We attend diversity law fairs and individually speak to prospective students about the welcoming environment at the University of Kansas School of Law.
On our application, we have the following question with a check box for “yes” or “no”:
The following question is asked to help connect interested candidates with the KU Law LGBTQ student organization. By answering yes, you grant KU Law permission to share your name and e-mail address with the KU Law LGBTQ student organization. Do you self identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning?
At the University of Kansas, including at the law school, In our faculty recruitment specifically, we are guided by KU’s handbook, “Excellence in Diversity: The Handbook for Recruiting and Hiring for a More Socially Diverse KU Faculty,” which addresses inclusive recruitment of LGBTQ+ candidates. See: https://diversity.ku.edu/hiringhandbook. KU’s Faculty/Staff Identity Councils are available to support recruitment efforts of diverse candidates, one of which is the Sexuality and Gender Diversity Faculty and Staff Council, which “supports the LGBTQIA+ communities by supporting programs and initiatives focused on growing a culturally rich campus through community building, advocacy, social justice and diversity education, leadership, and the development of informed citizens.” Our recruitment efforts are also informed by KU’s Pronouns Guide, see: https://diversity.ku.edu/sites/diversity.ku.edu/files/docs/Pronoun%20Guide%20Long%20form_Final.pdf. To use our most recent law faculty search process, as an example, the chair of the appointments committee arranged a diversity training session for committee members, facilitated by KU’s Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, and one of the committee members assumed the formal role of Diversity Advocate on the committee and completed additional training assigned by the Handbook for that role.
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See the health insurance available to students at: https://www.uhcsr.com/ (search University of Kansas)
Benefits are considered the same as any other sickness for transgender/transitioning care. Office visits and counseling will be considered under the physician’s visit benefit of the policy. Oral hormone replacement therapy will be considered under the prescription benefits of the policy. Injectable hormone replacement therapy will be considered under the injection benefits of the policy. Please note, injections must be administered in the physician’s office and billed on the physician’s statement to be payable. Medically necessary surgical treatment will be considered under the surgery benefit of the policy. Medical necessity is established based on the Gender Dysphoria Treatment Guidelines. You may review the guidelines at www.uhcprovider.com. The insured may request their provider submit a pre-determination of benefits review for surgical care.
Please note, this does not guarantee payment. We are not able to determine if and what benefits are payable until an actual claim for services is received. Benefit payment shall be subject to all deductible, copayment, coinsurance, exclusions and limitations, or any other provisions of the policy effective at the time of service.
There is one “All Gender” restroom, located inside of our legal aid clinic. This restroom is ADA accessible, however it is only accessible during the normal business hours of the clinic since it is located inside of their office suite.
LAW 982 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Seminar
Student organizations may apply for funds to attend conferences. In recent years, students have attended the Lavender Law conference using such funds
Yes, optional for all faculty/staff/administrators
Yes, mandatory for all students
Yes, optional for all students
We provide diversity & professionalism training to 1Ls during orientation and then again during lawyering skills. All upper class clinical students receive cultural competency training as a mandatory part of their clinical experience.
We have an active Faculty & Staff DEI committee, along with a student led Diversity Leadership Council, who work together to bring programming that addresses many issues surrounding diversity & inclusion, including LGBTQ concerns. We encourage faculty, administrators, staff and students to develop a practice of sharing and respecting individual’s pronouns. We work closely with the local LGBTQ bar org to build mentorship programs for students and encourage opportunities to network professionally.