NACAC Continues to Advocate for Transgender Students

Arlington, VA (Feb. 28, 2017) — The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) was one of 19 organizations to release a joint statement last week opposing the Trump administration’s decision to roll back federal protections for transgender students.

The statement represents NACAC’s latest effort to urge President Trump to reinstate federal guidance allowing students to use the bathroom or locker room that reflects their gender identity.

Revoking the guidance directly conflicts with NACAC’s Statement of Principles of Good Practice, which states that member organizations and individuals must “strive to eliminate bias within the education system based on ethnicity, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation, national origin, and disability.”

“Transgender students are much more likely than their peers to face harassment and discrimination at school, putting them at increased risk for suicide, self-harm and drug use,” the statement notes. “…Federal policy explicitly clarifying protections for transgender students is needed in order to ensure the protection of students’ civil rights in every single school in the country.”

View the full statement and read a related letter NACAC sent to President Trump regarding the rollback.  

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of nearly 16,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).

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