What You Can Do
Right Now
to Commit to Belonging

 

Gender Neutral/All Neutral Restrooms

  • Allow for bathrooms with stalls that any gender may enter and use and still be comfortable.

Prayer Room/Meditation Room

  • Allow people of different faiths and belief systems a comfortable space to practice prayer or meditation. This may include couches, prayer rugs, candles, or anything that may be useful to facilitate prayer/meditation.

Accept & Embrace Religious Garb

  • Welcome people who wear specific garb or accessories that is preferred by their religion.
  • Do not ask people to remove these or alter them.

Accessible Bathrooms

  • These bathrooms should either be single-person stalls that are wheelchair accessible, or larger wheelchair accessible stalls within bigger bathrooms that allow disabled persons to use them comfortably.
  • Whenever possible, make sure that these bathrooms are not excessively far or burdensome to get to for people with disabilities.

Offer language interpretation when possible

  • Offer interpreters for people who may not speak the dominant language in the room.
  • Offer American Sign Language (or other non-verbal languages) to deaf participants.
  • Offer closed captioning services to individuals with hearing impairments who may not use other kinds of non-verbal language. Project the captions on screens near the main event so that users can easily switch back and forth between the event and the closed captioning services.
  • Offer large print programs and/or Braille programs for the visually-impaired participants
  • Give interpreters access to any event materials beforehand so that they gave provide optimal translation/interpretation services.

Accessible room access

  • Use rooms that are wheelchair friendly and close to elevators.
  • Use chairs without handles (or benches) to accommodate different body types.
  • Create aisles or spaces that allow people with extra equipment or wheelchairs to navigate.
  • Offer priority seating for any individuals who may need them.
  • Offer clearly-labeled maps of the event so that participants can get around easier.
  • Offer a scent-free section that allows people to participate in the event without scents. Scents can include perfumes, fragrances, and laundered items that have strong smells, dyes, or scents.

Create Inclusive Spaces

  • Review presentation materials (whenever possible) to address any divisive or non-inclusive language that they may contain.
  • Provide participants and guests with a list or glossary of inclusive terms.
  • Offer a space for people to give feedback on the event.
  • Offer a space to participants to interact with each other and start discussions. 

Accommodate Food Sensitivities and Allergies

  • Allow people to bring their own food if they have dietary restrictions.
  • Offer a peanut-free space for participants and clearly label ingredients (especially those with common allergens). 

Consider Scholarships & Financial Assistance

  • Offer scholarships or financial assistance to potential participants who may not be able to attend or fully participate otherwise.