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Cornell University

Loving House

Housing Location

Loving House, Ithaca, NY 14850

The Loving House aims to enhance the intellectual and cultural environment of Cornell University regarding issues pertaining to the experiences of the LGBTQ+ and allied communities. The Loving House promotes the development of critical, engaged, and responsible LGBTQIA+ scholars, activists, and community leaders at various levels of experience. In addition to creating an LGBTQ+ living space that is inclusive to all intersections of identity, the Loving House embraces honest and frank dialogues about sex, sexuality, romanticism, gender identity and expression, community development, cross-cultural understanding, and the intersections of identity.

Loving House LGBTQ plus living learning residence

Explore the Mews and Loving House community pages in CampusGroups.

Community features: 

  • Open to undergraduate first-year, transfer, and upperlevel students 
  • 30 residents 
  • Located on North Campus within Mews Hall 
  • Singles and doubles 
  • TV lounge, study room, kitchen facilities on the floor, and a laundry room on the first floor 
  • Gender Inclusive bathrooms 
  • Bedrooms contain, for each occupant: an extra-long twin bed, a closet and a bureau (or wardrobe/bureau combination), a desk and desk chair, a desk lamp, and floor carpeting 
  • Wireless Internet access

Mews Hall rooms have system controlled air circulation. Hallways, main areas, and bedrooms are carpeted.

Faculty involvement:
Lori Leonard, Professor in the Department of Development Sociology, is the Faculty-in-Residence for the LGBTQ+ community and Mews Hall. She lives in an apartment in the building with her partner, Siba N’Zatioula Grovogui, Faculty Fellow in Residence and Professor in Africana Studies, and regularly spends time with student residents. 

The LGBTQ+ community also will have Faculty and Community Fellows that provide students with opportunities to explore and cultivate their academic, intellectual, and cultural interests. You will find them attending events in your building, eating with students in the dining room, and leading on and off campus trips to lectures, plays, films, concerts, and regional points of interest. 

Program fee: 
In addition to the room rate, Loving House residents pay a program fee of $30/year to support the many activities and events that define the community.

How to apply for residency: 
Application instructions and links can be found at Application Process: New Undergraduate Students and Application Process: Current Undergraduate Students. You will be asked to answer brief essay questions for each community to which you apply.

Dining options: 
Learn about Cornell Dining's meal plans.

Questions? 
For more information about Loving House, call (607) 254-2363 or email Mews@cornell.edu

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