ICYMI: NACAC Advocates for Transgender Students

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NACAC CEO Joyce Smith expressed strong opposition last week to the Trump administration’s decision to roll back federal protections that allow students to use the school bathroom that reflects their gender identity.

The move directly conflicts with NACAC’s Statement of Principles of Good Practice, which states that member organizations and individuals must “strive to eliminate bias within the education system based on ethnicity, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation, national origin, and disability.”

In her letter to President Trump, Smith said she was concerned that rescinding the protections may jeopardize the educational and/or professional aspirations of students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

Students who are subjected to unfair treatment are at risk of underperforming academically and may abandon their education altogether, Smith noted in her letter.

See the full letter and check out NACAC member Brad Ward’s tips for supporting transgender students in the college admission process.

Admitted writer/editor Mary Stegmeir welcomes additional comments and story ideas at mstegmeir@nacacnet.org.

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