We seek out students through our admissions and recruitment efforts.
Our students have the option to self-identify as LGBTQ+ on our application for admission.
We seek talented faculty, students and staff who will constitute a vibrant community that draws on the strength that comes with a substantive institutional commitment to diversity along dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, veteran status, interests, perspectives, and socioeconomic status.
Assisted reproductive benefits are offered without the need for extended traditional attempts at pregnancy but qualify for this at Penn Medicine only, and it is per couple, or individual, by we have a $30,000 lifetime limit per person/family. Care techniques such as mammograms, prostate exams, hysterectomies, etc. are available to employees of all genders, but for trans participants they need to have a provider or self-identify that they need a specific test that is based upon the birth gender and not consistent with the reported gender.
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Such benefits are provided to students. Additional information is available at: https://shs.wellness.upenn.edu/transhealthinsuranceFAQ/
Penn’s LGBT Health Working Group oversees planning and protocols specific to the needs of LGBTQ and transgender patients at Student Health Services (SHS). Penn’s Working Group has special expertise in the area of LGBTQ health, but all SHS staff are given essential training on LGBTQ inclusive care.
Our single-stall restrooms are simply noted as “restroom” on the signage. These restrooms are identified on building maps and online resources. Each law school building has at least 2 and as many as 4 such bathrooms. Each law school building provides accessibility for individuals with disabilities.
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Diversity & Inclusion in the Legal Profession
The Law School supports students participating in LGBTQ+ focused learning and career services opportunities in myriad ways.
In terms of learning opportunities, we provide significant monetary support to the annual Penn Law Lambda conference, and offer support for numerous ad hoc and community-building events for our Lambda group throughout the year. The 2019 Lambda conference, for instance, focused on LGBTQ+ impact litigation (following the landmark Obergefell decision). Additionally, each year, the Law School also supports student travel to the annual Williams Moot Court Competition in LA – a lawyering competition that focuses on issues of import to the LGBTQ+ community. Typically, around a half dozen of our students compete at the Williams Moot Court every year. We also support Lambda initiatives to bolster student life generally – such as exam outlining panels, and academic prep sessions.
Our Office of Career Planning and Professionalism provides monetary support for career-related events. Moreover, the career office provides counseling support to Lambda by attending career services panel discussions sponsored by that group and offers a program to all students, including members of the LGBTQ community, on 1L diversity fellowships.
The Office of Inclusion and Engagement, which was formed in May 2019, provides educational training programs and workshops on various issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion on a yearly basis. Starting with our inaugural year, we offered programming on implicit bias and allyship. We will continue to provide anti-racism and LGBTQ programming at least every three years.
The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School values inclusion and engagement across difference as integral to preparing our graduates for legal practice in a diverse and complex world. Diversity is vital to the strength of our community, and it is key to the excellence of our educational outcomes. We are committed to building effective infrastructure and sustained dialogue between students, alumni, and all parts of our university staff. The hallmark of our law school is how personal and connected our community is. Our Lambda student group has long been well-connected with faculty, staff, and alumni who form a robust network of resources and support for LGBTQ+ members of our community. However, we do not take this community for granted. We recognize there is always more work to do.
To this end, in recent years our law school took steps to advance our efforts to cultivate an even stronger atmosphere of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Three appointments were made to spearhead our initiatives: a Deputy Dean for Alumni Engagement and Inclusion, an Associate Dean of Justice and Inclusion Initiatives, and an Associate Dean for Inclusion and Engagement. These individuals comprise our Office of Inclusion and Engagement (I&E). I&E is charged with nurturing a more inclusive community for and with staff, students, alumni, and faculty at Penn Law. I&E collaborates across the law school, university, and community, as well as with industry experts to help all members of our community learn and grow. In addition, I&E provides funding and support for student-led initiatives that are designed to promote awareness on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
We know that representation of diverse backgrounds and perspectives is essential to providing an exceptional legal education. We will remain committed to prioritizing, assessing and expanding diversity, equity, and inclusion excellence in all that we do at Penn Law.