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“The State of the University” talks future building bill of rights

Co-hosts Outreach Director Yogev Ben-Yitschak and Shared Governance Chair Deena Whitwam interviewed Equity and Inclusion chair Alex Hader about her building bill of rights.

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Equity and Inclusion committee chair Alex Hader introduced her "building bill of rights," a campaign vital to ensuring an accessible campus, Hader said on the new student government radio show Friday.

The building bill of rights, which Hader said is essentially a guiding document for the university to use on all new buildings and renovations, would offer ADA accessibility, free menstrual products and sustainable waste practices.

Hader is working on the building bill of rights along with Leah Johnson, chair of Sustainability, Nick Hall, SAC Governing Board chair and Shared Governance Campaign Director, Jacqueline Beaulieu. The group has been collaborating virtually, as well as meeting in person monthly to discuss the campaign.

Although Hader said no other student governing bodies have endorsed the campaign yet, she said she hopes to put it through Student Council first and then Union Council, a body that she has been in talks with.

“Ideally, I think it would be really great to put it through the other governing bodies on campus like Faculty Senate to make sure that all the governing bodies on campus are on the same page,” Hader said.

Former Equity and Inclusion chair Jessica Behling started the project, but it didn’t advance through Student Council. Hader said she was in contact with Behling and decided to revive the campaign given all of the renovations and new buildings being built.

In addition to the building bill of rights, Hader said she has a number of other goals such as increasing resources for undocumented students, ensuring that there are gender inclusive restrooms in buildings and expanding the number of cultural centers to accommodate all identities on campus.

“Every college student deserves to have the best college experience that we can give them and I think our university currently isn’t doing the best job at that and we really need to make sure that all students are having an equitable college experience,” Hader said.

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