Quinnipiac University

Student works with university to develop gender-inclusive housing

June 02, 2021

Athena Cuttle

Athena Cuttle ’21, president of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance, worked closely with senior leadership to establish gender-inclusive housing at Quinnipiac.

“The value in having gender-inclusive housing on campus is that everyone will have a place where they feel comfortable,” said Cuttle, a psychology major and sociology minor. While this type of housing is now available to all students, Quinnipiac will add an LGBTQ+ Living-Learning Community this fall.

“Giving transgender and non-binary students the opportunity to live with whomever they choose could aid in creating not only a positive environment, but a safe place for them as well,” Cuttle said. It was important to Cuttle that her voice and advocacy were heard at Quinnipiac.

She said that collaborating with Don C. Sawyer III, vice president for equity and inclusion, and Tom Ellett, the university’s chief experience officer, validated her ideas and her work.

“Tom and Don truly listened to me and all the reasoning behind my action points,” Cuttle said. “I appreciate all of the time they took to discuss and resolve these issues.”

Ellett praised Cuttle for her passion and efforts.

"In my first year as CXO at QU, I was impressed by Athena’s leadership and passion to advocate for Quinnipiac's gender inclusive housing policy for students for implementation in Fall 2021," she said. "Thank you, Athena."

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