Rec Sports Equity, Diversity and Inclusion


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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Statement 

Everyone deserves a chance to play and belong. We recognize that significant disparities exist for marginalized people in every aspect of society, including within our facilities, programs and servicesThis is why we are dedicated to creating a space that celebrates, supports, and affirms, everyone from all backgrounds, abilities, and fitness levels. We are focused on eliminating barriers that prevent the full participation of historically excluded identities. We believe in treating everyone with respect and strive to provide recreational facilities, programs and services which are welcoming, accessible and equitable.   

Our Commitments

  • Provide programs and events that create a safer space for marginalized people
  • Establish and maintain mutual relationships with partners across campus
  • Embrace inclusivity by removing barriers to participation that currently exist within our offerings, policies, and procedures
  • Strive to build a culture that emphasizes the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace
  • Collaborate with UWL Hate and Bias Response Team to report, address and confront all incidents of hate and bias

We need your feedback on ways that our department can continue to support positive change. If you have any recommendations or questions please contact Jeff Keenan, Rec Sports Director at jkeenan@uwlax.edu.   

Learn more about our equity, diversity & inclusion facility considerations, programming, policies and initiatives by selecting the categories below.

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Accessible Facility Entrances/Access 

The Recreational Eagle Center (REC) has two accessible entries into the building on the north and south side. Both are operated with an automated button that opens an exterior and interior door as you enter/exit the building. In addition, there is an automated door to access the multiactivity court (MAC) from the southwest corner of the upper-level track. Access to the lower level in the Fitness Center is available by an ADA compliant ramp. 

Elevators 

The REC is equipped with two elevators: 

  • North hallway next to the Aerobics Room with service to/from the upper-level track 
  • Fitness Center that services the Multiactivity Court (MAC) and basement (staff only) 

Adaptive Fitness Equipment

Rec Sports has installed several pieces of fitness equipment that provide greater levels of accessibility than traditional equipment. These pieces are designed to provide individuals of varying levels of ability with options to exercise. In addition, functional training equipment and spaces available in the Fitness Center is completely user-defined allowing individuals to adapt their workouts.  All equipment is spaced out keeping accessibility in mind.  

  • Fitness Center 
  • Second Level Track Area 

Our friendly staff on the Fitness Center staff are available to provide equipment orientations to all equipment throughout the facility. No appointment necessary, just ask! 

Accommodation Request

If you need accommodations to participate in any of our programs, activities or classes, please email jkeenan@uwlax.edu or call 608-785-5228. We ask that you please notify us preferably two or more days prior to the program, activity or class.   

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All Gender Facilities 

Participants are free to utilize locker room facilities in accordance with their self-identified gender.  In addition, all gender facilities are provided for those who desire additional privacy.   

All gender restrooms are located in the following spaces: 

  • Room 116 - South Lobby 
  • Room 1004 - Fitness Center 
  • Room 1006 – Fitness Center 

All gender restroom, shower stall and changing area: 

  • Room 121 - located next to the Men’s Locker Room 

The lockers outside Room 121 and can be rented on a month, term (summer or winter session), semester, academic year, or annual basis. They are also available for day use with your own lock that must be removed daily. Select this link to learn more about rental rates and terms. 

Gender Inclusive Policies 

Sport Clubs 

Participation in club tryouts, practices and events not managed by a league or governing body will be in accordance to one’s self identified gender identity. For competitions and events managed by a league or governing body, participation will be in accordance with standards set by the league/governing body of the specific sport.  If no specific policy is mandated, upon request, Rec Sports administrative staff will contact the league/governing body for clarification on eligibility. It is the sole responsibility of the participant to meet the standards identified by the league/governing body. Rec Sports Administrators will only be responsible for facilitating communication between the participant and the league/governing body. 

Club members utilizing lodging should be assigned accommodations based on their gender identity, with more privacy provided, if possible, when requested. 

