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Studies have shown that for many who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and/or Queer (LGBTQ) students, navigating through higher education is a difficult task full of opposition and challenges preventing them from achieving their full academic potential. While these challenges present themselves through several outlets on campus, Housing and facilities is one of the main areas that have the potential to challenge and educate students as they connect their learning experiences to their living realities. For students who are feeling that they do not belong, or that there is no “space” for them, navigating higher education and the campus culture can be all the more difficult. Taking a closer look at the ways in which residence halls and on-campus living facilities impact the experiences for students identifying as LGBTQ could help to show exactly how student affairs professionals and campus administrators can go about making useful changes to support these students. Interviewing students who identify as LGBTQ and gauging their experiences within on-campus housing may shed some light on whether there is a correlation between the experience of LGBTQ students, and their choice to continue to live within on-campus housing. Findings of this qualitative study may help student affairs practitioners identify common student experiences and how they relate to retaining students to live in on-campus housing.

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Graduate Research

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Abd El Nasser A Abd El Razek

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Counselor Education and Human Services


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