Concordia University School of Law

1. Does your law school intentionally seek out LGBTQ+ prospective students?
Yes
a. If so, how and where are your efforts directed?

Participation and Panelist at the LSAC Equality Conference; Initiating an outreach campaign to LGBTQ+ communities

2. Does your law school's welcome packet for admitted students include mention of identity group support for LGBTQ+ students, as well as for students of color or other minorities?
No

Admission packets include information about all clubs, organizations, and support services at the School of Law, as well as an invitation to start new clubs/orgs at our now seven year old law school.

3. Does your school offer students the option to self-identify as LGBTQ+ in admissions applications or post-enrollment forms?
No

We do not collect any information from students related to sexual orientation.

4. Does your law school offer transgender students who have not legally changed their names the ability to have their name of choice on admission applications or post enrollment forms?
Yes

Students are permitted to indicate a “preferred” name which is used in email address, correspondences, and the course rosters controlled/initiated/modified by the law school.  The University’s management system (Registrar, diplomas, transcripts, etc.) requires a legal name and, therefore, record of a legal name change.

5. Does your law school provide any annual scholarships specifically for LGBTQ+ students?
No

Our scholarship rubric is posted and available at: https://law.cu-portland.edu/admission-financial-aid/financial-aid.  It is consistently applied to all students and 100% of students at Concordia Law receive a scholarship.  All scholarships are non-conditional, meaning that students retain their scholarships for the duration of their enrollment.

6. Does your law school provide funding, including travel support, for LGBTQ+ students to participate in LGBTQ+-focused learning and career services opportunities?
No
a. If so, please provide details and examples of when and how those opportunities have been utilized.

At this point, no one has asked for funding to attend ANY type of focused learning or CSO opportunity.  Club/Orgs are allocated funding and may use their funding in this manner.  But, the law school is open to considering opportunities as requested.

7. Does your law school actively seek to employ diverse staff/faculty/administrators, including visible, out LGBTQ+ individuals?
Yes
a. If so, please detail how and where recruitment efforts are directed

Faculty (including administrators with faculty rank) are recruited through the annual hiring conferences of the Association of American Law Schools and the American Association of Law Libraries as well as through national, regional, and local advertisements and personal contacts.  For the past three recruiting cycles, the Faculty Appointments Committee posted job openings for doctrinal and experiential learning faculty positions with traditional publications and websites, such as AALS and the Idaho State Bar, as well as a diverse group of listservs, blogs, and social media, including:

– AALS Diversity Section
– Academic Support Blog
– Associate and Assistant Law School Deans Listserv
– Christian Legal Society
– Columbia Law Careers in Teaching
– Criminal Prof Blog
– Evidence Prof Blog
– Faculty Lounge Blog
– Hispanic National Bar Association
– LawClinic Listserv
– LEXTERN Externship Listserv
– LinkedIn
– LRW Listserv
– National Asian Bar Association
– National Bar Association
– National Native American Bar Association
– Prawfsblawg
– Redeeming Law Blog
– SALT Law Employment Opportunities
– Tax Prof Blog
– AcademicKeys
– HigherEdJobs
– HispanicinHigherEd
– Idaho Department of Labor
– Indeed Boise
– Partners in Diversity

Members of Concordia Law’s faculty and staff also proactively recruit staff members by identifying and reaching out to diverse candidates within their personal networks.

8. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ faculty your law school employs (if any)
9. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ staff/administrators?
10. Does your law school provide benefits such as health insurance, family medical leave, parental leave, and nontraditional family planning such as in vitro fertilization and/or adoptive benefits on equal terms to same-sex couples who are married or in registered domestic partnerships as are provided to different-sex married or registered domestic partner couples?
Yes
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here

Oregon State law prohibits discrimination, inter alia, on gender, identity, and sexual orientation.  That policy is applied to all Concordia University employees (including the School of Law), regardless of physical location.

11. Does your law school offer the aforementioned health benefits to students and their same-sex spouses/partners?
No
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here

We do not offer a student health insurance policy to any student.  Instead, students seeking insurance are directed to the applicable ACA Health Exchange.

12. Does your law school offer transition-related health benefits to transgender and/or transitioning employees?
Yes
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here

Our understanding (from University HR) is it is covered in our Regence Health Insurance plan.

13. Does your school offer the same transition-related healthcare benefits to students and their partners/spouses?
No
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here (or you may email a copy of your policy to rishell@lgbtbar.org):

We do not offer a student health insurance policy to any student.  Instead, students seeking insurance are directed to the applicable ACA Health Exchange.

14. Do all students at your law school have access to counseling and/or therapy services either through the law school or the larger University?
Yes
15. Does your law school provide at least bi-annual mandatory diversity and inclusion training that incorporates robust LGBTQ+ curriculum, for all staff/faculty/administrators?
No
16. Does your law school provide a gender-inclusive restroom in any and/or all law school buildings?
Yes
a. How is that restroom identified (i.e., what does the signage say, is it identified on building maps, is there a gender-inclusive restroom policy that applies to all restrooms and where is that statement published, etc.)?

The law school has two single person restroom facilities, one of which also includes a shower.  They are identified with a restroom sign and the doors can be locked.

17. Does your law school have one or more annual LGBTQ+ course offerings (e.g., LGBT Law and Policy, Sexual Orientation and the Law, Gender and the Law (taught with trans-inclusive and focused materials), etc.)?
No
a. If so, please list course names
18. Does your law school have an active, visible LGBTQ+ law student group that is supported by the institution?
No
19. Does your law school have a hate/bias incident policy that students are required to follow?
Yes
a. If so, does that process specifically identify sexual orientation, gender identity, or both as protected categories?

The policy states “any status protected by policy or law.”  “Policy” would incorporate our Non-Discrimination Statement, which includes “sex, gender, sexual orientation”.

b. is there a clear hate bias/incident reporting process for students/faculty/staff to utilize if necessary?
Yes
20. Please describe all additional ways, not identified through your responses, that your law school works to be safe, inclusive, and welcoming to LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and administrators:

Concordia Law has and will continue to encourage the formation of a student organization (PRIDE, Lambda, or other) that supports LGBTQ+ students.  As a school that is only 7 years old, we are still developing important student organizations.