On Saturday, October 18 a group of students at Smith College met with the Board of Trustees to discuss the school’s refusal to adopt an admissions policy for transgender women. Students who attended the meeting told BuzzFeed News that the Board — which will be making the final decision on the issue — wants to take a full year to decide on whether or not to create a concrete admissions policy.
“Unfortunately, the Board revealed at this meeting that they see this as a matter of a difference of opinion between those who support trans womens’ inclusion and those who do not,” organizers told BuzzFeed News. “The first class of students who could apply to Smith under an inclusive policy would be 2020.”
The Smith Q&A student group organized a demonstration days ahead of the October 18 meeting. According to those present, many students from the college showed up who weren’t involved in the organization, and there were even some students from the surrounding Five Colleges consortium in Massachusetts.