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March 21, 2007
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EMU Regents add gender identity to non-discrimination policies

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University’s Board of Regents approved the addition of gender identity to its non-discrimination policies at its regular meeting March 20.

“Inclusion of gender identity or expression in the University’s non-discrimination clauses reinforces EMU’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and will send a clear message to students, prospective students, faculty and staff that all people are entitled to full protection regardless of their gender identity or expression,” said John Fallon, president of EMU.

“This vote by the Board of Regents sends a clear message to the campus community that all of our students, faculty and staff members are not only valued, but worthy of our support, said Kate Brindle, program coordinator of the University’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center. “I would like to thank the Board of Regents for displaying their commitment to diversity.”

“As a student at Eastern, I am thrilled that the board is showing such a strong commitment to diversity and that as an institution we’re recognizing the importance of inclusion,” said Greg Varnum, LGBT representative for the EMU student leader group.

The addition of gender identity language will be added to the preamble of the bylaws of the EMU Board of Regents, the EMU Civil Rights policy and the EMU Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action policy.

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