In this political climate of intolerance, one HBCU is making strides in society and inclusion.
Spelman College announced that transgender women would now be admitted to the school, reshaping the history of the acclaimed institution.
In a statement by the college’s president, Mary Schmidt Campbell, the new Policy will continue to extend one of Spelman’s goals in advocating inclusivity.
“In adopting this admissions policy, Spelman continues its fervent belief in the power of the Spelman Sisterhood,” Campbell’s statement read. “Students who choose Spelman to come to our campus prepared to participate in a women’s college that is academically and intellectually rigorous and affirms its core mission as the education and development of high-achieving black women.”
The new admissions policy will take effect for students enrolling for the 2018-2019 school year. Women who self-identify as men will not be able to register at Spelman, but female students who are already enrolled and want to transition will still be able to continue their academic career.
This innovative change couldn't come at a better time. The Black transgender community often feels left out of the Black civil-rights conversation. Hopefully, this policy will help build a more tolerant society and ignite inclusion for the disenfranchised.