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Exeter to pilot all-gender dorms

Curriculum exploring issues around gender, social norms, equity and diversity will accompany the pilot.

April 3, 2017
One of the proposed all-gender residences on Exeter's campus

Two dorms will serve a total of approximately 20 students.

After more than a year of careful research and planning, Exeter will pilot two all-gender dorms beginning in the fall of 2017. The two dorms selected for the program, Williams House and Kirtland House, will serve a total of approximately 20 students. While the program will be open to all Academy boarding students, it is intended to support most profoundly those students who are transgender or gender non-conforming. The Academy will work closely with interested students and their families to determine if this housing option is an appropriate fit.

In designing Exeter’s all-gender housing option, the faculty task force that led the charge worked with peer institutions, consulted with experts in transgender law, sought advice from transgender educators, and worked closely with the Academy’s administrators. Faculty and staff who live in or are affiliated with the all-gender dorms will receive special training, and, together with student residents, will engage in a yearlong curriculum to explore issues surrounding gender, social norms, equity and diversity.

The Academy is excited and honored to be able to support our students in this way, and to hopefully set a positive example for other residential schools and communities that may be considering similar supports. To learn more about Exeter’s all-gender dorms, please contact Karen Lassey, dean of academic affairs, at klassey@exeter.edu, or A.J. Cosgrove, dean of residential life, at acosgrove@exeter.edu.