Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges:
The implementation of more inclusive bathrooms and housing spaces are two tangible ways in which the University should reaffirm its commitment to trans and gender non-binary students. However, these changes must be guided by a campus-wide sentiment of acceptance and understanding among both students and administrators. GUSA should participate in this process by supporting the ongoing work of GUPride, GU QPOC, and the LGBTQ Resource Center by connecting student activists to top-level administrators and by facilitating collaboration in the following areas as part an inclusive advocacy team.
- Work with the Office of Residential Living to establish an all-gender LGBTQ+ living learning community open to students of all four years.
- Support student efforts to make bathrooms more inclusive on campus by:
- Ensuring there is at least one accessible all-gender bathroom in every public building on campus.
- Switching signage on existing single-occupancy bathrooms to emphasize that they are all all-gender.
- Engaging with students and the Office of Residential Living to explore solutions for creating inclusive all-gender bathrooms in residence halls.
- Contextualizing changes as part of a broader campus-wide information and inclusion campaign.
- Compiling and sharing a clear list of all all-gender bathrooms on campus.
- Push the Yates Field House to make a public non-discrimination statement about bathrooms and locker rooms in order to prevent ignorance or harassment by employees.
- Work with the Office of Admissions and the LGBTQ Resource Center to create a simple process for incoming students to indicate a gender identity and name that are different from their legal sex and name, in order to facilitate a smooth transition to the Hilltop.