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What is queer night? What is women’s night? Is there a straight night? Men’s night? Soon will there be nights based off race? Quit the segregation of everything. Doesn’t seem all that inclusive."
- anonymous

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Why Women’s Night and Queer Night? Its within the mission, vision and values of this university and Rec Sports to make space for underrepresented identities. Not everyone feels comfortable using the REC. These programs are designed to lower the intimidation factor and build familiarity with our facilities, programs, and services so that all feel welcome, safe, supported, heard and seen.

We strive for equity. According to NACE, “the term “equity” refers to fairness and justice and is distinguished from equality: Whereas equality means providing the same to all, equity means recognizing that we do not all start from the same place and must acknowledge and make adjustments to imbalances. The process is ongoing, requiring us to identify and overcome intentional and unintentional barriers arising from bias or systemic structures.”

The UWL Division of Diversity and Inclusion acknowledges “that our current educational, social, economic, and political systems are unjust. We act by developing resources to advance equitable opportunities and outcomes for all, focusing on eliminating barriers that prevent the full participation of historically excluded populations.”

At Rec Sports, in order to serve EVERYONE, we recognize that significant disparities exist for marginalized people in every aspect of society, including our facility and programs. Equity is the ongoing effort to ensure people with marginalized identities have the opportunity to achieve equal access and participation. To build and empower a thriving community where all feel safe, supported, heard, and seen, equitable programs and services must be on the forefront of our offerings. We are committed to:

· Providing programs and events that create a safer space for marginalized peoples

· Establishing and maintain mutual relationships with partners across campus

· Embracing inclusivity by removing barriers to participation that currently exist within our offerings, policies, and procedures

· Providing education and foster an environment that supports cultural humility framework for all professional and student staff members

· Collaborating with UWL Hate and Bias Response Team to report, address and confront all incidents of hate and bias