Gender InclusiveSchool Policy and Mission Statements
Public announcements can be strong indications of your commitment to truly recognize and account for the unique gender of every person you serve.

A powerful example of an institutional approach to creating a more gender inclusive school or institution is to formally declare your intentions through various public facing statements. These statements can be posted on your website, included in hiring materials, used in program descriptions and/or posted publicly. Below are examples of some sample statements you can adapt.

Generic Anti-discrimination Language

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, or gender expression.

Enhanced Enumeration (including dimensions of gender)

[Organization name] is committed to providing an environment within which all employees, faculty, students, volunteers and others are treated with respect and that is free of harassment. [Organization name] prohibits conduct that is disrespectful, disparaging or unprofessional as well as harassment based on race, color, national origin or ancestry, religious creed, age, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, marital or family status, assigned sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information or any other basis protected by federal or state law.

Affirmative Statement Regarding Gender Diversity

Gender is complex and unique to each of us. Involving more than just girls versus boys, we affirm youth of all genders—cisgender, transgender, non-binary, gender fluid, agender and any other genuinely held gender identity. We are not “gender neutral” or “gender blind;” rather we seek to acknowledge the individual journey of every student as they explore their own gender. We’re working towards a world that recognizes and celebrates the unique gender of every member of our community.

Organizational Statements

Many Departments of Education, school districts, universities, and nonprofit organizations have released statements in support of gender-inclusive policies. Some of these statements are linked below.