Here we go again with the changing of history and terms to accommodate the culture and prevent anyone and everyone from being “offended”!Now Yale University may soon replace the term “freshman” with “first-year student”! Why? Because apparently, it’s an ongoing effort to “reflect the values” of the institution. This report coming from the Yale Daily News, reveals that administrators are in favor of the more-inclusive alternative. As of now there is no clear timeline for when the official change will actually be made. According to the report the Dean of Student Affairs, Camille Lizarríbar, explained that she hopes the switch will be made “before the next academic year.”
“I think there comes a time when you want to make sure that the way you’re calling things reflects the values that you have,” she elaborated, suggesting that if Yale “is serious about inclusivity and diversity,” it must consider every idea, including unorthodox ideas. “It’s not written in stone that it has to be ‘freshman’…we do have some agency in what we call things,” she added, noting that several peer institutions including Dartmouth College, Cornell University, and Amherst College have already adopted gender-inclusive alternatives to the traditional designation.