JOASH MENCIAS // NEWS EDITOR
The seed has been planted for the college to consider rewriting parts of its equal opportunity policies after a student’s comments during the Sept. 19 Board of Trustees meeting. Bradley Setter, president of Pride Alliance, spoke to the Board advocating for changes in the college’s nondiscrimination policies to be more inclusive of transgender individuals.
“In our policies, we include sexual orientation but we do not include gender identity,” Setter said at the meeting.
Setter is seeking the inclusion of gender identity and expression for both the college’s policies on equal opportunity, which he justified in his comments to the Board.
“Some of these people are my friends and my family…it’s import- ant to realize that transgender individuals are in our school, and that we need to be fighting for them.
During the meeting, Trustee Kim Savage voiced consideration to review the policies, which some of the other trustees seemed to agree to.
The college has not officially responded on the issue.While Setter has made the Board aware of the issue, he said it was just the start of the process in changing the policies:
“To go to the meeting and address the Board was the first step and now we’re working with different parts of the school…it’s just the start of the journey.”
In the end, Setter thinks there will be a policy change. “We’re such a diverse school, so the Board of Trustees would be wise to include (gender identity).”