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UW-Eau Claire Creates More Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

RELEASED: June 4, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The Commission on the Status of Women at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire recently spearheaded an effort to make gender-neutral bathrooms available across campus.

Gender-neutral bathrooms had previously been available in only a handful of locations, including Phillips Hall. The commission surveyed the campus community to identify additional appropriate locations.

With the sponsorship of the chancellor's office, several bathrooms were remodeled and new signage was created to identify them as gender-neutral.

The new locations are Room 61 in Brewer Hall, rooms 181 and 182 in Hibbard Hall, rooms 221 and 223 in Schofield Hall, rooms 2004 and 2006 in McIntyre Library, and rooms 165 and 166 in the Nursing Building.

"The gender-neutral bathrooms will serve the needs of transgender individuals, people with disabilities who need assistance when using bathroom facilities, and families with young children," said Patti See, the chair of the commission.

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich thanked the commission for focusing attention on the need for the project and acknowledged the work of employees in Facilities Planning and Management for working through some challenges to make the project happen.

"This project is in keeping with our strategic value to create a visibly inclusive environment at UW-Eau Claire," Levin-Stankevich said.

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