Prospective Student Information
Washington State University is consistently ranked among the top universities for LGBT students!
Campus Pride named Washington State University in its 2016 list of Top 30 LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges and Universities.
College Choice named Washington State University in its 2017 list of 50 Best Colleges for LGBTQ Students.
To get connected with any of these groups, please email us at GIESORC@wsu.edu and the Director will get you connected!
Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA)- GSA is a part of the larger Associated Students of Washington State University. GSA exists to offer support, build friendships, and educate the WSU community on LGBTQIA+ issues. GSA fosters support, community, and awareness for gender and sexually diverse persons as well as allies! Any one can join without the fear of being pressured to identify. This is an organization that advocates for and promotes the rights of the gender and sexually diverse students of WSU, and anyone can and is encouraged to participate!
WSU Queer People of Color and Allies (QPOCA)- WSU Queer People of Color and Allies (QPOCA) is a safe space for WSU students, staff, faculty, and community members to discuss the issues Queer People of Color encounter at WSU and in the greater community. As a collective, we strive to educate WSU and the greater community about the multiple ways they can support Queer People of Color.
Queer Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Diversity Group (QSTEM)- This group is primarily for members of the LGBTQ+ community who are pursuing a degree in the STEM field as a place to study and facilitate discussion about issues within the STEM field, though they welcome anyone in the community!
Gender Inclusive Housing
Washington State University is committed to providing a safe, inclusive and supportive experience for all students. Washington State University offers a gender inclusive floor within the McCroskey Residence Hall. Gender Inclusive Housing is open to all students.
Gender Inclusive housing works to provide a safe, affirming and inclusive residential living option for students of the following identities and lived experiences:
- Gender queer students
- Students who are currently transitioning from one gender to another (i.e transitioning from male to female or female to male)
- Students who do not confirm to society’s expectations to their assigned gender at birth
- Students who do not wish to be identified by any sex or gender identity
- Students who are in the process of discovering their gender identity
- Students who appreciate and respect people with the above identities and lived experiences, and who would prefer to live in a community comprised of such
The Gender Inclusive community within McCroskey Resident Hall is composed of these qualities:
- Students living in the gender inclusive floor may share a room with students of any gender, gender identity, gender expression or sex.
- There are no dedicated male or female bathrooms on the gender inclusive floor. The bathroom is a communal bathroom that is shared by all members that live on that floor.
Community Standards Include:
- Respect my community member’s different motivations for choosing this living option
- Embrace and learn from experiences different from my own
- Engage in civil and open conversation
- Use inclusive and respectful language within and outside of McCroskey Hall
- Consciously practice habits that contribute to a safe and welcoming living environment
- Actively participate in the formation of the Gender Inclusive Community Living Agreement and ongoing community meetings
- Contribute positively to the community by offering support and encouragement for the McCroskey Hall Gender Inclusive Community
- Support inclusive and diverse initiatives launched from within the community
- Educate my guest about community expectations and values
- Utilize non-gender specific facilities such as restrooms or showers
Obtaining Gender Inclusive Housing at Washington State University
Returning students would connect with the RED of McCroskey during the Room Reapplication process that would take place during the Spring Semester for the upcoming school year. Students could also work to connect with the RED of McCroskey during the school year to see if there are any open spaces in Gender Inclusive housing and the student could work to move in McCroskey or be added to the McCroskey waiting list during the school year at any point.
Incoming students who are new to Washington State University could request McCroskey and Gender Inclusive Housing when they submit their housing application.
*Information was adopted from the University of San Francisco Gender Inclusive Housing website