27 Aug '11, 12pm

Elmhurst College Asks Students to Self-Identify as LGBT - Care2.com (blog)

Elmhurst College Asks Students to Self-Identify as LGBT - Care2.com (blog)

When I first read the news that Elmhurst College in Illinois is including an item on their entrance application asking students to self identify as LGBT, my back went up. I am such a strong supporter of all things LGBT, and yet I am not so sure about this one. I can see that the administrators want to ensure a welcoming and inclusive environment, but asking an eighteen-year-old to permanently identify his or her sexual orientation is not, perhaps, the best way to accomplish this. Some already have figured it out, but many students in this age group of are still working on it. Administrators say it is a way to hook students up with services and scholarships that they might otherwise miss. “We ask a lot of questions in admissions, so we thought, why not ask about this too?” Gary Rold, Elmhurst’s dean of admission, told the Chronicle of Higher Eduation in an article about thi...

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