Student Resources

The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion is proud to be a resource for students with marginalized identities on campus. Below is a listing of possible resources.

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Gender Inclusive Bathrooms

As a part of our institutional commitment to fostering an inclusive campus for all members of our community, including visitors, Suffolk University has gender-inclusive restrooms in ALL of our buildings. Female/male sex-segregated bathrooms are not accessible spaces that everyone can use. The intention of gender inclusive restrooms is to enable transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary individuals on campus to feel empowered to choose a restroom they feel most comfortable using. Additionally, parents with children of different genders and community members with attendants or caregivers of a different gender all benefit from gender-inclusive restrooms.

Gender-Inclusive Restroom Locations

Building Floor Number of Inclusive Restrooms on Floor  Location Type Accessible?
Academic Buildings
73 Tremont
(Stahl Building)
1 2 By the Student Commuter Lounge Multi-Stall Yes
3 2 Main restrooms in the Library Multi-Stall Yes
2 Across from Classroom 5060 Single-Occupancy Yes
4 2 INTO Center Single-Occupancy Yes
8 2 Main restrooms. Up the corridor to the right of the elevators Multi-Stall Yes
12 2 Main restrooms. Up the corridor to the right of the elevators Multi-Stall Yes
One Beacon Street 1 2 Main restrooms. Across from Classroom 103 & 104 Multi-Stall Yes
Samia Academic Center B 1 By main restrooms Single-Occupancy Yes
1 1 By main restrooms Single-Occupancy
2 1 By main restrooms
3 1 By main restrooms
4 1 By main restrooms
5 1 By main restrooms
6 1 By main restrooms
7 1 By main restrooms
8 1 By main restrooms
Sargent Hall 1 2 By main restrooms
4 2 By the Faculty Dining Room Single-Occupancy
5 1 By main restrooms
Sawyer Building B 4 Main restrooms Single-Occupancy Yes
3 2 Main restrooms Single-Occupancy Yes
8 2 Main restrooms Multi-Stall Yes
12 1 Next to kitchen/lounge area Single-Occupancy Yes
Athletic Buildings
Ridgeway Gym Court 2 Near water fountain Single-Occupancy Yes
2 2 In the Smith Fitness Center Single-Occupancy
3 2 By main restrooms
4 1 By main restrooms
Residence Halls
10 West 1 1 Near Residence Life Office, by Mail Room Single-Occupancy
2 1 In the Lounge Single-Occupancy
Miller Hall 1 1 By the elevators Single-Occupancy Yes
3 1 Far side of Café Single-Occupancy Yes
Modern Theatre B 1 By main restrooms Single-Occupancy Yes
One Court 1 3 In the Café Single-Occupancy Yes
Smith Hall B 2 In the hallway outside of the lounge Single-Occupancy
1 1 In the hallway by freight elevator Single-Occupancy

Please check out the campus map to locate the buildings listed above. If you would like the Gender-Inclusive Restrooms Guide postcard, you can pick one up in our office.

Frequently Asked Questions

To aid in the transition from gender-specific to gender-inclusive restrooms we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help guide you in your conversations with students and other faculty and staff members. If you need further assistance, please contact the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion or 617-573-8613. You can also feel free to direct students to our office, which is located in Sawyer Building, Room 828.

Q: What is a gender-inclusive restroom?
A. Gender-inclusive restrooms are bathroom facilities that anyone of any, or no, gender can use. In contrast, gender-specific bathrooms are those that mark "men" or "women" on the door.

Q: Why are they important?
A: Gender-inclusive restrooms are an important way to create a safer campus environment for everyone. They are also a means by which our community can demonstrate our commitment to inclusion and diversity.Specifically, for transgender, genderqueer, and gender nonconforming individuals, gender-specific restrooms can be a place where they encounter intimidation, harassment, and/or violence. These individuals are sometimes deemed to be in the “wrong” bathroom. Having a safe place to go is a fundamental concern for this community.

Q: Why were these particular restrooms chosen?
A. Because they are in highly trafficked student areas without a gender-inclusive bathroom.

Q: I am uncomfortable using the restroom with people of other genders. What does this mean for me?
A. All buildings with gender-inclusive restrooms will continue to have gender-specific rooms on most floors. You can still use these restrooms. With that said, change can be uncomfortable. As we make alterations to increase access and education on this topic, we all have the opportunity to adapt to these changes. Sharing a restroom with other genders can be new and different. This might be an opportunity to engage critically with your ideas of sex, gender, modesty, comfort, public/private spaces, and social practices. Of course, you can choose between gender-specific and gender-inclusive restrooms.

