Atlanta, Georgia's very own Morehouse College has just given us another reason to praise their academic excellence. The nation's only historically black all male college will start accepting transgender men in the fall semester of the 2020 academic school year.
With this exciting new change comes a few stipulations. Morehouse states that their new trans policy will only apply to individuals who have identified as a male throughout their entire academic career.
Any man wanting to transition to woman in their time at Morehouse will no longer be eligible for enrollment. Students attending Morehouse are expected to identify as a man their entire time enrolled. Obviously, trans women will not be considered for consideration. Men who are already enrolled at Morehouse that identify as trans woman before 2020 will still be allowed to graduate.
“In a rapidly changing world that includes a better understanding of gender identity, we’re proud to expand our admissions policy to consider trans men who want to be part of an institution that has produced some of the greatest leaders in social justice, politics, business, and the arts for more than 150 years,” said Terrance Dixon, Morehouse vice president for enrollment management. “The ratification of this policy affirms the College’s commitment to develop men with disciplined minds who will lead lives of leadership and service.”
The policy was developed after 15 months of community engagement with faculty, staff, students and alumni, the release says. Morehouse President David A. Thomas created a task force that led the community engagement meetings.
Morehouse actually followed in the footsteps of their sister university, Spelman College, an all female HBCU, that introduced a similar rule for trans women in 2017.
According to Morehouse's newspaper, The Maroon Tiger, in 2013 the school began offering a course on black LGBTQ history and culture. We are happy to see that HBCUs are embracing LGBT students!