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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Ivy League students see gender identity policies in place

As of last month, all of the eight colleges and universities that comprise the Ivy League have elected to include gender identity and expression in their non-discrimination policies, according to the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition. At its September board meeting, Yale University became the final Ivy League school to include transgender students, faculty and staff in its policy.

The importance for companies hoping to recruit students from these and other institutions of higher learning is that young people are used to seeing diversity policies that include transgender people. Harvard even recently changed its online MBA application to include "male, female and transgender."

This is another acknowledgement of the increasing importance of diversity leadership in elite business corporations today, by institutions that provide executives to top business corporations worldwide. Those who run these schools think this is appropriate because it represents a realm of understanding important to future business leaders.

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