Q: Where are the closest gender-specific restrooms?
A. All buildings with gender-inclusive restrooms will continue to have gender-specific rooms on most floors. If a floor only has an inclusive restroom option, the floors above and below will have gender-specific alternatives.

Q: What is a multi-use restroom?
A. In a multi-use restroom, more than one person can use the facilities at the same time.

Q: Will women be less safe in gender-inclusive restrooms?
A: When some people hear about gender-inclusive restrooms, their first reaction is to fear for women's safety. Yet the research in this area shows that women are currently not protected by the existence of gender-specific restrooms. The designation of a restroom as "women only" does not provide a real barrier to potential predators. Gender-specific restrooms don't prevent sexual assault. In addition, no study has proven that the designation of gender-inclusive restrooms increases incidents of sexual assault. Of course, people who are uncomfortable or who feel unsafe using a gender-inclusive restroom can use a gender-specific restroom close to anywhere they are on campus.

Q: Why aren't all of Suffolk's restrooms becoming gender-inclusive?
A: Inclusion means having options. We want to provide restrooms that work for our entire Suffolk community. Therefore, we will continue to offer gender-specific restrooms as well as gender-inclusive.

Resources for Asian American Students

Asian American Civic Association
200 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116

Asian-American Resource Workshop

33 Harrison Ave., 5th floor
Boston, MA 02111

Chinese Progressive Association
33 Harrison Avenue, Third Floor 
Boston MA 02111
Tel: 617-357-4499
Fax: 617-357-9611
[email protected]

The Boston Language Institute

648 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02215 USA
Tel: 617-262-3500
Fax: 617-262-3595 or 617-247-3919

Vietnamese American Civic Associations

1452 Dorchester Ave., # 3
Dorchester, MA 02122

Resources for Latinx/e Students

Centro Latino De Chelsea

267 Broadway
Chelsea, MA 02150

251 Newbury St.

Boston, MA 02116

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

of The Boston Bar Association
294 Washington St., Suite 443
Boston, MA 02108

37 Temple Place

Boston, MA 02111

648 Beacon St.

Boston, MA 02215 USA
Tel: 617-262-3500
Fax: 617-262-3595 or 617-247-3919

United Way of Massachusetts Bay

245 Summer St., Suite 1401
Boston, MA 02210
[email protected]

Vocero Hispano Newspaper

319 Broadway St.
Revere, MA

Resources for Native American Students

Resources for African American/Black Students

P.O. Box 701

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130


4258 Washington St.

Roslindale, MA 02131


P.O. Box 5094

Portsmouth, NH 03802

[email protected]

14 Beacon St., Suite 719

Boston, MA 02108


Boston MA 02111


99 Chauncy St., Suite 310

Boston, MA 02111


539 Tremont St., Suite 202

Boston, MA 02116

Tel: 617-292-7110

P.O. Box 831

Cambridge, MA 02139


474 Brookline Ave.

Boston, MA 02215


23 Drydock Ave.

Boston, MA 02210


Resources for Undocumented Students

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) DACA is a program, announced on June 12, 2012, by President Barack Obama that protects eligible applicants from deportation and gives them work authorization for a renewal period of 2 years. It is important to note that DACA provides lawful presence, but it does not provide lawful status. DACA is a program fought for and won by undocumented immigrants.
DACA-mented This term is used by undocumented individuals who have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA-mented is sometimes used to navigate away from the negative connotations given to terms such as undocumented immigrant, non-U.S. citizen and so forth.
Undocumented Refers to people who are not U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States, who do not hold a current visa to reside in the U.S. and who have not been approved for legal residency in the U.S.
Undocu-ally This term is used to refer to people who are not undocumented or had the undocumented immigrant experience who verbally and in actions take a stance to fight shoulder to shoulder with the affected community
Undocu-friendly This term is used to refer to schools that have systems and practices in place that work with and for undocumented students. For example, a school that is inviting and public about their support for undocumented students and invests resources in their students by providing scholarships and programs is an undocu-friendly school.

Boston Medical Center

The BMC Immigrant & Refugee Health Center connects all of BMC’s existing program and expertise in immigrant and refugee health care into one central point of entry where any immigrant patient can relate to all of BMC’s medical, mental health and social services that they need in order to heal, rebuild, and thrive.

Programs offered:

  • Primary Care
  • Refugee Health Assessment Program
  • Mental Health
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Social Services

Pre-Health Dreamers

Pre-Health Dreamers is a rapidly growing network and community of over 1000 health career bound undocumented students, and their allies, across the United States, representing various career interests. PHD investigates and shares information on career pathways for pre-health undocumented students as well as advocates for more progressive institutional and governmental policies for undocumented students.

