A Message from the President
Dear ESF Community,
A major priority of the College in the coming year will be to further address issues of accessibility, equity, and inclusion. This comprises several areas of concern, including increased compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), better access to all our facilities for members of our community and visitors-both here on the main campus and at our regional properties-and enhanced spaces that exemplify equality for all people. Equitable access to restrooms is one of the most important components of an elevated focus on accessibility.
Last academic year I directed our Physical Plant and Facilities unit to accelerate their activity to address the current inequitable situation in regard to the disproportionate availability of restrooms for women, and to provide more gender-inclusive options. Academic Governance, our Leadership Council, student governance groups, and others identified this very important need as well. Please see the memo below on this issue from Rex Giardine, our associate facilities program coordinator, and please recognize the changes being proposed are only our first step toward a much more comprehensive and College-wide solution.
I encourage you to share your thoughts on this proposal with Rex.
My Regards, Quentin Wheeler