Spelman College to Consider Admitting Transgender Students

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Officials at Spelman college are working to convene a strategic task force that will provide recommendations on whether the school will begin admitting and enrolling transgender students.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, college President Mary Schmidt Campbell announced the news in a welcome back letter to students and staff Thursday, in addition to posting it on the private school’s webpage.

“Ingrid Hayes, vice president for Enrollment Management will convene a task force that makes a recommendation to the president on the admission and enrollment of transgender students,” Campbell’s letter read.

In her announcement, the college president also noted the creation of a separate task force dedicated to developing a “a set of protocols and procedures for students, faculty and staff to follow in the event of an emergency.”

Reports from both committees are expected by the end of the academic school year.

The all-female, historically Black college is the latest to take a step toward inclusion of trans students. The AJC reports that other all-female institutions, dubbed The Seven Sisters Association, have already put policies in place to admit those students.

Campbell’s letter also announced a series of special events taking place at the school this year, including a voter registration drive, a President’s Book Circle, and a colloquium on gun violence.

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