Install Diaper Changing Stations on CSUF's Campus
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As peers, friends, and classmates, we are called to speak out on behalf of parenting students at California State University, Fullerton. We believe that parenting students should feel welcomed and supported by our school community and that our school community should advance efforts to expand and install the resources that they need to successfully participate in our school community while also balancing the needs of their children.
Parenting students face unique challenges as both students and caretakers, and at times, those roles intersect right here on our campus. Unfortunately, we have noted that the campus lacks designated diaper changing stations (aka diaper decks) available for these students to address their young children’s basic needs.
The Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation (BABIES) Act was signed into law on October 7th, 2016. This bill mandated that government-owned and government-financed buildings provide “safe, sanitary, and appropriate” baby changing facilities in both men’s and women’s restrooms and that such facilities must also comply by reasonable accommodations set by the Americans with Disabilities Act. While this legislation impacts federally associated entities, it sets an important standard for our country- a standard that we would like to meet here at California State University, Fullerton. Diaper changing stations would benefit parenting students, employees with small children and visitors to campus and would thereby make our campus a more welcoming environment for all families.
In support of marginalized parenting students at CSUF, we urge you to respectfully consider this petition for diaper changing stations. We hope that stations may be placed in at least one men’s and one woman’s bathroom on each floor in every building of campus.
We are ready and willing to work to make this a reality. Thank you for standing with parenting students at CSUF.
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