Honoring the commitment to inclusiveness and equity for members of the campus community, this spring MIT launched a pilot project designating multi-stalled, all-gender restrooms in different areas of the campus.
With clearance from the Massachusetts State Board of Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters, four non-residential restrooms on the MIT campus are now open for use by all members of the community and visiting users, inclusive of all gender identities. Privacy modifications have been made to the stalls and urinals in these restrooms, and updated signage identifies them as all-gender. These multi-stall facilities offer an alternative from the wait that occurs at single-stall restrooms, and were selected in areas that could help maximize access to this community resource.
At the conclusion of this one-year pilot, MIT will seek state approval to make the all-gender designation of the four pilot restrooms permanent. Once the pilot is complete, the project team hopes to identify a moderate number of additional restrooms in various locations on campus that may also be modified for use by all members of the community.
This project is organized by a collaborative team of students, faculty and staff, with the support of lbgtq@MIT, MIT Facilities, and the Provost’s Office.