Illinois' Elmhurst College will make history by becoming the first school to invite prospective students to identify themselves as LGBT on entrance applications. Follow the jump to hear why the school's director of admission thinks its a great idea, and chime in the comments to let us know if you agree.
Elhumrst is America's first institute of higher-education to provide a demographic question covering sexual orientation and gender identity on its application. According to CampusPride, the decision marks an active choice by the campus to recruit students from the LGBT community.
The application will not force students to answer the question, as it's stated as follows:
“Would you consider yourself to be a member of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community?” Answers include: “Yes,” “No,” or “Prefer not to say.”
Says Director of Admission Christine Grenier, “In words and action, Elmhurst College stands by our commitment to welcome and affirm all persons with respect to race, ethnicity, class, gender, religion, faith perspective, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression into the full life of the college,” said Christine Grenier, Elmhurst College associate director of Admission. “Being able to reach out to LGBT students intentionally will allow us to connect to students earlier, help ease the transition to college and provide valuable resources on campus.”
How do you feel about Elmhurst's changes to its prospective student applications?
(Source and image source: CampusPride)