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As the national conversation coalesces around transgender non-discrimination policies—and specifically, how those policies impact transgender students—many schools have been making a point to reiterate their commitment to equal treatment. In this regard, Indiana’s top post-secondary institutions stand out. Most explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and expression, and some even go several steps further.

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"No matter how the political winds shift, Indiana State stands for inclusion." Indiana State University

 

Indiana State University has made a recent effort to raise student and public awareness about university policies aimed at protecting students.

In fact, ISU’s Vice President for Student Affairs, Willie Banks Jr., said that the Trump Administration’s rollback of guidance on how transgender students should be treated under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 specifically pushed the University to publicize its policy more widely.  

“No matter how the political winds shift, Indiana State stands for inclusion. We offer support to our diverse student body, so they feel connected to their communities and can thrive on campus and academically. Further, we aim to enhance intercultural competency and actively work with and for all Indiana State students to embrace our differences.” –ISU VP for Student Affairs Willie Banks Jr.

Banks says he wants it to be clear to everyone that ISU will not tolerate discrimination of any kind.

“No matter how the political winds shift, Indiana State stands for inclusion,” he says. “We offer support to our diverse student body, so they feel connected to their communities and can thrive on campus and academically. Further, we aim to enhance intercultural competency and actively work with and for all Indiana State students to embrace our differences.”


"The University of Evansville continues to try and create a diverse learning community." University of Evansville

The University of Evansville goes even further than most universities in its effort to protect transgender students by offering gender neutral housing. From the school’s gender neutral housing FAQ:

“The University is committed to providing realistic and supportive options for gender neutral housing. This can be beneficial for students in the process of discovering and developing their identity with respect to sex, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation. This also adds to the diversity of the University of Evansville residential experience.”

“Through mindful collaboration, diligence, and dialog, the University of Evansville continues to try and create and withstand a diverse learning community, one in which we can model leadership that moves us beyond tolerance, but instead to an understanding of our global humanity and a respect for diversity and all of its facets,” she says. “This includes the thoughtfulness and consideration of a person’s internal sense of being male, female, or something else as well allowing campus members to communicate through their behavior who they want to be, all while celebrating our differences.” –Evansville University Chief Diversity Officer LaNeeça Williams

And Evansville’s Chief Diversity Officer LaNeeça Williams said that promoting diversity is a “fundamental component” of the school’s commitment to academic excellence.

“Through mindful collaboration, diligence, and dialog, the University of Evansville continues to try and create and withstand a diverse learning community, one in which we can model leadership that moves us beyond tolerance, but instead to an understanding of our global humanity and a respect for diversity and all of its facets,” she says.

“This includes the thoughtfulness and consideration of a person’s internal sense of being male, female, or something else as well allowing campus members to communicate through their behavior who they want to be, all while celebrating our differences.”