Morehouse College to Admit Transgender Students
The Morehouse College Board of Trustees on Saturday approved a new policy to admit transgender students who self-identify as men, regardless of the sex assigned to them at birth. Individuals who identify as non-binary or gender non-conforming will also eligible for admission. The HBCU also stated that they would continue to use masculine pronouns, the language of brotherhood, and other gendered language that reflects its mission. “In a rapidly changing world that includes a better understanding of gender identity, we’re proud to expand our admissions policy to consider trans men who want to be part of an institution that has produced some of the greatest leaders in social justice, politics, business, and the arts for more than 150 years,” said Terrance Dixon, Morehouse’s VP for Enrollment Management. Despite Morehouse’s landmark decision, some students and alumni say the new policy is not as inclusive as it seems. The new guidelines do not allow for individuals who identify as women to be considered for admission to the all-male school, and students who transition from male to female will no longer be eligible to graduate; exemptions to the new policy will be determined by a three-person committee whose decisions can only be reversed by the university's President. Morehouse is the latest HBCU to revisit its admission policies for transgender students, and it is the first all-male college in the U.S. to adopt a transgender policy. Spelman College, its sister institution and an all-women HBCU, enacted a new gender identity policy for students in 2017. More here.