Trans-cending Space in Women’s Only Spaces

By Katherine Kraschel

When Cerri Banks started as Dean of Mount Holyoke College in fall of 2011, “assess[ing] the campus climate to see how it can better support diversity and inclusivity” was high on her list of priorities.  This is not surprising considering that Mount Holyoke College students hail from forty-eight states and seventy countries, and twenty percent of its student body is international citizens.  What some may find surprising, however, is that the newest dean of the oldest women’s college in the world wants to ensure an inclusive environment for non-women; among her priorities is making the campus more inclusive for transgender individuals.

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