Foodscape Map: Addressing Inaccessibility in Research Spaces

This infographic highlights the problem of inaccessibility of agricultural research spaces at UC Berkeley. Evidence was collected from site surveys, analysis of state and federal law regarding discrimination and disability, and interviews with UC Berkeley students and staff. Methods of analysis for the site surveys include collecting quantitative measurements based on the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design and collecting qualitative data regarding barriers to involvement of people with disabilities within the research spaces. Results of the data showed that the agricultural research spaces did not comply with the access standards or state and federal law. Moreover, evidence from students specifically indicates that physical, financial, and knowledge barriers foster exclusion in STEM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) across the UC Berkeley campus. The infographic also highlights recommended programmatic and policy changes.

This infographic was published in April 2017 and based on a thesis by Jenna Shelton, who graduated from UC Berkeley in 2016 and worked with the Berkeley Food Institute as a Food and Identity Working Group Fellow during the 2015 -16 academic year. Read a full report on the data here.