Students who self-identify as men will be admitted to Morehouse College, an African-American university for black men based in Atlanta, beginning in the Fall 2020 semester, the Board of Trustees announced Friday.
“The Gender Identity Policy will allow individuals who self-identify as men regardless of the sex assigned to them at birth to be considered for admission in the nation’s only historically black university for men,” school officials said in a statement.
The Gender Identity Admissions and Matriculation Policy applies to all students who enroll in Morehouse College by the Fall 2020 semester. This policy will not impact all students who were enrolled before the Fall 2020 semester, school officials said. The new strategy was developed after 15 months of community engagement with faculty, staff, students, and alumni led by Morehouse President Dr. David Thomas.
“In a rapidly expanding world that includes a better understanding of gender identity, we are proud to expand our admissions policy to consider transmen who want to be part of the institution that has produced some of the greatest leaders in social justice, politics, business, and the arts for more than 150 years,” said Terrance Dixon, vice president for Enrollment Management.
Morehouse alumni include Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General, Jeh Johnson, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, and Shelton “Spike” Lee, Academy Award-winning filmmaker.
Founded in 1867, Morehouse enrolls approximately 2,200 students.