Loving House: the LGBTQ+ Living Learning Unit

The purpose of Loving House is to create an environment that protects and supports Cornell University's community of LGBTQIA+ students. Loving House is an intentional residential space that is inclusive to all identities to foster an environment of close-knit support and safety. We strive to empower residents through thoughtful community building to be a part of a space that is unconditionally accepting. Loving House embraces honest dialogues around the nuances of sex, sexuality, and gender identity and expression through the lens of community, cultural competency, and an understanding of queer identities. These dialogues will highlight the ways in which systems intersect and the way in which they shape and inform the lives of LGBTQIA+ individuals and allies

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Student Testimonials

"Throughout my time in Loving House, I kept realizing how important it is for everyone to have a place to be where they feel safe and comfortable to express themselves. Everyone deserves a place to call home, and I was happy to have Loving House as mine." - Lily Andersson

Becoming a part of the Loving House community has been a really freeing experience for me because I feel like it's a space where I can really be myself. The friends I've made here have taught me a lot about what it means to be LGBTQ+ and I think I've learned a lot about myself as well. Being in a space where others understand and experience LGBTQ+ issues has been really validating and has really helped me develop a sense of community. - Cyrus West (he/him/his)

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Engagement with Faculty

Many Cornell faculty members are actively engaged in the residential communities around campus. They help to create a supportive environment that fosters academic and intellectual learning, personal development, well-being, and a sense of belonging. While faculty members are pivotal to each of these dimensions, they play a leadership role in the dimension of learning. Faculty in your community can help you explore intellectual topics, find research opportunities, navigate the first-year, experience other cultures, discover the Ithaca community, connect with faculty in other colleges, and much more.

Lori Leonard, Professor in the Department of Development Sociology, is the Faculty-in-Residence for Mews & Loving House. 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.

Faculty & Community Fellows

Loving House has Faculty & Community Fellows that provide students with opportunities to explore and cultivate their academic, intellectual and cultural interests. You will find them attending events in our community, eating with students in the dining halls and leading on and off campus trips to lectures, plays, films, concerts and regional points of interest.

Jonathan Branfman

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Kim Garrison

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Kristen Loparco

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Christopher Lujan

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Claire Menard

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Nilay Yapici

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Cortney Johnson

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Crissi Dalfonzo

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