Gender Identity & Expression
Transgender students, staff and faculty often have specific questions about gender diversity on campus, some of which are addressed below.
Is Smith still a women’s college?
In its mission and legal status, Smith is a women’s college. Smith is also a place where students are able to explore who they are in an open and respectful environment.
Does Smith have transgender students?
Absolutely. Smith has students, faculty and staff who are trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming. Smith students are here to engage with each other socially and academically in respectful ways, and our community values the range of identities that the student body represents.
How are transgender students supported at Smith?
Smith is actively working to expand support for transgender students. Some of the resources currently available include:
- The Resource Center for Sexuality and Gender
- The Office for Equity and Inclusion and its Trans/Nonbinary Working Group; contact the group at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Transcending Gender, a student organization focused on education and support
- Transgender Support Group run by Counseling Services
- More than 200 all-gender restrooms
- An all-gender locker room in the athletic facilities, with private showering and changing areas
How do recent federal actions affect transgender students, staff and faculty?
The October 2017 reversal of federal protections for gender identity under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act in no way affects Massachusetts law or Smith’s commitments to protecting its transgender and nonbinary employees and students from discrimination and harassment. The college stands by and affirms all aspects of its Notice of Nondiscrimination, and Smith will continue to consider any instance of gender-identity-based discrimination as a violation of our policies and principles.
Admission to Smith
Who is eligible to apply to Smith?
People who identify as women—cis, trans and nonbinary women—are eligible to apply to Smith.
What is required of trans and nonbinary women applicants to be considered for admission?
Smith’s policy is one of self-identification. The applicant’s affirmation of identity is sufficient.