Every first year student at Haverford goes through the Customs program, which offers trans students built-in spaces to explore identity and reflect on their experience. Customs teams include trained conversation starters called Peer Awareness Facilitators (PAFs) who foster safe-space based dialogue. PAFs will lead separate discussions on Gender and Sexuality at some point in the year, and the discussions include individuals of all gender identities. For more information on the first-year experience, please visit the Dean’s first year blog.
Mixed-gender housing with all-gender restrooms is available in all upper-class housing. All-gender restrooms are pre-designated in three Customs Groups, and all other Customs groups will vote upon arrival to make their restrooms gendered or non-gendered. Incoming first-year students can confidentially express their needs regarding pre-designated all-gender restrooms on the Housing Questionnaire available to matriculating students in the summer before their arrival.
In 2015, the College committed to incorporating single-use all-gender bathrooms into all new large-scale capital projects. In 2018, the College announced a comprehensive commitment to ensuring the availability of all-gender bathrooms in each of the academic and administrative buildings on campus.
The Office of Residential Life recognizes that trans students have a wide variety of housing preferences and needs. E-mail the Director of Residential Life (hc-reslife [at] haverford.edu), with individual concerns or questions, or contact the student-chaired Residential Life Committee.