Sent on behalf of the Positive Space Alliance, the Human Rights Advisory Committee, and Katrin Roth von Szepesbela, Director, Human Rights and Respectful Workplace
VIU recently designated 22 single-stall washrooms at the Nanaimo campus as “non-gendered.” These washrooms are no longer marked for use with the symbol designating use by men or women, and are now open for use by anyone who wishes to use them (see attached image of the new door symbols).
This change was brought about through the ongoing work of the Positive Space Alliance, Human Rights Advisory Committee, and Human Rights and Respectful Workplace Office at VIU. These groups work towards increasing accessibility for all VIU community members, including the designation of non-gendered, inclusive washrooms, which are open for all to use discretely, anonymously, and without fear of incident.
While the non-gendered washrooms are open to all, those who wish to use men-only and women-only washrooms will still have those options close by. The change to non-gendered washrooms in some campus buildings has been made for a number of reasons:
For further information, please contact Katrin Roth von Szepesbela, Director, Human Rights and Respectful Workplace, at 250.740.6430 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.