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.

If you have a resource that you feel should be included, please email us.

Helpful Resources

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 
3 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 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
Yes
2 1 By main restrooms
Single-Occupancy
Yes 
3 1 By main restrooms
Single-Occupancy
Yes
4 1 By main restrooms
Single-Occupancy
Yes
5 1 By main restrooms
Single-Occupancy
Yes
6 1 By main restrooms
Single-Occupancy
Yes
7 1 By main restrooms
Single-Occupancy
Yes
8 1 By main restrooms
Single-Occupancy
Yes
Sargent Hall 1 2 By main restrooms
Multi-Stall
Yes
4 2 By the Faculty Dining Room Single-Occupancy
Yes
5 1 By main restrooms
Single-Occupancy
Yes
Sawyer Building B 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
Yes
3 2 By main restrooms
Single-Occupancy
Yes
4 1 By main restrooms
Single-Occupancy
Yes
Residence Halls
10 West 1 1 Near Residence Life Office, by Mail Room Single-Occupancy
Yes
2 1 In the Lounge Single-Occupancy
Yes
Miller Hall 1 1 By the elevators Single-Occupancy Yes
3 1 Far side of Café Single-Occupancy Yes
Modern Theatre By main restrooms  Single-Occupancy  Yes 
One Court 1 In the Café Single-Occupancy  Yes 
Smith Hall B 2 In the hallway outside of the lounge Single-Occupancy
Yes
1 In the hallway by freight elevator Single-Occupancy
Yes
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
617-426-9492

Asian-American Resource Workshop

33 Harrison Ave., 5th floor
Boston, MA 02111
617-426-5313


Chinese Progressive Association
33 Harrison Avenue, Third Floor 
Boston MA 02111
Tel: 617-357-4499
Fax: 617-357-9611
justice@cpaboston.org

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
617-288-4443

Resources for Latinx Students

Centro Latino De Chelsea

267 Broadway
Chelsea, MA 02150
617-884-3238

251 Newbury St.

Boston, MA 02116
617-247-1818

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

of The Boston Bar Association
294 Washington St., Suite 443
Boston, MA 02108
617-482-1145

37 Temple Place

Boston, MA 02111
617-426-6633

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
617-624-8000
info@unitedwaymassbay.org

Vocero Hispano Newspaper

319 Broadway St.
Revere, MA
781-853-6133

Resources for Native American Students

Resources for Students of Color

P.O. Box 701

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

617-417-7456

4258 Washington St.

Roslindale, MA 02131

617-327-0313

P.O. Box 5094

Portsmouth, NH 03802

nhblackhistory@aol.com

14 Beacon St., Suite 719

Boston, MA 02108

617-725-0022

Boston MA 02111

617-426-8161

99 Chauncy St., Suite 310

Boston, MA 02111

617-542-2235

539 Tremont St., Suite 202

Boston, MA 02116

Tel: 617-292-7110

P.O. Box 831

Cambridge, MA 02139

617-661-9223

474 Brookline Ave.

Boston, MA 02215

617-730-3049

23 Drydock Ave.

Boston, MA 02210

617-261-4600