From the Northwestern University Diversity page:
“Northwestern University does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship or veteran status in matters of admissions, employment, housing or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates.”
However, this vow has fallen flat in many cases. Diversity and the lack of diversity initiatives at Northwestern are major concerns that have induced the recent campus-wide debates.
The interests of transgender individuals are often unheard, but theirs are no less important. An area which may seem trivial to cisgender individuals is the lack of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus. The lack is apparent in North Campus buildings such as Tech, Ford, and SPAC, in important South Campus buildings such as Kresge, as well as in many individual dorms. Depending on an individual's location on campus, they may be a significant distance from the nearest usable bathroom.
The total absence of gender neutral bathrooms in many major buildings on Northwestern's main campus is a major issue for transgender individuals, who may be uncomfortable with using cisgender bathrooms. These concerns must be acknowledged.
We, the undersigned individuals, urge the Northwestern administration to increase the access of the student body to gender-neutral bathrooms.