In a HUGE step towards transgender awareness, equality, and inclusiveness, Spelman College, one of the nation’s most prestigious women’s colleges, has decided to open their doors to the applications of transgender women and they are encouraged to applyfor the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year!
On September 5th, President Mary Schmidt Campbell sent out a letter to students, faculty, and staff announcing its new admissions policy. The letter expressed that the college will begin considering the applications of“women students including students who consistently live and self-identify as women, regardless of their gender assignment at birth” for admission into the prestigious school. She also took a moment to point out that if a woman is admitted into the college and transitions to a male throughout her matriculation, they would be allowed to continue attending and, later on, graduate from the Spelman. However, the letter made sure to clarify that they would not be accepting any male students regardless of the gender they were assigned at birth, which includes trans male students and cisgender male students. It can also be understood from the letter that housing accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis as they believe all students are entitled to a safe living environment, and in an effort to implement the new policy smoothly, the college plans to initiate a committee that will analyze and consider the impact of the new policy on the campus.
When the Historically Black College & University (HBCU), one of the nation’s most prominent single-gender institutions, made the decision, it sparked both speculation and debate on social media and amongst alumni. Some blasted the college for its decision while others called it a form of positive change and progress.
“I am as proud of Spelman College as I was the first moment I set foot on campus more than 25 years ago.” - Charmagne Helton, 1994 Graduate
Spelman joins the only other all-female HBCU, Bennett College, and at least 7 predominantly white institutions (PWIs) that have already moved to allow transgender women to apply within recent years.
If you are interested in applying to Spelman College, the application deadline is February 1, 2018, but the early decision deadline is November 1, 2017. You can access the application by clicking here.