This panel discussion will center on the pressing issues surrounding inclusive design and access to public toilets and locker rooms. As essential facilities in our communities, these spaces play a significant role in shaping the overall experience of individuals from diverse backgrounds and abilities. Panelists will address the complexities surrounding the interaction between private bodies and public spaces and explore innovative solutions for creating more inclusive environments.
Date & Time: Wednesday, November 15 at 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Address: 3435 Main Street, Buffalo, NY. 14014
Location: Online and 403 Hayes Hall, School of Architecture and Planning,
University at Buffalo - State University of New York
Remote Access: Attend in-person or via Zoom registration
Related Exhibit: Private Containers in Public Spaces Exhibition
The panel discussion will feature three distinguished experts, each with unique insights and experiences in the field of inclusivity and advocacy:
1. Ivan Coyote: A highly acclaimed writer, performer, and LGBTQ+ advocate, Ivan Coyote brings their exceptional storytelling ability to share personal experiences that shed light on the importance of inclusivity in public spaces.
2. Susan Stryker: Professor Emeritus of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Arizona, Susan Stryker is a leading scholar whose research has significantly contributed to understanding gender and transgender issues. Her expertise will enrich the discussion with scholarly perspectives.
3. Seb Choe: Associate at JSA/MIXdesign is an architect and media designer who directs projects research, education, and design projects on inclusive design such as the Stalled! website. They will provide insights into the practical aspects of creating equitable and accessible public toilets and locker rooms.
During the discussion, the panelists will address crucial topics such as:
1. Designing public toilets and locker rooms to be inclusive and accessible to all individuals, regardless of their gender, age, or physical abilities.
2. Understanding the challenges faced by marginalized communities and exploring ways to break down barriers and promote a culture of acceptance.
3. Advocacy and policy initiatives aimed at driving positive change and fostering inclusivity in public facilities.
4. Leveraging personal narratives and lived experiences to create empathy and understanding in the broader community.
This Symposium is organized by The IncLOOsion Project, a team of faculty and community members doing research and public education on inclusive restroom design. They include Randy Fernando, Ed Steinfeld, Beth Tauke, and Adam Thibodeaux, faculty at the School joined by Andrew Gunther and Maya Kirsch, community members.
Published November 15, 2023