How Should Colleges Ask About Students’ Sexual Orientation?

…Identifying LGBT applicants can be a legitimate institutional goal for many reasons. Before asking a question about LGBT status on the application, however, institutions should determine their specific reason(s) for asking and they must plan to clearly communicate that purpose to applicants, along with the fact that the question is optional. Otherwise, despite institutions’ best intentions, for future generations of prospective students for whom LGBT status will carry less and less stigma, the answer to “are you gay?” on a college admission application is very likely to be “it’s none of your business.” <Read more.>

Via Tammy R. Johnson, The Chronicle of Higher Ed.


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