Spelman College has revised its enrollment policies to allow transgender women to attend the renowned black women’s college.
The new policy will be inclusive of “students who consistently live and self-identify as women, regardless of their gender assignment at birth” and will become effective in Fall 2018 according to a letter sent from the Spelman President Mary S. Campbell read.
“Like same-sex colleges all over the country, Spelman is taking into account evolving definitions of gender identity in a changing world and taking steps to ensure that our policies and plans reflect those changes in a manner that is consistent with our mission and the law,” read the letter which was disseminated among the student body on Tuesday.
In the past four years, eight women’s colleges have revised admissions policies to allow prospective students who are transgender to apply. Among those colleges are Wellesley, Bryn Mawr, Smith and Barnard.
“In adopting this admissions policy, Spelman continues its fervent belief in the power of the Spelman Sisterhood,” the note continued. “Students who choose Spelman 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.”
Transgender activist Raquel Willis hailed the school’s decision on Twitter on Wednesday.
Let's honor the legacy of trans folks who navigated Spelman prior to now. They did what they needed to earn the education they deserved.
— Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_) September 6, 2017
Twitter users and Spelman students had mixed reactions to the news, but a couple of people were moved by the Atlanta college’s historic move.
Wow, Spelman is now admitting Trans-women. I'm so proud of my HBCU.
— Eyerusalem (@_eyerusalem) September 5, 2017
Women of trans-experience can now apply and be accepted to Spelman College! I'm literally in TEARS right now!!! Wow wow wow! pic.twitter.com/7SWMqGYGYW
— Jauan T. (@PrinceJauan) September 5, 2017