Non-discrimination policies set to include gender identity
College of DuPage is set to include language in its equal employment and non-discrimination policies aimed at protecting transgender individuals.
Revised drafts of policies 15-5, 15-10 and 20-5 were presented for first reading at last Thursday’s board of trustees meeting. If passed, these policies will officially prohibit harassment and discrimination on the basis of “gender identity and expression” at COD.
Bradley Setter, president of COD’s Pride Alliance, told the trustees last Thursday he was “glad and proud” about the inclusion of gender identity in the policies.
Trustee Kim Savage, who has advocated for the issue, credited Setter for bringing it to the attention of the board. Savage also thanked members of the administration for re-writing the policies.
The policies are expected to come up for a vote in next month’s board meeting.
Breuder pushes for community college bachelor’s degrees
President Robert Breuder spoke from the podium at last Thursday’s board of trustees meeting to discuss the idea of allowing Illinois community colleges to provide baccalaureate degrees.
Breuder is advocating for state legislation that would make four-year degrees a reality at College of DuPage.
“The moment is right now…to follow what 22 other states have already done,” he said in reference to other states who have approved community colleges to offer baccalaureate degrees.
Breuder noted the college would focus on specific “career programming” degrees such as nursing, information technology and manufacturing.
The president echoed comments he made in September when he told The Courier four-year degrees would launch “community colleges in the stadium of a whole other world.”