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Elmhurst College First to Ask Incoming Students’ Sexual Orientation

Elmhurst College is your typical Midwestern college. Affiliated with the United Church of Christ, the school has more than 100 student organizations on campus, including Greek organizations, honor societies, and religious organizations. However, Elmhurst College recently did something that makes it unique and different from every other college in the USA: it began asking incoming students about their sexual orientation.

The school started putting the optional question on its college application: “Would you consider yourself a member of the LGBT community?” The school is doing this in order to achieve its “diversity goals.”

“We took this step in an effort to better serve each of our students as a unique person,” said S. Alan Ray, the president of the school. “It also allows us to live out our commitments to cultural diversity, social justice, mutual respect among all persons, and the dignity of every individual. These are among the core values of this institution. They provide the foundation for all our academic, student and community programs.”

The school’s Dean of Admission, Gary Rold, also feels that this is a step in the right direction of making students feel more comfortable and accepted on the school’s campus.

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