COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia is testing out a new gender-neutral housing option starting this fall.
The 16-bed space in College Avenue Hall will be open to students of any gender, The Columbia Daily Tribune reports. The goal is to create a safe, secure housing option for those students who are transgender or gender nonconforming.
Frankie Minor, director of Residential Life at MU, said establishing the space it was made easier when the Board of Curators added gender expression and gender identity to the UM System's nondiscrimination policy last year.
"When we say that this is important to our institutions, it's great, but it makes it clear when we're following through with programs and resources that promote inclusiveness and a welcoming environment," Minor said.