Elmhurst College To Ask Prospective Students About Sexual Orientation

Wait, don’t get your panties in a bunch, this is actually a good thing. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Elmhurst College, the small liberal arts college in Illinois, will become the first college in the nation to ask prospective students about their sexual orientation. The one line, “Would you consider yourself to be a member of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) community?” has been added to the application, and student have to option to answer “yes,” “no,” or “prefer not to answer.” Why would they do this? Why kind of diabolical discrimination plot is this school planning? I’m sure you’ll be surprised to learn, there is no nefarious plot behind this question, as a matter of fact their are some extraordinarily positive aspects to answering the question.

Those who answer “yes” may be eligible for a scholarship worth up to one-third of tuition, not unusual because about 60 percent of incoming students receive some type of scholarship aid, Rold [Gary Rold, Dean of Admissions] said. More importantly, he said, knowing students’ sexual orientation will help officials direct incoming students toward services or groups that might help them make an easier transition to college life.

Bravo Emlhurst College! This goes to prove that social change continues to begin with our universities and colleges.

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