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Hunter Women's Rights Coalition Embarks on Gender Rights Project
The Hunter Women's Rights Coalition embarked on a gender rights project to create private and comfortable bathroom facilities to be used by all members of the Hunter College community, including trans-identified student, faculty, and staff. The group began the project by approaching the Director of Health and Wellness in the Department of Student Services. The group wrote the Director a short memo describing the need for these facilities. In addition, they also investigated the Hunter College Non-Discrimination Policy and found that it included 'gender identity.'
Concurrently, they showed 'Toilet Training,' a video distributed by the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, which advocates for the need for gender-neutral bathrooms. And gathered publicity for a page-long piece in The Envoy, the Hunter College newspaper, describing the campaign to the student body.
The Director of Health and Wellness, along with the Vice President, were instrumental in the re- labeling of two already-existing single-stalled, locking bathrooms, with new signs.
This was a multi-faceted group effort, which was only possible through the collaboration with students on campus and the administration.
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