Creating a more accessible summit (Accessibility)
Please help us to diminish access barriers at the summit and continue to work and build with us so that the summit is more accessible to more people each year.
We recognize the disability justice movement’s rich history with sexual violence prevention. Part of what makes the conference such a joyful space is the huge range of people, experiences, and abilities that are present.
One affirming cultural practice is to be accepting of the many ways people communicate, think, and move, and the differing ways we all experience emotion, health, and sensory input. Please make an effort to hold that perspective with you during the conference weekend. To learn more, check out these articles discussing disability etiquette, and this discussion of ableist language.
Please help us maintain clear walkways in all conference spaces and avoid sitting on the floor near exits.
Workshop monitors may close the doors of a session once it at capacity for safety and access reasons. Please respect our community safety and accessibility needs by not entering a session once it is full. Workshops that are at capacity will have a sign on the door that reads “FULL”.
Please be scent/fragrance-free to the extent that you are able to, so that beloved community members with chemical sensitivities can attend the summit. We know that scented products, including essential oils, perfumes, and hair products, can be an important part of one’s identity, and we don’t require you to refrain from using those products. However, we ask all participants who will be in shared summit spaces over the weekend to recognize how using certain products can create access barriers for others wishing to use the same spaces.
Because flashing lights can trigger seizures or other symptoms, we ask that you avoid wearing or carrying decorative flashing lights and avoid flash photography. If you must use a flash, please check with people around you first. Please do not flash overhead lights on and off in any summit spaces.
Smoking is not permitted on the URI Campus. If you smoke, please wash your hands afterward to reduce residue and remove your coats/jackets/outerwear once inside.
Creating summit community
Our summit is a space for learning, collaboration, growth, and supporting one another as we work to create change. We invite you to be part of a culture of respect that acknowledges and honors the differences we bring in terms of our identities and our politics, without marginalizing or tokenizing each other. We can all do this by speaking from our own experiences and being respectful of differences. Our differences can be points of strength and the many diverse identities and perspectives we hold make for a stronger and more vibrant reproductive justice movement.
All of us—summit organizers, speakers, and participants—bring our varied identities to the conference. It’s On Us tries to provide the accountable and accessible spaces necessary for everyone to be able to participate in conference events. We ask that all participants help us create these accountable spaces by upholding It’s On Us’s guidelines and the URI Community Standards. For It’s On Us, creating accountable spaces where we can learn and collaborate includes the following:
- Striving to engage in open and constructive dialogue with each other
- Using “I” statements and speaking from your own experience
- Expressing curiosity about and being open to a viewpoint that is different than yours
- Asking genuine questions for understanding
If you are concerned about a violation of community norms or you feel uncomfortable with another participant’s actions, please notify It’s On Us staff (who are wearing staff t-shirts and name badges) with your concerns. Less urgent comments can be shared with us via summit evaluation forms. We are invested in making sure that participants feel respected and welcome in our space at all times, and we welcome your feedback on your summit experience.
If members of the summit community feel that participants are not upholding these community norms, those participants may be asked to leave the conference.
If you have further questions, please contact us at [email protected].
DISCLAIMER: Content from this section on Creating Summit Community was inspired by Hampshire College’s Civic Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) annual conference website and adapted with permission of CLPP.
HOUSING, TRAVEL, & MEALS
All summit registrants will be placed in apartment style dormitory housing, which includes a private room and shared common space. Linen service will be included for each participant (fitted sheet, cover sheet, blanket, pillow, pillow case, and towel). Attendees are responsible for bringing their own toiletries. Residence halls are not equipped with irons or coat hangers. All rooms include air-conditioning, a microwave, and a mini fridge.
Directions to Ohio University
For directions, please visit the University of Rhode Island Website.
All students who must fly in to participate should fly into the Providence Airport T.F. Green (airport code PVD). It is approximately 24 miles from campus.
Providence is accessible by bus through Greyhound bus services. More information on getting to Providence via Greyhound be found here.
Other Ground Transportation
It’s On Us’s partner Lyft will be donating codes to help students get from the Providence Airport or Greyhound Bus station to campus and back. Codes will be provided to registrants in advance of the Summit.
Parking On Campus
Parking is available on campus for FREE for all Summit attendees. Parking information will be shared with registrants prior to the summit.
It’s On Us will provides meals throughout the conference, beginning with breakfast on Saturday morning and ending with dinner on Sunday evening. Vegetarian and vegan options are available for everyone. Gluten-free options are available by request from food service staff. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated for those who register ahead of time. During meals, please refer to the food service staff for specific questions about meals or ask any of the summit organizers to assist you.
During meal times, please feel empowered to go to the front of the food line if for any reason you or cannot stand in line or ask a conference staff person for assistance getting food.
There is quiet seating available during mealtimes.
Food and beverages can be purchased on campus. Hours of operation are listed here.