Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation
Recreation & Wellness is committed and welcoming to a culture of inclusion, in which we provide recreational programs and services that are accessible and equitable to the community. We strive to share a diverse array of ideas, opportunities, and experiences for all students. Recreation & Wellness follows the university policy on discrimination and harassment, which protects from discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight.
In addition, we advocate for the inclusion of all individuals, including the right to access facilities, such restrooms and locker rooms, and programming on the basis of asserted gender expression.
Programs and Services
Programs and services offered by Recreation & Wellness are created to accommodate various levels of ability and skill, and as a department, Recreation & Wellness works with many campus partners to uphold university efforts in inclusion.
Athletics and Recreation Facilities prides itself on maintaining facilities that are not only compliant and accessible, but welcoming and inclusive to a variety of populations. Most facilities are not only ADA compliant, but also designed to accommodate a various level of skills.
In the Fieldhouse, locker rooms B025 (Women’s) and B020 (Men's) can be accessed downstairs via a ramp at Lot E. Open when the facilities are open, a nursing nest is provided for nursing mothers in B127 and can be used by students, faculty, and staff. In addition, a gender inclusive bathroom is located in the basement (B055). There are 9 single user stalls in the women’s locker room. Gendered locker rooms that lead directly to the pool are also accessible and able to be accessed via the Lot E ramp. The pool also allows for a transfer from wheelchair to water, and lifeguards are always on duty to supervise.
- Mat table
- Exercise bands
- Wrist or hand-grip attachments
- Nu-Step recumbent stair climber
- Exercise bikes
- Upper body arm ergometer
- Strength training pieces with removable seats
Recreation & Wellness understands the value in inclusive programming and services, and thus aims to train all student employees, graduate assistants, and professional staff how to be inclusive in all efforts.
Each semester, all student staff for both Recreation & Wellness and Athletics and Recreation Facilities are required to attend bias incident training. During this training, topics are targeted to certain populations such as students who are transgender, those who may have a disability, or students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or other populations that may be susceptible to intimidation in recreation and athletic spaces. Student employees are trained to understand the presentation of a bias incident and how to report one.
In addition, both Recreation & Wellness and Athletics and Recreation Facilities aim to maintain a higher level of diversity within its own staffing. At the professional level, staff are trained in university efforts for inclusion and equity.
If You Can Play, You Can Play
Affirmative Action Statement
Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. It is committed to protecting the constitutional and statutory civil rights of persons connected with the university.
In both athletics and recreation, we promote inclusion and equity. GVSU Recreation & Wellness supports the If You Can Play, You Can Play Campaign to promote equality in recreation in sports, no matter the gender identity.
Questions & Concerns
If you have questions about inclusive-related policies, please contact the Recreation & Wellness office by email at email@example.com or by phone at (616) 331-1732. You may also submit a bias incident report.
For more information on university-wide efforts for inclusion and equity, check out the Division of Inclusion and Equity.