National Coming Out Day!

TomorrowOctober 11th, is National Coming Out Day.
To celebrate, I’m coming out with some information that will be helpful as you work with LGBTQ+ students in the college search process.
First, the Gender Unicorn is the most up-to-date visual to better understand gender identity, gender expression, sex assigned at birth, and physical and emotional attachment. It’s important to recognize the differences between these terms as we work with students!
Next, the Campus Pride Index Trans Clearinghouse has lists and links of colleges that have nondiscrimination policies that include gender identity/ expression, gender-inclusive housing, trans-inclusive athletic policies, LGBTQ+ Identity questions on admission forms, Women’s college policies, Record changing lists, and medical related resources. It’s a great resource, and is not trans* exclusive.
Finally, there are MANY scholarship organizations that are out there (and several Universities that offer scholarships for students, as well), but I wanted to draw attention to the Point Foundation. For students that are out, and willing to share their story, it has done great things in the community. Today, I applied to be a reader for the Foundation, and I encourage you to do the same if you have an interest in this population.
 As a shameless plus, this information is a small slice of what the OACAC Inclusion, Access and Success (IAS) committee provides for professionals.  If you are interested in being a part of the conversation related to diversity and equity issues, I encourage you to visit http://oacac.org/join-committee/ and check out IAS.
Best,
Charlie Runyan
Westerville South High School
IAS Chair
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