June 14, 2018
A new Queen’s mobile application seeks to make campus more welcoming to a wider array of visitors.
The Queen’s Equity Locator offers maps of the Queens University main and west campuses, as well as The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. These maps contain equity-related points of interest across the three locations.
These resources range from safety basics like phones, emergency exits, and security lamps, to accessibility essentials like elevators, accessible washrooms, and accessible entrances, to amenities such as gender-neutral washrooms, breastfeeding stations, and resources.
“This new application will be an important resource for students, staff, faculty, and visitors to campus so we can provide a more welcoming and inclusive experience for them,” says Stephanie Simpson, University Advisor on Equity and Human Rights and Executive Director of the Equity and Human Rights Office. “Many equity-seeking members of our community may not be aware of the resources available to them, and this is one more channel through which we can highlight our available supports.”
In addition to being able to scan the campus for the necessary resources, users can also see which supports are close to their current location through optional global positioning system (GPS) tracking. Users can also look up specific buildings to find out what accommodations are available before visiting campus. They can also submit resources they find on campus which are not listed.
“This began as an effort to map gender-neutral washrooms on campus, and we are pleased with the end result which will serve many within our community,” says Jill Christie, Manager, Data and Administration with the Equity and Human Rights Office. “We view this app as an ongoing effort, and we welcome feedback and submissions from the community.”
The application is a free download for iPhone and iPad, and is available through the App Store.