Tuesday, January 17, 2023

As a college we value an equitable and inclusive environment for all. Toward that end, the Tippie DEI Steering Committee recently took steps to ensure that the Pappajohn Business Building is as accessible as possible. Previously, the entrance on Market Street (entrance 20) was not accessible to the mobility impaired, particularly those in wheelchairs. Over winter break, this was rectified. In addition, work is ongoing to upgrade the entrance off the Cleary Walkway into W10 (entrance 12). The push button for this door will go from a button the size of a quarter to one that is three foot long. The new button will be significantly easier to operate.

Tippie’s DEI Steering Committee is interested in identifying additional projects that will help improve accessibility in the Pappajohn Business Building. They have already identified that restrooms in the building lack push-button entry. We have already begun exploring how we can make a push button a reality. If you other accessibility concerns, please contact Tippie Director of Facilities Rick Adrian at rick-adrian@uiowa.edu.

Finally, the University of Iowa first designated a gender-neutral restroom in 2013. As the 10th anniversary of that milestone approaches, I’d like to take the opportunity to remind you all that the Pappajohn Business Building has a gender-inclusive restroom, located in the computer lab (C220A). These restrooms are available whenever Tippie’s Instructional Technology Center is open. This spring, the hours are Monday–Thursday 7:30am–10pm, Friday 7:30am–6pm, and Sunday noon¬–10pm. You can find a campus-wide map of gender-inclusive restrooms here.