At colleges and universities, but also use the LSAC database to find students who self identify as LGBTQ+ and who want to be contacted. We use our OUTLAWS student organization and our LGBTQ faculty to help us in admitted student efforts.
We allow students to self identify as LGBTQ+ to identify their gender in any way they would like, we allow people to share their preferred pronouns if one has them.
We do consider LGBTQ+ status as a qualification for all of our diversity scholarships.
Our faculty rules expressly require equal opportunity with respect to “age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, and other categories covered in the University nondiscrimination policy.” University policy states our commitment to affirmative action and the building of a diverse community in all these respect. Diversity with respect to sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and the other categories listed above is part of the charge given to the Appointments Committee, which receives diversity training at the start of the academic year. We have enjoyed considerable success over the years in making offers to and recruiting LGBTQ+ individuals to join our faculty, both through the AALS process for entry-level hires and the lateral market. Hiring committees for all positions undergo implicit bias training before the hiring process begins.
Employees of the Law School are offered benefits covered under The Ohio State University’s health plans. Same-sex marriages are legal in the state of Ohio, thus same-sex couples who are married and if one spouse is employed by the institution are eligible to participate in the health plans. As the university defines it, “spouse” is defined as “an individual whose marriage to a covered employee is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service for federal income tax purposes.”
We are in the process of hiring a full time counselor just for the law school who will begin in Fall 2021. Those questions are being asked of the candidates.
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Critical theory/Critical Lawyering Seminar; Gender and the Law; and Sex, Sexuality and the Law
Yes. They can apply for travel grants through the Office of Career Services and from the Professional Development Fund of the Interprofessional Council of The Ohio State University. They have been utilized every year for the three years prior to the pandemic.
There are social events with LGBTQ faculty, and staff, mandatory diversity training of faculty and staff.