Expanding the Circle Conference
Intersectionality and Social Justice Student, Northern Illinois University (NIU)
Romeo Jackson is a senior at Northern Illinois University (NIU) studying Intersectionality and Social Justice. Romeo was named to the 2014 Young People For (YP4) fellowship class, and spent time in Washington, DC, serving as a Victory Congressional Intern in the House of Representatives for Congresswoman Gwen Moore. Romeo currently serves as a policy intern with the National Center for Transgender Equality. Romeo is passionate about intersectional justice, empowerment of queer and trans people of color, and cross-movement coalition building.
Given the disproportionate rates of poverty and lack of access to health care for transgender people, particularly trans women of color, this project will seek to expand health care services for medically transitioning people at NIU through a racial and economic justice lens. This project will radically and systemically improve the quality and quantity of health care services for transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary people through the following: benchmarking and researching other universities policies; actively collaborating with NIU health services and student health insurance administrators to identify ways services and coverage can be expanded to include transition, educational workshops for NIU health care professionals, and workshops to empower self-advocacy of transgender people.