As my work group’s designated Value Added College Adjunct Nomenclature Trainer, I feel you will have the knowledge and expertise to help with the following question.
My question is, “How I may do my part to help make sure the students are having a successful and hygienic restroom experience?”
I realize the majority of the students do just fine. But, every day, there is some splashing on the rims, floors, and walls adjacent to the toilets and urinals. Some just can’t seem to hit the spot, if you know what I mean. What can I do to help these young men have a better chance of reaching their goals?
Adjunct Restroom Hygiene Facilitator
I commend your concern for our at-risk students and appreciate your forthright and ‘take responsibility’ proactivity regarding the issue. As you know, changing generations mean changing priorities and different norms of behavior from the past. I appreciate your willingness to go the extra mile for the young people who simply experience life differently than the ‘old pedagogical order’. It is important for us to change so that they do not have to. Without your attitude, many might fall between the cracks. And at the end of the day, filling cracks is what is important.
My Six-Sigma research team reinforces your initial diagnosis. A majority of students know about and successfully utilize restroom equipment every day. It is, however, a sad commentary on our culture that some just assume everyone will respond similarly when confronted with what may be an unfamiliar experience. As you know, our students represent a vast diversity of economic, learning, sexual, and ethno-orientations. I don’t have to tell you how the Anglo-centric stances of the past may not be suitable for everyone. A few suggestions are in order.
First, your task-group of RHFs may want to post instructional signs above the toilets and urinals. I would use graphics with a limited amount of text to account for those who are reading-challenged. Focus on recommended ranges, stances, and other proper techniques.
Another option might be to install wider urine acceptance units to help facilitate the spectrum of aiming diversities. If you choose to pursue this option you need to fill out the following state-mandated forms: porcelain_enlargement_request.doc, RHF_work_load_enlargement.doc, business_case_funding.doc, workplace_at_risk.doc, ethno_facili_blab.doc, and OSHA_form_184_restrooms_a12_99x.doc.
Finally, our sister college in Connecticut is implementing a new program in the form of Diversity Restroom Facilitators. This adjunct work-enhancement opportunity enables the volunteers adopting the new work-load to be eligible for a .025% increase in their pay, bringing their rate of compensation up to nearly 27.8% of their full-time counterparts. The dif personnel, as they are referred to, assist the students in achieving their unique goals. This can be in the form of personal coaching or, as necessity dictates, the holding of the gender-specific waste water discharge appendage, at least for the initial stages of the program, until they can learn to do it for themselves.
I hope you and your fellow RHFers give serious consideration to the last option, as I am very excited about the possibilities.
Again, I so very much appreciate your desire to help our college meet the unique challenges presented by the student body. After all, isn’t that what the college experience is all about?
V.A.C.A.N.T. Committee Representative