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NC Students Call to Action: Next week UNC Board of Governors to consider proposal to ban Gender Inclusive Housing

ATTENTION NORTH CAROLINA STUDENTS 

ACT NOW: UNC Board of Governors set to pass Gender-Inclusive Housing Ban on August 8 &9; Campus Pride warns of danger to campus safety for students at UNC System 

UPDATE: UNC BOARD VOTE SET FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 9

UNCSystemCampuses“Banning gender-inclusive housing on the seventeen UNC system campuses does not serve the safety of any student. It is dangerous and reckless to take such a broad sweeping action,” said Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director of Campus Pride. “Research shows that LGBT students experience heightened rates of harassment and discrimination at our colleges and universities, including in campus housing. Students should not have to feel unsafe or be fearful where they eat, sleep, and live on campus.”

WHO: North Carolina students, alumni and residents are invited to show their support for gender-inclusive housing options that improve campus climate and student safety.

WHAT: The UNC Board of Governors is considering banning Gender-Inclusive housing at the seventeen UNC system campuses. The policy must first be voted on by the UNC Board of Governors University Governance Committee on Thursday, August 8 and then approved by the UNC Board of Governors on Friday, August 9 at their public meeting. Students, alumni and residents are encouraged to contact the Board of Governors beforehand and come to the August 8 & 9 meeting with signs. Requests for UNC LGBT students or any LGBT individual to speak on the agenda have been denied to date.

WHERE/WHEN: The Thursday, August 8 & Friday, August 9 meetings are on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus at the Spangler Center, also known as the General Administration Building. People are encouraged to share their stories with the Board of Governors via email and phone calls leading up to the meeting.  Find the UNC Board of Governor Contact List and Sample Letter on the Campus Pride website to share your concern.

WHY: Instead of supporting efforts to improve campus climate and student safety, the UNC Board of Governors is threatening to highlight the shortcomings of UNC system universities as they knowingly put LGBT students in campus housing at risk. In the words of Campus Pride Executive Director Shane Windmeyer, “Banning gender-inclusive housing on the seventeen UNC system campuses does not serve the safety of any student. It is a dangerous and reckless to take such a broad sweeping action. Research shows that LGBT students experience heightened rates of harassment and discrimination at our colleges and universities, including in campus housing. Students should not have to feel unsafe or be fearful where they eat, sleep, and live on campus.”

WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW?

  1. Write an email and call the UNC Board of Governors individually — specifically contact Peter Hans, the Chair and H. Frank Grainger, the Vice-Chair/Head of University Governance Committee  (Use UNC Board of Governors Contact List as well as the Campus Pride Sample Letter to express your concerns).

  2. Attend both the August 8 & 9 public meeting of the UNC Board of Governors alongside Campus Pride and LGBT and ally students from the UNC system to show your concern and voice your opinion (Continued requests for speaking on agenda have been denied and, or no response to date).

  3. Spread the word to North Carolina students, faculty and staff at all campuses.  Tell the media.  LGBT & ALLY STUDENT VOICES must be HEARD BEFORE MAKING A DECISION!

CONTACT  LIST FOR UNC BOARD OF GOVERNORS

CAMPUS PRIDE SAMPLE LETTER TO UNC BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Campus Pride, based in Charlotte, NC, is the leading nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students. Email info@campuspride.org for more information.

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