Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly
Gender identity is a complex matter, and the national discourse on this subject is evolving. In our view, as the leading women’s college, our responsibility is to contribute to the conversation in ways that are inclusive, constructive, and meaningful to members of our own community and to the community at large. We are approaching the discussion of gender fluidity and transgender experience with sensitivity, and in a way that reflects our values and mission. I have appointed an advisory group to evaluate the College's current policies and practices, and we are hosting a range of community events, programs, and activities to explore what it means to be a women’s college at a time when ideas about gender are becoming more fluid. By exploring these issues in depth together, we will determine how to best meet the changing needs of our community as a whole.
I am proud to be part of the Wellesley community where people feel free to share their views and argue for their convictions—a community that has always been proud of all its students and alums.
This campus exploration began at the start of the semester with President Bottomly’s Convocation address, Being a Women’s College in the 21st Century.