The BCITSA said the project was in response to asks from the BCIT community, but other universities have been more proactive in their approach.
Rachael Sullivan, Equity Facilitator at The University of British Columbia, stated that their department has been continually looking at opportunities on how to be more inclusive over the past several years. She says that along with changing signs to represent what is available in a bathroom, not defining who should use it, the university has added universal change rooms and single-stall facilities attached to communal sink areas.
Sullivan said the feedback from the UBC community has been positive.
“There is better awareness now and it’s great. I have had many great conversations with people across campus wanting to ensure that students, staff and faculty members have access to the washroom that meets their needs.” – Rachael Sullivan
Although UBC has taken several steps towards gender diversity, Sullivan said there are still opportunities to do more, particularly in highlighting facilities like commuter showers.
“I think refining our mapping is an area that is within our scope in order to ensure that we are providing people with the most up-to-date information.” – Rachael Sullivan
Sullivan also added that due to increasing awareness, UBC has made