Improve Roommate-Matching System for Marginalized Students
The student random roommate matching does not do a thorough and adequate job in executing a crucial component of a student’s campus experience: their residence life. Though survey questions are provided in order to “best match” students based on qualities such as cleanliness, interests, and sleeping patterns, it omits discussions and questions in regards to the different intersectionalities of students that could affect how individuals behave around one another. As a large university with people representing various communities, Ohio State needs to ensure students are comfortable with one another in living spaces and have the capability to build relationships and strive for a healthy on-campus experience. Marginalized communities such as LGBTQ+ and international students are not always placed in housing assignments with other students who have the same important basic principles or influences in their life, which can make living accommodations difficult and uncomfortable if a student feels their roommate does not value and respect their different identities. Problems here can extend to how a student is able to socialize, accomplish work, and feel comfortable in their space on-campus.
Maddie and Sri will restructure the random roommate matching process to promote student comfortability and self identities on campus. They will work with the Department of Residence Life and University Housing to:
Improving student roommate matching process helps ensure that students are comfortable in their living spaces and paired with a roommate that they can successfully live with.