Beginning in Fall 2018, Spelman College will admit transgender women. Spelman is a four-year, historically Black, liberal arts women’s college located in Atlanta, Georgia.
In a letter from September 5, 2017, Spelman’s president Mary S. Campbell stated the following, “Like same-sex colleges all over the country, Spelman is taking into account evolving definitions of gender identity in a changing world and taking steps to ensure that our policies and plans reflect those changes in a manner that is consistent with our mission and the law.”
Reactions to the college’s decision has been overwhelmingly positive. The only other historically Black, women’s college–Bennett College in Greensboro, NC has also changed their policy to admit transgender women.