Minnesota Law’s Admissions Office works with the OutLaw (the LGBTQ+ student organization) to connect with admitted students via email and phone, and during Admitted Student Weekends, OutLaw members invite self-identified LGBTQ+ admitted students to a special social event. We hold information sessions at schools and invite LGBTQ+ student groups and individual LGBTQ+ prospective students to attend and have members of OutLaw provide tours and connect with the prospective students.
The admission packet includes our Diversity & Inclusion brochure, which highlights student organization affinity groups, such as OutLaw, and discusses the Twin Cities welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ people and under-represented populations.
On Minnesota Law’s application, students have the opportunity to provide their preferred name and pronouns, and they may self-identify by answering yes to this statement: “I identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer.” They may also choose to allow this information to be shared with Law School student organizations. After matriculation, students have the option to select a gender identity and/or personal pronouns within the online MyU system.
Minnesota Law recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds. The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: https://diversity.umn.edu/.
Open positions are posted to a variety of sites that specifically target individuals that serve economically different populations, minorities, veterans, sexual orientations and gender, as well as disabilities.
Language from the University of Minnesota’s health services website: Our goal is to provide comfortable, culturally responsive and accessible care to transgender and gender non-conforming patients. We utilize an informed consent model. There is also a list of “trans-affirming services” along with a list of resources for students.
Minnesota Law provides gender-inclusive restrooms in our buildings through the use of single-use restrooms.
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Human Rights
For the past three years Minnesota Law has provided travel reimbursement funds to LGBTQ+ students to participate in LGBTQ+ career opportunities. Specifically, we have funded travel reimbursements to all students who have applied and participated in the Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair. Our total reimbursement has been approximately $3000 dollars.
Yes, optional for all students
Peer Leader Training includes specific training segment on use of names and pronouns to promote welcoming climate for all gender identities.
All staff and faculty invited to participate in Gender Equity policy overview and training addressing respectful use of pronouns and names and how to use University systems to ensure students’ name/pronouns are used correctly across contexts.