An Inclusive Whitman

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In 2010, Dean of Students Chuck Cleveland introduced a proposal that attempted to make Whitman more trans inclusive. In order to meet student needs, Cleveland asked for advice from both GLBTQ and Coalition Against Homophobia as to how Whitman can make itself a more open and affirming environment. Cleveland pointed out that “Thirty years ago, it was often middle-aged people making the transition, but now many more people are transitioning at a younger age. It’s important that Whitman is welcoming and supportive of everyone.” The proposal helped to ready Whitman for the admission of more transgender students in the coming years and is indicative of a general support amongst Whitman’s administration.


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“An Inclusive Whitman,” Whitman College Archives, accessed March 20, 2023,