Yes, we pull contact information on prospective students who self-identify as LGBTQ+ or express an interest in LGBTQ+ student groups in our application process. We send each of these applicants a letter from the President of OutLaw, our LGBTQ+ student group, sharing opportunities and resources available to our students at UF Law. We also host panel discussions with prospective students and members of OutLaw, and other affinity groups.
Students may self-identify under the “Optional” portion of the application.
If/when voluntary self-identification is offered by candidates, we very much consider this factor in our efforts to advance diversity among our staff, faculty and administration.
Our employees may complete a voluntary, anonymous-optional demographic survey, which includes gender identity and sexual orientation
All benefits-eligible faculty and staff are eligible for domestic partner health insurance. This insurance is available to both same- and opposite-sex partners as well as to children of the employee and partner so long as the required criteria outlined on the domestic partner affidavit is satisfied. More information is available via: https://benefits.hr.ufl.edu/my-benefits/eligible-dependents
It is not specifically designated as transition-related, but it may be covered under general health benefits.
Services are available to students and their same-sex partners. Our student health care center offers LGBTQ+ care and resources, including transgender services, and a network of comprehensive resources. More information may be found via: https://shcc.ufl.edu/fees-and-insurance/university-shcc-fees/spouse-domestic-partner-care/ and https://shcc.ufl.edu/services/specialty-care/lgbtq-care-resources/
We have 3 single-stall restrooms that are designated “multi-gender,” that are accessible for people with disabilities.
Sexuality and the Law; Students may also take courses with our main campus Center for Gender, Sexualities and Women’s Studies Research, which may include “LGBTQ Movements and Activism,” “Job, Gender, Justice,” “Feminist/Queer of Color Studies,” “Intersectional Activisms,” “LGBTQ+ Health”
We provide funding for travel and hotel expenses for students to attend the National LGBT Bar Conference and Lavender Law Career Fair; pay for student membership fees to LGBTQ+ organizations; provide funding for students to participate in LGBTQ+ events and volunteer opportunities; and provide financial support for OutLaw, our LGBTQ+ student organization.
Yes, optional for all students
We have mandatory inclusion, diversity, equity and access training for all of the above. LGBTQIA+ training is a deeper dive that is voluntary for all.
At the University of Florida Levin College of Law, we foster an environment of inclusion. Our students, faculty, and staff are part of an active and diverse community. We remind our students that their interaction with other students from varied backgrounds and experiences leads to a better education and healthier understanding of how the world works. More importantly, this foundation contributes to valuable dialogue in our increasingly global and multicultural world. Indeed, success in the 21st-century workplace requires a mature understanding of diversity and community. We urge our students to reach beyond their comfort zone by embracing and interacting with those different from themselves in terms of race, religion, class, belief system, gender identity, and sexual orientation.