Intramural Sports 

  • Students, faculty and staff members can participate in the gender-specific league which affirms each participant’s personal gender identity. 
  • “Co-Rec” leagues may have gender-specific rules and restrictions based on a male-to-female to ratio. “Open” leagues have no specific rules or restrictions on participant ratios. 
  • For equitable gender participation purposes, gender-related eligibility issues may be subject to review on an individual basis by Rec Sports professional staff and the Director of the UWL Pride Center. 
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At Rec Sports, we are committed to providing programs and events that create a safer space for marginalized peoples. Not everyone feels comfortable using the REC.  Single identity programming is offered on a routine basis in an effort to lower the intimidation factor and build familiarity with our facilities, programs, and services so that all feel welcome, safe, supported, heard and seen.  Programs offered include: 

  • Women’s Night in the Fitness Center  
  • Queer Night  
  • Women’s Night at the Wall/Women On the Wall   

Adaptive sports are offered throughout the year, programming varies based on registration trends and equipment. If you have an idea for a new sport we could offer, please email us at intramurals@uwlax.edu 

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Overview 
UWL Rec Sports believes that everyone should have access to campus recreation opportunities to include but not limited to outdoor trips, memberships, events, sport clubs, and other programs. This participation grant is a means to help provide unforgettable experiences and create lifelong memories for students who may not be able to participate due to financial barriers. Rec Sports programs, services, and facilities are primarily funded by segregated university fees (seg. fees) but often come with an additional cost due to travel, food, staffing, services, and other logistics related to program costs. These costs sometimes prohibit participation so the mission of this grant is to provide financial assistance to students who might otherwise be unable to participate. Students who are experiencing financial difficulties or barriers to participation are encouraged to apply. Funding is provided through the Rec Sports Development Fund (UWL Foundation account) supported by Rec Sports fundraising efforts, such as UWL Giving Day and the UWL Parent Advisory Board. 

Application Deadlines
Participation grants will be awarded four times per academic year. Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59pm on the deadline date prior to the opportunity (exception: grants for seg. fees may be applied for during the semester seeking funds). Deadlines will be set annually, based on the academic calendar.

  • Sunday, February 6
  • Sunday, March 27

Eligibility & Requirements  

  1. Applicants must be UWL students who are currently enrolled during the semester of financial assistance. 
  2. For students who are enrolled but not paying seg. fees, an application may be submitted to purchase a membership (fee is comparable to seg. fee rate).
  3. Students are encouraged to submit a completed application well in advance of the deadline but no later than 11:59pm on the deadline date prior to participation (exception: if seeking financial assistance for a membership, application can be submitted during first application period of the proposed funded semester).
  4. Only one opportunity allowed per application. 
  5. Financial assistance is to be used toward UWL Rec Sports opportunities only. 
  6. Students can receive multiple awards, or a singular award, but the maximum lifetime award for this grant is $300 in total. 
  7. Decisions are typically made within 2 weeks of the application deadline. 
  8. Applicants are notified of the receipt of their application as well as potential awards that are offered or not offered, via their @uwlax email address. 
  9. Applicants must accept/decline awards within 7 calendar days of receiving an offer email. If the award is accepted, Rec Sports will work with the student to apply the amount as a credit and settle any remaining balance due for the opportunity. If the student wishes to decline, the award cannot be transferred to any other opportunity or student and the student must reapply for future awards. 
  10. Value of awards given out will vary based on available funds and number of applicants per application period. 
  11. Members of the review committee are not eligible to apply. 

Application Review
A committee consisting of student employees and professional staff members from Rec Sports will decide which applicants are awarded financial assistance. The review committee reserves the right to request further documentation and/or a meeting with the scholarship applicant to have further dialogue regarding submitted applications. In addition, all applications will be evaluated for financial need by the UWL Financial Aid Office. Decisions made by the committee are final, with no option for appeal. Students are encouraged to apply more than once if not funded. 

Application
Select this link or directly enter the address below 
https://uwlax.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8dgnUhoKXFsKwYu 

Additional Information 
Please contact Jeff Keenan (jkeenan@uwlax.edu), Director, or Mo McAlpine (mmcalpine@uwlax.edu), Associate Director, for additional information or questions. 

Acknowledgment 
UWL Rec Sports would like to acknowledge and thank George Fox University and UW-Milwaukee campus recreation programs for access to their outstanding resources for this opportunity. We appreciate your gracious collaboration.