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Lecture: Combating Gender Exclusive Housing

Thursday, January 28, 2016
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Lecture Series continues the semester with a presentation by Megan Brannan, entitled, "Combating Gender Exclusive Housing."

Synopsis: Gender neutral or gender inclusive housing has become a hot topic in student affairs recently. In this presentation Megan will look at the history of residential campuses and their original purpose which is now informing the way they are functioning today. Next she will outline the benefits not only for the transgender and gender non-conforming students that gender inclusive housing provides, but also the benefits for all students. This presentation will look specifically at UConn’s Gender Inclusive Housing, but also schools that are offering this option across the country. Finally, Megan will wrap up by offering recommendations for all universities to create more inclusive housing for LGBTQ+ populations, and outline what viewers can do to support gender inclusive housing initiatives.

Biography: Megan Brannan is originally from Oneonta, New York, and graduated with a B.S. in Art Education from SUNY New Paltz in 2013. Post-graduation she worked as an Area Coordinator at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania. In her year at LVC Megan enjoyed working closely with the student run LGBTQIA organization Freedom Rings, as well as the Women’s Services and Gender Resource Center. Megan is now in her second and final year in the Higher Education and Student affairs Master’s Program. Megan has also served as the Graduate Assistant for the Rainbow Center for the duration of her time at UConn. Megan is the coordinator for the Rainbow Center’s FAMILEE Mentoring Program, but she also spends her time assessing programming at the center, presenting on topics surrounding gender and sexuality both on and off campus, and working closely with the Rainbow Center student staff and community.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.

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