ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Some students at the University of New Mexico are pushing to make it easier for moms and dads who bring their kids to school.
One student has introduced a bill to suggest the university put in baby changing stations in all restrooms including men’s and women’s. Sade Patterson is a student senator this year.
“I had my son Daniel and brought him to school with me every day for the first semester,” Patterson said. “As a newborn and as a parent you’re in between classes you want to change your baby’s diapers.”
Which means Patterson didn’t have time to hunt for a restroom that had what she needed.
“It was frustrating having to look for a building that had a baby changing table in the women’s restroom,” she said.
She said the majority of restrooms on campus that do have them are only for women.
“We need to realize that a lot of fathers bring their children to school,” Patterson said.
This month President Barack Obama signed the BABIES Act which requires federal buildings, such as social security offices, courthouses and post offices to install diaper-changing stations in its female and male public restrooms.
New Mexico State Representative Andres Romero also introduced a similar bill that died in committee last year. He said this is a step in the right direction, but also plan to re-introduce his bill this upcoming legislative session.
“Like I’ve mentioned men are taking a more active role in raising children, taking them to restaurants and public areas and its time that they have a safe comfortable place to change their baby’s diapers.”
For UNM, the driving factor is going to be money. The University said putting in changing tables in every restroom is not in the budget right now. UNM said with upcoming renovations and construction projects changing tables will definitely be taken into consideration.
Student senate passed the bill Wednesday night. Patterson said she plans to introduce the bill to the UNM administration.