Golden Door Scholars

While most of our students attend Golden Door partner schools, we support students at other accredited four-year institutions on a case-by-case basis. We are also always developing relationships with new partner schools.


  •  Applicants must have DACA, TPS or be undocumented, meaning currently not have lawful status in the U.S.
  • Applicants must not be eligible for in-state tuition or federal funding

Note: if you are a current US citizen or permanent resident, you are not eligible to apply. If you are a visa holder, please elaborate on your visa type and whether you are eligible to receive federal funding and/or in-state tuition in your application below. If you aren’t sure whether you’re eligible, email us.

Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

The Lincoln Forum is now accepting applications for its annual Platt Family Scholarship Essay Contest and is open to undocumented college students. There are three separate award amounts: 1st Prize $1500, 2nd Prize $750, 3rd Prize $500. On their website, the Lincoln Forum states that, “you do not have to be an American citizen, but you do need to be attending an American college or university during the eligibility period” in order to qualify.

Davis-Putter Fund

The Davis-Putter Fund awards up to $15,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who are active in social justice movements. The Fund considers the applicant’s contribution to social justice, ability to perform academically, and relevance of educational program, as well as their financial need. This scholarship opportunity is open to undocumented students.

Other educational assistance

  • Fee waivers are available for undocumented students with DACA who are unable to pay for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
  • Fee waivers are available for undocumented students with DACA who are unable to pay for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion

The Center for Diversity & Inclusion facilitates discussion and programs with students that promote the principles of equity, inclusion, access, and social justice. We provide individual support, mentoring, referrals, and education to foster a welcoming, safe, inclusive environment for all students-giving special attention to historically marginalized students and their allies.

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Center for Career Equity, Development, & Success

Career Center acknowledge that undocumented students face unique challenges in their career development. We are here to offer guidance, support, and strategies as you progress at Suffolk University. We support and value the strengths of students with undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.

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Suffolk CARES

Suffolk CARES assist students in finding the best resources for their individual needs and empowers students to advocate for themselves so that they may remain personally and academically successful. Resources include, but are not limited to Case Management, Suffolk CARES Pantry, Food Insecurity Grants, and Emergency Funding Grants.

Contact Us:

  • Phone: 617-573-8239
  • 73 Tremont Street, 12th Floor

Counseling, Health, and Wellness

Our integrated team of health, wellness, and counseling professionals provide holistic and culturally affirming clinical care to Suffolk students. We also provide education and consultation regarding student health and wellness to the entire Suffolk community.

Contact Us:

  • Phone: 617-573-8226
  • 73 Tremont Street, 5th Floor

International Student Services Office

The International Student Services Office (ISSO) is the main resource for assistance with immigration matters, as well as personal, social, and cultural adjustment during your time at Suffolk University.

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Division of Student Success

The Division of Student Success offers individualized support and opportunities for students to develop critical skills for the classroom and beyond. Each resource works independently and collaboratively to empower students to reach their full academic, professional, and personal potential.

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Financial Assistance to Renew DACA (Any State)

RAICES Texas and Dream Big Nevada are currently accepting applications for their DACA scholarship opportunities, which provide recipients with $495 to cover their DACA renewal fees. You can learn more about these opportunities and apply by submitting these forms: RAICES Texas and Dream Big Nevada. Please note that depending on funds available, these applications are sometimes closed. We encourage you to follow the work of RAICES Texas and Dream Big Nevada to stay up to date.

Help with Citizenship Applications, Mutual Aid & More

Agency Alpha offers a series of resources through their Citizenship Program, including:

  • Immigration Advice & Consulting
  • Family Petitions & Adjustment of Status
  • TPS (Temporary Protection Status)
  • Work Permit Renewals
  • Free Citizenship Application Assistance
  • Citizenship Classes (Boston/East-Boston)
  • Interpretation & Translation Services
  • Public Notary Services
  • Leadership Development/Community Trainings
  • Referrals to other community resources

De Novo

De Novo provides free civil legal assistance and affordable psychological counseling to low-income people.

United We Dream

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led community in the country. We empower people to develop their leadership, their organizing skills, and to develop our own campaigns to fight for justice and dignity for immigrants and all people.

The UndocuBlack Network

The UndocuBlack Network (UBN) is a multigenerational network of currently and formerly undocumented Black people that fosters community, facilitates access to resources, and contributes to transforming the realities of our people, so we are thriving and living our fullest lives.