Smith College Q&A

Q: Trans women at Smith?
A: Trans women at Smith!
Fall 2014 Semester Meetings: Mondays from 6-7PM
in the Resource Center for Gender and Sexuality (basement of Haven-Wesley). These meetings are open to the Smith community and to trans women in the Pioneer Valley. You can join us at any point in the semester!

straylightjay:

10 questions to never ask a transgender person by Laura Jane Grace

(via disobedient-avocado)

September 26, 2014 // 4:30 - 6:00PM // Smith College Neilson Library Browsing Room  Join us for a discussion about policy reform and community change! Bring your questions as there will be a Q&A portion (we’re so punny). This event is part of Q&A’s preparations to meet with Admissions on October 2. Panel guests are trans women who attend schools in the Five College Consortium. This event is free and open to the public. For feedback, accomodations, and questions please email transwomenatsc@gmail.com
For more info on Smith’s exclusion policy visit smith-q-and-a.tumblr.com/faq 

September 26, 2014 // 4:30 - 6:00PM // Smith College Neilson Library Browsing Room  

Join us for a discussion about policy reform and community change! Bring your questions as there will be a Q&A portion (we’re so punny). This event is part of Q&A’s preparations to meet with Admissions on October 2. Panel guests are trans women who attend schools in the Five College Consortium. 

This event is free and open to the public. 

For feedback, accomodations, and questions please email transwomenatsc@gmail.com

For more info on Smith’s exclusion policy visit smith-q-and-a.tumblr.com/faq 

Friday 9/19 7-8pm: Trans and/or Non-binary and/or Genderqueer Student Caucus to Discuss Admissions Policy Reform at Smith College | Facebook

Open to all trans, genderqueer, and/or nonbinary Smithies + all trans women who attend schools in the Pioneer Valley 

Please signal boost so that we can get a good turnout! 

thepeoplesrecord:

fuckyeahanarchistbanners:

There Are No Prisons In A Queer Paradise // San Francisco, CA, USA // Free the gay shame 3

Prisons are for burning.

thepeoplesrecord:

fuckyeahanarchistbanners:

There Are No Prisons In A Queer Paradise // San Francisco, CA, USA // Free the gay shame 3

Prisons are for burning.

(via queerandpresentdanger)

Concerns about privacy have been raised regarding the trans student caucus (see previous post). If you are a trans and/or nonbinary student at Smith and feel uncomfortable attending, you can send your thoughts to jmcgourty@smith.edu using an anonymous email client (like this one). You can also use the anonymous ask feature on tumblr. We will ask that everything said within the discussion will not be shared with those who are not present. Please let us know if you have other concerns about making this conversation accessible to the whole community. 

In light of the recent events at Mount Holyoke and Mills College, a few Q&A members are planning a trans and non-binary student caucus to talk out a strategy for policy reform concerning trans men, non-binary and/or genderqueer students. Q&A members have avoided taking a stance on the admission of non-women at Smith in the past.

However, Q&A members will be meeting with the administration in early October (after they refused to meet with us prior these new policies at other colleges) and now recognize the need to have an answer to these questions. As we prepare to advocate for policy change, we want to open the conversation up to include the larger trans and non-binary communit(ies) at Smith, especially to people who have not worked with Q&A before.

** The student caucus will be CLOSED to cis people, OPEN to all trans, non-binary, and/or genderqueer Smith students, and OPEN to all trans women who attend schools in the Pioneer Valley. There will be no exceptions. To sign up for the caucus and participate in a Doodle poll to schedule it, please contact jmcgourty@smith.edu. Please help spread the word on campus and at other schools in the Valley. **

Doodle: Take Two: Weekly Q&A Meetings

Bryn Mawr College: An Open Letter to Bryn Mawr College, calling for the inclusion of Trans Women

“I just called the office of Alumnae relations at Smith College to express my disappointment that another seven sister was a leader in Women’s education, and not us, and put pressure on Smith to implement similar policies. I told them that until they take a proactive stance like MHC, i am withholding $$$. I encourage other Smithies to do the same! 1-800-526-2023 option #4.”

—    Facebook comment from Sasha Kaufmann

Mount Holyoke College made history today and opened its gates to all trans women regardless of gender documentation.

Smith, it’s time to do the right thing. 

Read Mount Holyoke’s statement here.