Harvard Includes Transgenders in Discrimination Policy

April 13, 2006 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Harvard University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the nation, has announced that it will be adding gender identity to its non-discrimination policy protecting students and faculty.

An announcement from the Human Rights Campaign points out that Harvard’s inclusion of gender identity means that half of the Ivy League schools now have gender identity in their non-discrimination policies, including Brown University, Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese said in the announcement, “By ensuring protection for all students and staff, Harvard is continuing its centuries-long tradition of advancing understanding and nurturing national leaders.”

Solmonese said the policy change will align the University with workplaces many students may join after graduation, pointing out that Raytheon Co. is just 15 minutes away. Raytheon expanded its equal employment opportunity policy to include transgender and transsexual employees last August (See Raytheon Includes Transgender and Transsexual Workers in Policy).