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Campus Pride commends the Washington State community college system in being the first community and technical colleges to add optional LGBT identity question on registration form

Washington State Community Colleges follow the lead of Elmhurst College and University of Iowa in adding optional LGBT identity questions to registration/admission forms

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013 – Campus Pride commends Washington state community colleges in being the first system of community and technical colleges in the country to grant enrolling students the option of self-identifying on their registration form.

Students filling out the form for this fall will see two new questions: What is your sexual orientation? What is your gender identity? Each student may choose from six different options for each question or they can choose “prefer not to answer.”

The action was proposed by students as a measure to better understand the needs of LGBT populations as well as to be accountable to their academic success.

“Campus Pride believes colleges and universities must be aware of the diversity of all students in order to ensure a safe learning environment,” said Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director. “Right now colleges do not know the academic retention and success rates of LGBT students populations  — who encounter high rates of harassment, bias as well as encounter many high at-risk health concerns.  Every college has the responsibility to address these issues and the time is now.”

The move by Washington state community colleges follows similar actions to add option LGBT identity questions on the college admission form by University of Iowa, the first public university,  in doing so this January 2013 as well as Elmhurst College, the first private university, in August 2011. Campus Pride has worked with student leaders and administrators at these colleges to share the research and resources to make these decisions.

Every community and technical college in the state has agreed to the new questions. The information will be confidential and be utilizes for retention efforts and to improve academic success.  Learn more about what LGBT-friendly colleges are doing to create safer, more inclusive policies, programs and practices online at www.CampusPrideIndex.org

 

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