Housing changes proposed

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may change its housing policies. On the table is a proposal to give men and women the chance to share rooms and apartments at the schools residence halls.

The Daily Tar Heel reported that Kevin Claybren, a sophomore, “began researching this housing option for a class project last spring — said the option would create a more inclusive and compatible environment on campus, especially for gay students.” It would discourage harassment between opposite sex roommates. He thinks that gender-neutral housing would be more comfortable as an option.

Claybren has sought the counsel of Terri Phoenix, who serves as director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Center, on how best to devise the option.

Duke University already has one of these programs in place, with the pilot program beginning this fall. It was passed in October 2010.

Webinar scheduled

CHARLOTTE — Campus Pride will hold a webinar on Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. on religious-based bigotry on campuses.

It will be moderated by the group’s director Shane Windmeyer with guest presenter Warren Blumenfield, an associate profession in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Iowa State University.

Discussion will revolve around policies and official statements of some religious denominations related to LGBT people, in addition to other related topics.

Cost is $95 per site and includes a web recording of the dialogue.

To register, visit campuspride.org/webinarseries.asp.


Lainey Millen

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