In a political climate that recently witnessed the banning of transgender troops from the U.S. military, one historically Black college is taking steps to make sure the trans community is included in the conversation.

Spelman College, the liberal arts women’s college in Atlanta, announced Tuesday that transgender women would now be admitted to the school, changing forever the history of the storied institution.

“Like same-sex colleges all over the country, Spelman is taking into account evolving definitions of gender identity in a changing world and taking steps to ensure that our policies and plans reflect those changes in a manner that is consistent with our mission and the law,” President Mary S. Campbell wrote in a statement.

“Spelman College, a Historically Black College whose mission is to serve high-achieving Black women, will consider for admission women students including students who consistently live and self-identify as women, regardless of their gender assignment at birth,” the statement continued.

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