After receiving more than 4,000 petition signatures calling for Massachusetts’s Smith College to treat trans women applicants equally in the admissions process, Dean of Admissions Debra Shaver announced that a committee will be formed to address issues related to admissions for trans women applicants.
The on-campus group Smith Q&A created the petition after Smith’s Office of Admissions refused to consider the application of Calliope Wong, a transgender high school student, simply because the gender marker on her Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) was listed as male.
“No young woman should be denied the opportunity to learn simply because of who she is,” said GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz. “That Smith is having this discussion and listening to the community is a positive step, but the school still needs to ensure that no transgender woman is denied the chance to apply. Then, Smith will once again be blazing trails for women and setting an example for educational institutions everywhere.”