This is achieved in two primary ways. First, we are featured in the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) publication entitled Out&In. This features information for prospective LGBTQ law students. Second, we are able to query prospective law students who have signed up for the LSAC Candidate Referral Service (CRS). Via CRS, we can identify prospective students who have indicated their LGBTQ status. We have targeted outreach for those students, encouraging them to apply.
USC Gould students may apply for a travel stipend to attend the annual Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair.
We post jobs externally to job boards that are committed to diversity and inclusion. We attract members of various diverse backgrounds, including from the LGBT community.
We also include the following paragraph in our job announcements that expresses our commitment to diversity and inclusion: Equity, diversity, inclusion, opportunity and access are of central importance to the Gould School of Law (Gould). Gould holds a unique position in society, and within the university, as every aspect of these principles are influenced by and can be protected through legal rules and institutions. At Gould, we are proudly committed to maintaining a community in which each person respects the rights of others to live, work, and learn in peace and dignity, to be proud of who and what they are, and to have equal opportunity to realize their full potential as individuals and members of society.
The University provides these benefits to all employees, including LGBT employees.
Here are links to our policies:
Yes, the University provides this resource. More information is found on this website:
USC offers enrolled students healthcare benefits through the Aetna Student Health Plan. Details of that plan can be found here: https://studenthealth.usc.edu/insurance/aetna-student-health-insurance-highlights/
Yes. The University has an LGBT Resource Center page that provides information for transition-related healthcare. More information is found on this page: https://lgbtrc.usc.edu/trans/trans-related-health-care-for-university-employees/
USC offers enrolled students healthcare benefits through the Aetna Student Health Plan. Gender reassignment (sex change) treatment Surgical, hormone replacement therapy, and counseling treatment is covered according to the type of benefit and the place where the service is received. More information on the policy can be found here: https://lgbtrc.usc.edu/trans/trans-health-care-health-insurance/
The gender-inclusive restrooms are identified simply as “restrooms.”
- LAW-751: Sexual Orientation and the Law
- LAW-757 Sex, Gender and the Law
- LAW 758 Identity Categories
- Law 880 Treating Difference Equally
- The law school provides many academic presentations throughout the year that discuss topics of diversity and inclusion, including Title IX discussions that promote awareness.
- We announce and participate in trainings and workshops during USC’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion week.
- We have a student organization, OUTlaw that brings together students, faculty, alumni, and the Los Angeles legal community in an effort to raise funds for the USC OUTLaw Scholarship Endowment, which provides annual scholarships that will benefit LGBTQ students and/or students working towards LGBTQ equality through the law.
- The law school works closely with the Office of Equity and diversity to ensure that possible discriminatory behavior is investigated and does not occur. The OED has a website with information: https://equity.usc.edu/protected-characteristics/.
- The University has a process that allows LGBT employees to self-identify their gender through our HRIS system. Also, our OED office offers services to LGBT employees undergoing a transition to ensure that they are being treated with respect and support within their workplace.The law school has an Equity and Inclusion taskforce that is comprised of staff, faculty and students. This taskforce advises the senior leadership team on equity issues that allow us opportunities to improve policies or processes for our LGBT community.