about possible federal changes to Title IX and federal interpretations of sex and gender inclusivity has raised a number of questions about how colleges will work to support students on campuses nationwide.
While such a rule is not currently in effect and has yet to be formally proposed, I, along with my colleagues in the Dean of the College Division, write to reaffirm that Colgate is steadfast in our commitment to maintaining existing policies that are designed to support our trans community. We will continue our inclusive practices, policies, and support regardless of changes that may be made to Title IX guidance.
Currently, Colgate offers gender-neutral housing options, gender-inclusive bathrooms, registrar-recognized personal pronouns and names, access to trans-related healthcare through health services and related insurance coverage, as well as staff and programming resources through our Office of LGBTQ+ Initiatives. These programs and services will remain unchanged.
In addition, Colgate offers classes through the LGBTQ Studies Program, including the opportunity to pursue a minor. Students may engage academically through a variety of disciplinary lenses like LGBT 241/EDUC 241 Queering Education or SOCI 220 Gender, Sexuality and Society. The LGBTQ Studies Program also maintains an Advisory Committee comprised of faculty and staff.
Colgate offers Safe Zone training, a two-hour long seminar that provides an educational environment to learn about and discuss sexuality, gender, and LGBTQ+ topics such as coming out, pronouns, and allyship. Activities and discussions are meant to engage participants in conversations that could improve not only individual understanding but also the lives of LGBTQ+ folks around them. We have two upcoming sessions for Safe Zone Training on November 9 from 7 -9 p.m. and December 5 from 7 -9 p.m. If you are interested in participating, please click here
We are unwavering in our support of our trans and non-binary communities, and we will continue to monitor the national discussion and any possible future legislative action at the federal level.
With warmest regards,
Tiffany Lane, MSW
Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives