SR 16-04 All-Gender Restrooms

September 15, 2016
Senators Austin Phillips and James Hills

WHEREAS:

The Illinois College campus currently has traditional binary restroom options. As a result, students who do not identify within the constraints of the traditional gender binary are excluded from the status quo of “men” and “women” restroom options on the Illinois College campus.

WHEREAS:

If any member of the campus community is uncomfortable in their current situation, the promises set forth by the Illinois College Vision Statement are no longer justifiable:

Illinois College will build an international reputation for inspiring achievement and empowering students to make a difference in the world.

If steps towards creating a more inclusive campus are not upheld, Illinois College will not be striving to achieve the fullest extent of “achievement” and “empower[ment]” for which the institution is internationally known.

WHEREAS:

Current all-gender restrooms on the Illinois College campus are not adequate to provide for the needs of the non-binary community on campus. As a result, students are forced to use gendered restrooms with which they do not identify. The addition of all-gender restrooms, therefore, would be a great convenience to students and an overall benefit to the campus.

 

WHEREAS:

The addition of all-gender restrooms will contribute to the promotion of gender equality at Illinois College, and help to educate the campus community about diversity and inclusion even outside the classroom. To learn is to change.

WHEREAS:

The presence of more all-gender restrooms on campus will serve as a valuable educational opportunity.  As modern culture evolves, the complexities of sex, gender, and the gender binary are becoming more and more prevalent through social and political discourse, the media, and everyday life.  Educating students on these complexities will effectively prepare them for the inevitable, important conversations they will be a part of in their post-graduate lives. It is the responsibility of Illinois College to adequately prepare its students for the “real world,” and it is evident that the “real world” will be full of gender-based discussion.  All-gender restrooms provide students with opportunities to learn firsthand about subjects such as bodies, gender and sexual politics, and the harmful restrictions of the patriarchal gender binary – regardless of whether or not those students choose to actively use the all-gender facilities.

 

WHEREAS:

In accordance with this resolution, Senators James Hills and Austin Phillips have met with major advocates, involving those in the College’s faculty, staff, and administration that support and endorse this resolution. This includes employees in facilities and the Vice-President of Enrollment Management and College Marketing to acquire an accurate description of past projects to increase the number of all-gender restrooms and how much the cost would be for this resolution.

In addition, students have reached out to individual Student Senators to express their concerns regarding the status quo of the restroom situation on the Illinois College campus.  

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:

The Illinois College Student Senate will pass this resolution to allow a minimum of ten (10) specific binary gendered restrooms in non-residential buildings to be directly changed to “All-Gender” accessible restrooms.

It is necessary that the Student Senate allocate a sum of $300 from the Illinois College Student Activity Fund to cover all potential expenses.

http://www.mydoorsign.com/all-gender-braille-restroom-sign-with-toilet-symbol/sku-se-6055

RESOLVED:

To enforce actions taken, an ad hoc committee will be formed, consisting of Senator James Hills and Senator Austin Phillips as its co-chairs, in addition to any volunteer committee members. This committee will report about the state of being of the resolution as it is approved in any other voting matter.

Monitoring of the resolution will be a high priority of the committee and arranging where the funds go will be of utmost importance to the progress of the committee. The committee will also continue meeting with advocates of the resolution to press the content of the resolution forward through the Illinois College administration.

 

Flores, Christian

Yes

McNamara, Allie

Yes

Foster, Lexie

Yes

Furugaki, Denpota

Yes

Harms, Emily

Yes

Lenth, Mesfin

Abstain

Pantier, Scott

Abstain

Pecher, Leilani

Yes

Villagomez, Gian

Yes

Cadet, Gerald

Abstain

Conway, Joseph

Abstain

Hills, James

yes

Yantis, Noah

No

Donayre, Karina

Yes

Hoagland, Ronald

Abstain

Palmer, Brett

Yes

Phillips, Austin

Yes

Phillips, Hailey

Yes

Shereda, Michael

Yes

AppiahKubi, McAbraham

Yes

Carter, Allen

Yes

Hampton, Abygayle

Yes

Saylor, Mercedes

Yes

Torres, Maricelis

Yes

Whitlow, Zackery

Abstain

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