.authorMiller, Lisa, advisor
dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Jen, advisor
dc.contributor.authorHudgens, Anne, committee member
dc.contributor.authorRichards, Tracy, committee member
dc.description.abstractTrans students have significantly varied campus climate experiences compared to cisgender heterosexual peers (Dugan, Kusel, & Simounet, 2012). This study focuses on the function of Open Housing, a gender non-specific housing option for trans individuals, on perceived outcomes. Residents of open housing participated in a brief demographic and satisfaction survey (N=10), and an interview regarding community outcomes (N=3). The participants were coded into LGBTQ+ and non-LGBTQ+ to determine identity-specific results. The data revealed a high population of first-generation students, transfer students, non-traditional students, and students with disabilities. Free response survey answers and interviews described five key themes including: (1) Community, (2) Relation to Others – interpersonal skill building and multicultural awareness, (3) Environment, (4) Self Development – identity awareness and positive self-regard, and (5) Authenticity. Responses indicate a lack of choice for trans students in choosing safety and validation of living in this Residential Learning Community, over other residential options. Participants demonstrated significant positive interpersonal and intrapersonal outcomes, and subsequent protective factors from living in the community, although causal or within-group analysis continues to be an opportunity for future research.
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dc.publisherColorado State University. Libraries
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dc.subjectresidential learning community
dc.subjectresidence life
dc.subjectgender open housing
dc.subjectstudent affairs
dc.titleOutcomes for trans students living in open housing
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