NIU, Trans Students Need a Voice!
The purpose of this petition is to request that the President of Northern Illinois University, Doug Baker, release a statement addressing the rescinding of the May 13, 2016 "Dear Colleague" letter by President Donald Trump. The "Dear Colleague" letter was written by the Department of Education under the Obama administration. It clarifies that transgender students are protected from discrimination under Title IX. We the undersigned believe that President Baker should affirm the equal protection of transgender students from identity-based discrimination at Northern Illinois University, and that transgender students should be included in the university's future decision-making processes on matters that affect their lives in an effort to bridge the divide between the administration and transgender students.