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DCCCD considering transgender policy
PROTECTING EVERYONE | A DCCCD student studies on a bench outside El Centra Community College
in Downtown Dallas. El Centra is part of the Dallas County Community College District, which is consider-
ing adding protections for transgenders to its nondiscrimination policy. (David Taffet/Dallas Voice)
College district would become
second in state to add protections
DAVID TAFFET I Staff Writer
On Tuesday, Oct. 4, Dallas County Community
College District board of trustees was briefed in
closed-door session about adding gender identity
and expression to its nondiscrimination policy.
Hie district already has protection based on
If the board votes to approve the change,
DCCCD would become only the second commu-
nity college in Texas to add gender identity and
expression to its nondiscrimination policies. San
Jacinto College, with three campuses based in
Pasadena, east of Houston, is currently the only
two-year college in the state to offer those protec-
Resource Center Dallas Communications and
Advocacy Manager Rafael McDonnell said he has
been talking to DCCCD Trustee Diana Flores
since spring about adding transgender protec-
tions, and had hope the changes would be in
place for the fall semester.
But the issue was not added to the agenda at
the September meeting as hoped. Flores expected
it to be on the consent agenda at the October
meeting. Instead the board received a briefing,
McDonnell said he didn't think the policy
would have a problem passing, and that the brief-
ing was about how to implement the change.
He said he hopes the policy would come up at
next month's meeting and be in place by the start
of the spring semester.
DCCCD is the largest school in Texas, with
72,000 students in seven colleges on 13 campuses.
The school employs: 7,200 full- and part-time fac-
ulty staff and administrators.
The district is governed by a board of trustees
who are elected for six-year terms and serve with-
McDonnell said Hores, one of the seven elected
trustees, has been the champion of adding trans-
The University of Texas at Austin website lists
55 community colleges or community college dis-
tricts in Texas. Just six of those districts have
nondiscrimination policies that specifically in-
In addition to DCCCD and San Jacinto College,
Tarrant County College, Austin Community Col-
lege, Houston Community College and Lone Star
College System in North Harris and Montgomery
Counties north of Houston offer protection based
on sexual orientation.
Collin County Gay and Lesbian Alliance has
approached Collin County Community College
in the past about adding LGBT protections to its
nondiscrimination policy, but the school has not
With the growing LGBT population in the sub-
urbs north of Dallas, McDonnell thought that
school would be one of the next to add protections.
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