Board of Trustees Update: Transgender Admission Discussion

Posted: October 22, 2014

Dear Scripps College Community Members,

As a follow-up to my September community message regarding ongoing conversations about updating the admission policy to address gender identity regardless of sex assigned at birth, I write to share information from the October Board of Trustees Meeting.

From October 9-11, 2014, trustees met on campus for committee meetings of the Board, and the Board Meeting. The weekend agenda included several sessions designed to expand board members’ understanding of transgender issues.

The Board is extremely grateful to Scripps Professor Nancy Williams; Adriana di Bartolo, director of the Queer Resource Center (QRC); representatives of Scripps Associated Students (SAS); and members of our alumnae community for sharing their insights and perspectives as part of a series of educational presentations.

Dr. di Bartolo met with the Student Affairs Committee of the Board, providing context for understanding gender expression, sexual orientation, and the transgender student population at The Claremont Colleges. The Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion’s discussion was informed by updates on transgender admissions policy conversations underway on campus and among alumnae. Professor Nancy Williams shared her journey and reflections on being a transgender woman in a candid and enlightening conversation with the Board.

These discussions, along with materials provided in advance of the meeting, will be immensely helpful to the Board as the trustees consider amending the admission policy of the College. The Board will continue engaging in discussions about transgender admissions over the next several months with the goal of reaching a conclusion by the end of the school year.

Under our established governance processes, the Board of Trustees is the decision-making body for any admissions policy change. The trustees are committed to a policy that reflects Scripps’ core values and a process that ensures all constituencies’ voices are represented and respected.

Lori Bettison-Varga

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