Widener University has a strategic commitment to building an inclusive community whose diversity enriches the lives of all members. We recruit through an online tool called PageUp and all jobs that are approved automatically post to the following: Indeed.com, Diversityjobs.com, and Higheredjobs.com. In addition, Widener University was the recipient of the INSIGHT into Diversity, Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2018.
Widener University’s employment record form offers new employees the opportunity to voluntarily self-identify gender. Information related to sexual orientation is not gathered.
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Signage is posted next to communal restrooms that informs of the location of all gender restrooms. The specific signage says: “Am all gender restroom is available in. . .” The single stall all gender restrooms are located in both of our law school buildings and there are (4) available. Currently, restrooms are designated as unisex with male/female icons. However, signage will be transitioned over the next year to omit the icons and just use the word “Restroom.” Restrooms are identified on campus maps.
Sexuality, Gender & the Law Seminar
Funds have been allocated to support interested students’ attendance at the National LGBT Conference and Career Fair. This opportunity is open to LGBTQ+ students and/or allies.
We also fund OUTlaw activities through our Student Bar Association when funding is requested by the organization.
Yes, optional for all students
Members of our faculty, staff, and administration who wish to participate in the Safe Space Ally training program are encouraged to do so. In 2019, Widener University launched a new and improved Safe Space training program. This program consists of a comprehensive online training module as a well as a hands-on workshop. We promote this program and participating faculty, staff and administrators are listed on our website. At present, over 20% of our faculty, staff, and administrators are Safe Space “certified.” We expect this number will increase further over the next year given the flexibility of the new online module.
Also, in the next year, we intend to develop a student module to promote knowledge and inclusion on LGBTQ+ issues that will be mandatory for our student organization leaders to complete. This is in addition to Implicit Bias training that was mandatory for all 1L students to complete this year.