"Colby College in Maine announced Tuesday that it has updated its nondiscrimination policy to include caste, a system of inherited social class, making it the second institution in the nation to create such a policy, the Bangor Daily News reported. The decision to include casteism -- traditionally linked with South Asian culture -- as a form of discrimination was spearheaded by Sonja Thomas, associate professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies. Colby’s announcement said, “Caste serves as an unchangeable marker of status and access” and “defines major life events, such as who one can marry, and those with caste power can be gatekeepers of access to high-paying status jobs.” Learn more here.

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