The Inclusive U app maps the campus at the University of Texas at Austin in ways that foster a more welcoming campus culture. Get the app now:
Created as a collaboration between the Libraries and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE), this interactive interface was developed to serve traditionally underserved audiences by making campus more accessible and welcoming. The first two layers feature a map of libraries and a map of all gender restrooms. Successive maps will be added to serve other marginalized groups. See screenshots below.
Making The App
The app was conceived by the library’s Diversity Action Staff Interest Group (DASIG). When the main library undertook a major renovation of its common area, DASIG successfully lobbied for gender inclusive restrooms and to feature collections by LGBTQ authors nearby.
As a way to publicize the inclusivity of the new resources, DASIG thought an app might the best way to help students and reached out to the DDCE for technical support.
With the shared goal of making campus culture more inclusive, DASIG and DDCE set about finding partners to help create the app. They reached out to the Gender and Sexuality Center to help add the gender inclusive interface. And they found students who could help code the iOS and Android versions.
They are currently working with Services for Students with Disabilities to create the next layer, an accessibility map.
The Inclusive U was built not only for the campus at UT Austin, but with other campuses in mind. The code is currently being organized and commented so that it can be shared via GitHub with anyone who wishes to make a version for their campus. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or check back here for updates and links to the repository.
This app is a collaborative project between the following organizations and people who deserve credit.
The collections of the University of Texas Libraries are the result of over 130 years of continuing commitment by librarians, faculty, students, and private donors to build one of the great library collections of the world. As part of the flagship institution of the University of Texas System, the University of Texas Libraries supports diverse undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral academic programs with varying teaching and research needs.
The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement advances socially just learning and working environments that foster a culture of excellence through diverse people, ideas, and perspectives. We engage in dynamic community-university partnerships designed to transform our lives.
The mission of the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) is to provide opportunities for all members of the UT Austin community to explore, organize, and promote learning around issues of gender and sexuality. The center also facilitates a greater responsiveness to the needs of women and the LGBTQ communities through education, outreach, and advocacy.
Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) determines eligibility and helps implement reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities at the University of Texas at Austin. They also engage in outreach across campus in order to make campus a more inclusive, accessible and welcoming environment for people with disabilities.
Thanks to the following individuals for their specific contributions and to all the people who helped make this app possible.
- Dr. Loraine Haricombe, Vice Provost and Director, UT Libraries, for support and sponsorship of DASIG and this app
- Jee-Hyun Davis and Dr. Dale J Correa, DASIG co-chairs past and present for their leadership
- Benjamin Rodriguez, Library Manager, DASIG coordinator, and supervisor of the iPhone app development
- Liz Elsen, Interim Director of the Gender and Sexuality Center, coordinator of gender inclusive restroom resources
- Jason Molin, Director of Digital Communications at DDCE, technical lead on app development and communications
- Jeremy Thompson, Library Specialist, developer of the iPhone app
- Connor White, developer of the Android app
- Robert Harrington, Senior Graphic Designer, creator of the Inclusive U icon