George Washington University Law School

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

In our recruiting efforts we  make it known we are a diverse and inclusive school.

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?
Yes
3. Does your school offer students the option to self-identify as LGBTQ+ in admissions applications or post-enrollment forms?
Yes
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
5. Does your law school provide any annual scholarships specifically for LGBTQ+ students?
No
6. Does your law school provide funding, including travel support, for LGBTQ+ students to participate in LGBTQ+-focused learning and career services opportunities?
Yes
a. If so, please provide details and examples of when and how those opportunities have been utilized.

We have a LGBTQ+ job fair every year at the law school.  This fair consists of dozens of employers whose expenses we fund to come to the law school and recruit our students.

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

We seek diversity in admissions and in faculty and staff recruitment.  We make this clear in our application.   Our University EEO works with us to have the most diverse community possible.

8. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ faculty your law school employs (if any)
2
Lesbian
1
Gay
1
9. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ staff/administrators?
2
Gay
1
Transgender
1
How many out LGBTQ+ staff members/administrators of color does your institution currently employ in total?
2
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
11. Does your law school offer the aforementioned health benefits to students and their same-sex spouses/partners?
Yes
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

https://benefits.gwu.edu/sites/g/files/zaxdzs1316/f/GW_PPO_Choice_Plus_Tiered_2018_SPD_8.2.18.pdf

13. Does your school offer the same transition-related healthcare benefits to students and their partners/spouses?
Yes
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here (or you may email a copy of your policy to rishell@lgbtbar.org):
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.)?

Signage states “All gender” or an icon with a male icon and female icon side by side.

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.)?
Yes
a. If so, please list course names

Gender, Sexuality, and International Human Rights Law; Sexuality and the Law

18. Does your law school have an active, visible LGBTQ+ law student group that is supported by the institution?
Yes
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?
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:

Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage is  found here:
https://www.law.gwu.edu/diversity-inclusion 
Resources for LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff are found on this webpage.

GW Law is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion among all students, faculty and staff. We are proud of the diverse perspectives brought to the community by individuals from around the country and the world. We strive to be a community that acknowledges and celebrates our differences, welcomes challenging dialogues, and provides a space where unique individual and group values are shared and honored. Through our many student groups and committees, GW Law works together to create an atmosphere that accepts all perspectives and champions for increased knowledge and care for one another. As this page develops, it will be a place to find resources on various areas of diversity, and also to communicate the initiatives and accomplishments of GW Law’s diverse community.

If you have more questions about GW Law’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, please contact Dr. Jessica Floyd Alexander, Program Administrator for Wellness, Diversity & Inclusion at 202.994.8320 or jfloydalexander@law.gwu.edu.

We have a welcome back to school breakfast for all LGBTQ+ students that is led by Dean Morant and Professors Schechter and Schaffner.  We have a LGBTQ+ job fair every spring.  We also have Lambda Law, our sensational student group, who do much to foster a climate of inclusion in the law school.

Lastly, a few words about Lambda Law:  Lambda Law is an organization of students interested in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) legal issues, employment concerns, and the fostering of tolerance and awareness on campus. The organization provides a network for professional and social interaction between GLBT and all students, faculty, and legal professionals, and for the education of the Law School community about issues facing GLBT individuals. Since its foundation in 1989, Lambda Law has become a visible and active force at the Law School. The organization was involved in adding ‘sexual orientation’ to GW’s nondiscrimination policy, developing and implementing programs with the Career Development Office regarding legal job search issues facing GLBT students, and discussing the Law School’s position toward issues concerning military recruiters on campus. Ongoing events include a mentor program with GLBT attorneys in Washington, discussions on current legal issues and developments, attendance at national legal conferences, educational activities for major advocacy events such as National Coming Out Day and Freedom to Marry Day, and social events with the Law School and other local law student groups. All students are welcome and encouraged to join Lambda Law in an effort to increase awareness and acceptance at the Law School.