Posted on July 24, 2019

Public University Provides Exclusive Housing for Women, Black, LGBT Students

Maria Lencki, College Fix, July 23, 2019

A public university in Las Vegas provides eight specialized housing halls, specifically tailoring them to fit the needs of students with numerous backgrounds or lifestyles, including nutritious students, study-intensive students and LGBT students. {snip}


Howell Town

Howell Town is the residence floor intended for black students. The hall is named for John Howell, who was the first African-American in Clark County to own land.

According to the university’s news center, Howell Town developed as the university hosted two retreats for black students in Nov. 2017 and March 2018.

“It became clear that there was both a desire and a need for dedicated spaces to explore identity in meaningful ways,” Orlando White, the campus’s assistant director of residential life, told the university news center.

“Howell Town offers strength through celebrating and exploring diversity rather than just having diversity or the presence of difference. These resources and the connection between them are critical components to student success.”

The university said that in its first semester, “Howell Town attracted 30 residents, mostly upper class and transfer students.”

Stonewall Suites

Stonewall Suites is the university residence hall that houses LGBT students.


Unlike other dorms, Stonewall permits both men and women to live together on the floor. In a traditional residence hall at the school, students would need to sign a formal agreement for “gender-inclusive” living.



The school also provides female-only housing “available to any student who chooses to live in a women-only living environment.”

The female-only housing is located in the Tonopah housing community, whose amenities include premium cable television, wireless internet and a game area.