The University of Arkansas School of Law seeks out prospective students who self-identify as LGBTQ+ by participating in national and regional recruitment events, conducting targeted email campaigns, connecting with LGBTQ+ student organizations on campus, and utilizing LSAC tools such as the candidate referral service and law school forums. We also connect prospective LGBTQ+ students with current students and faculty members who identify as LGBTQ+. Additionally, the Richard B. Atkinson Law LGBTQ Law & Policy Program supports a variety of activities for allies and members of the LGBTQ+ community, including research, service, teaching, speakers and scholarships designed to educate and affect LGBTQ law and policy.
Students may self-identify in their personal statements and/or optional diversity statement. Applicants may select between binary or non-binary gender identity options on the application. Additionally, applicants may self-identify as LGBTQ+ via LSAC.
Actively engage with diverse job boards/sites to post available faculty opportunities
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We did not feel we could say yes to 15 as we do not have specific assisted reproduction and/or adoptive benefits. One exclusion is fertility agents/pharmaceuticals.
However, we enroll same-sex marital/domestic partner relationships just as we enroll different-sex marital/domestic partnership relationships. Benefits are all on equal terms.
Transgender services such as counseling, hormone replacement therapy, and gender sexual reassignment surgeries; will be considered. Services must fall under the [CDG] Coverage Determination Guidelines; therefore, I have attached the guidelines for your review. Also, a Pre-Determination is required for all services, and the Pre-Determination should include all procedure codes and will be reviewed based on the CDG guidelines. A mastectomy, complete hysterectomy, and genital reconstruction would be considered for a female to male if medically necessary
Our Discrimination/Harassment Statement that was shared early on in the survey:
The University of Arkansas is committed to encouraging and sustaining work and learning environments that are free from prohibited discrimination and harassment.
The University of Arkansas prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, equal pay/compensation, age (over 40), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and retaliation and any other protected characteristic under applicable federal and state laws.
Discrimination is defined as adverse employment action taken against you based on the above protected factors.
Harassment is defined as repetitive, severe or pervasive behaviors or comments that create an intimidating or offensive environment.
Retaliation is a negative/adverse action taken against you because you have engaged in protected activity such as verbal or written statements indicating harassment or you are a witness cooperating in an investigation.
If you would like to file a discrimination or harassment complaint, please click the following link: File a Complaint. If you need an alternative (written) form to file a complaint, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity Office at (479) 575-4019 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Arkansas prohibits forms of retaliation, which occurs when an employer punishes or takes any negative employment actions against an individual who has engaged in a protected activity, such as filing a discrimination or harassment complaint, making a verbal statement of discrimination or harassment, or being a witness in a discrimination or harassment complaint.
For the complete text of the non-discrimination policy, please refer to:
We have Safe Zone Allies & HR conducts training during new employee orientation. Other training:
Gender Bias: Building Understanding and Creating Allies
Our Campus Diversity
Privilege and Prejudice: Building Understanding and Creating Allies
Promoting Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Arkansas
Safe Zone Allies Orientation
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Building Understanding and Creating Allies
This specific situation has not presented itself, but we do support our diverse student organizations is such efforts.
Our campus just introduced the below voluntary training to our campus at large. Students, staff, and faculty have this course downloaded into their Blackboard course. Please see training overview below:
What is “OUCH!”?
“OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts” is a training available via Blackboard to help participants identify hurtful stereotypes and respond appropriately. The objectives of the training are to understand the impact of stereotypes and biased statements even when spoken casually, identify the most common reasons people stay silent in the face of bias and stereotypes, and enhance skills for speaking up against stereotypes without blame or guilt.
The training takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and is supplemented with a workbook. There are assessments throughout the program and a final assessment at the end.
Thank you for this opportunity. In an effort to create accountability and insight into how different populations experience our climate/culture so that we continually reflect on how to ensure we offer a place of belonging and understanding to all faculty, students, and staff, our law school has taken the following steps:
1. Hired me as their full-time Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DE&I) Coordinator in October 2020
2. Created, implemented, and continually engage our school of law DE&I plan
3. Created an Anti-Bias & Anti-Racist Task Force during the Summer 2020
4. We have created a school of law climate survey, which was administered last year; however, the campus will pilot a campus climate survey this Spring in which we have asked to be part of the pilot. The survey’s robust data will allow us to assess and conduct an analysis of the provided feedback from our community.