The Kansas City Star reports:
Five months after racist and anti-gay graffiti appeared in restrooms at
, the college’s trustees quietly added sexual orientation to the institution’s nondiscrimination policy. Johnson County Community College
The action at a hastily called special board meeting Monday night surprised even proponents of the change and drew criticism from a trustee who opposed the revision.
Trustees approved the policy change during the open portion of the meeting, though it was also discussed in a closed-door executive session.
“The meeting was a surprise,” said Kami Day, an associate professor at the college who had advocated that the policy be changed to protect gender identity.
“It’s a step, and a huge improvement.”
It probably would have been better for all concerned if the vote hadn't been hurried, but you can’t fault any organization for voting against discrimination.
Hooray for the college’s Board of Trustees for understanding the importance of treating all people fairly. The only true surprise is that it took a college until the 2006 to pass such a policy.