10 June 2021
SOAS University of London has started a year-long consultancy with Gendered Intelligence to create a trans, non-binary and intersex inclusion policy for its staff and students.
As a trans led charity working to increase understandings of gender diversity and improve the lives of trans people since 2008, Gendered Intelligence draws on extensive trans and non-binary knowledge and experience with developing similar policies to inform this process.
This policy will be produced with the voluntary engagement of trans/nonbinary/intersex staff and students, the Students Union and the student group Trans* Dignity, working with key stakeholders across the University.
Gendered Intelligence will:
- Facilitate an engagement process with trans/non-binary/intersex students and staff, to gather input
- Draft the policy text using input received during the engagement process
- Consult with key stakeholders to inform redrafting and finalisation of the proposed policy
Sophie Dodsworth, SOAS Coordinator of the policy said:
"I'm very pleased to be working with Gendered Intelligence and I'm grateful to the Trans*Dignity at SOAS student campaign for all their work bringing us to this point. I hope the new trans inclusion policy and the actions that follow from it will make SOAS a safer and more welcoming place for people of all genders. I'd like to encourage all trans, non-binary, and intersex students and staff who feel able to come forward when we begin the initial consultation in the new academic year - our voices need to be at the center of this work."
Andrea Cornwall, Chair of the Equalities and Diversity Committee said:
“I’m delighted to see this process underway and for the opportunity for SOAS to benefit from the expertise of Gendered Intelligence in facilitating a trans-led policy process, working with our trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming and intersex staff and students. I’d especially like to acknowledge Trans*Dignity, the Students’ Union and UCU for the role they’ve played in helping make this a priority for SOAS.”