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!

Q&A members are meeting with Admissions on Thursday. Fingers crossed!

Remember to stop by the Browsing Room in Neilson Library tomorrow at 4:30 for a panel featuring Five College trans women discussing the inclusion of trans women at Smith. *no photography please* 

(Fb event here) 

smith-q-and-a:

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 

this is tomorrow!

smith-q-and-a:

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 

this is tomorrow!

Handout for the audience at our panel, this Friday at 4:30PM in the Neilson Browsing Room at Smith College. We’re still looking for more speakers, contact us at transwomenatsc@gmail.com. 

Support the inclusion of trans women at womens’ colleges

Smith Q&A invites you to read the following phone script to any/all of the following Smith College officials. Every call counts!

Deb Shaver, Dean of Admission - (413) 585-2500

Audrey Smith, VP of Enrollment - (800) 383-3232

Rebecca Lindsey, Secretary of the Board of Trustees – (413) 585-2105

Hello! My name is (your name), from (name of your organization)*, and I’m calling regarding your admissions policy for trans women applicants. While your provisional policy requests matching gender markers and pronouns in recommendation letters and transcripts, it does not account for the economic and social conditions many young trans women live under. Many school districts do not allow trans students to update the gender markers on their school records, and only a handful of states have issued guidelines for these situations. Less than half of trans high schoolers are able to change their school records to comply with your policy. Because schools are such dangerous places for trans girls, many are not comfortable being “out” at school or asking to change their records at all, and this is especially true for low-income trans girls and trans girls of color. Even those who are out in their schools and communities are not guaranteed supportive teachers who will consent to write recommendation letters with proper names and pronouns. For all these reasons, and more, it’s important that Smith’s policy regarding transgender women applicants moves towards one of self-identification, like the new policies at Mount Holyoke and Mills College. Womanhood does not reside in school records! Once again, my name is (your name), and I thank you for your time and your consideration.


*The inclusion of your organization’s title denotes to Smith officials that this issue is one that concerns people from all over the state of Massachusetts and beyond! (If you do not affiliate with any company or non-profit, please disregard.)

AND/OR:

Demand policy change by email: 

Dean of Admission (dshaver@smith.edu)

VP of Enrollment (ays@smith.edu)

Secretary of the Board of Trustees (rlindsey@smith.edu)

If you need help with this, contact us.  

 

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

lungbox:

smith-q-and-a:

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! 

FUCK i missed this

no wait! we are having more caucus conversations because an hour was not enough, you can still email transwomenatsc@gmail.com to sign up :) 

tobitastic:

amydentata:

sandyfarquhar:

“In my early twenties, I was dating a trans woman who in some ways still had a male body whose body I projected maleness and masculinity onto because of my own prejudice. I was very attracted to her, and she was absolutely a woman, but part of me was like if I’m attracted to this anatomically male body, does that mean that I could be interested in men? using her in a really creepy way as an avatar of maleness and masculinity, completely contradicting what I just said. I don’t want this to be interpreted as I dated a trans woman so I could be into men, but I feel that there’s a blurriness that happens with trans people that’s exactly what I’m saying and it’s fucked up. For some people that blur their prejudice opens things up butts up against reality and calls things the tip of the iceberg regarding their own gender issues into question, things that could otherwise be rigid identities they should talk to a therapist about instead of using trans people as an objectified representation of their own internalized binarist gender issues.

— Ariel Schrag, author of Adam, in her interview with The Rumpus

Much clearer now!

(Source: odofemi)

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!