The president of Spelman has created a task force to decide whether or not transgender applicants can be admitted to the all-women’s college.
In a welcome back letter to the campus, President Mary Schmidt Campbell stated her task force plans.
In national rankings we continue to gain ground. Spelman ranked No. 1 among the 10 historically Black colleges and universities with the highest four-year graduation rates. The College was also ranked the No.1 HBCU on Forbes 2016 list of America’s best colleges. Spelman holds the No. 2 spot for the Peace Corps top volunteer producing HBCUs, and the College’s Wellness Center was named to the Great Value College’s list of 20 Great Recreation Centers at Small Colleges.
Two important task forces will be at work this year. A task force on emergency planning, chaired by Dr. Darnita Killian, C’79, vice president for Student Affairs. She will work with Public Safety and other stakeholders to develop a set of protocols and procedures for students, faculty and staff to follow in the event of an emergency. 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. We anticipate a report from both groups by the end of the academic year.
Spelman isn’t the first all-women’s college to consider transgender students. Barnard College in New York City has already allowed transgender students.
Clutchettes, do you think transgender students should be allowed at Spelman?