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Residential Council Minutes :: November 2, 2004

Members present: everybody

Additionally, Director of Residential Life Rich Bova and Associate Director of Residential Life Thomas Forsberg were present.

Committee Reports:

Program House Chair Chris Guhin reported that on November 4th from 12-12:40 a makeup session would be held for all program houses that did not attend the program house review last week.

Lottery Chair Brendan Hargreaves commented that there is no anticipation of changing 111 Brown from being a sophomore-only housing option that is assigned in its own segment of the lottery.

Policy Committee Chair Olanma Okoji reported that she met with David Cardosa regarding Brown Card access.

The committee then moved into a discussion with Director Bova.

Rich talked about what happened last year with transgender housing:
• The questionnaire was revised, literature was written and put online
• He made a commitment to house transgendered students in New Pembroke
• 25 students responded to last year’s survey. They were contacted by ResLife and any concerns were addressed.
• ResLife’s commitment is to house students based on gender expression, and for first years to scatter any transgender students throughout units. Two people of biologically-assigned different sexes could be assigned together.
• Next year the form will be improved to be made more specific and clear.

Additionally, Rich talked about the possibility of making Grad Center coed:
• It would limit the number of options for ResLife when making room changes
• 20% of housing is already coed and making all of Grad Center coed would increase this number to somewhere around 25%
• A survey should be undertaken to see what the layout of showers and toilets are throughout Grad Center

On the issue of Brown-owned houses, Rich suggested that ResCouncil draft an official proposal that at least a portion of the houses be used for senior living, which he would be happy to pass along.

On the issue of squatting, Rich asked ResCouncil to carefully consider it, because it makes his life much easier.


Submitted by Justin Glavis-Bloom, Residential Council Secretary 2004-2005