The Admissions Office works with the OutLaw (the LGBTQ+ student organization) to connect with admitted students via email, phone, and Zoom. Also, during Admitted Student events (virtual and in-person), OutLaw members invite self-identified LGBTQ+ admitted students to a special social event. We hold information sessions at schools and invite LGBTQ+ student groups and individual LGBTQ+ prospective students to attend and have members of OutLaw provide tours and connect with the prospective students. Additionally, we send targeted messages and marketing materials to prospective students who identify as LGBTQ+ on the LSAC Candidate Referral Service to encourage them to apply to the Law School.
The admission packet includes our Diversity & Inclusion brochure, which highlights student organization affinity groups, such as OutLaw, and discusses the Twin Cities welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ people and under-represented populations.
On the Law School application, students have the opportunity to provide their preferred name and pronouns, and they may self-identify by answering yes to this statement: “I identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer.” They may also choose to allow this information to be shared with Law School student organizations. After matriculation, students have the option to select a gender identity and/or personal pronouns within the online MyU system.
All applicants may list preferred name on the Law School application, which is then used for all subsequent communications with candidates. Post-enrollment, students may choose to enter or update a preferred name in the online student records and enrollment system, which then populates in real time into class rosters and other records.
The Law School recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: https://diversity.umn.edu/.
Open positions are posted to a variety of sites that specifically target individuals that serve economically different populations, minorities, veterans, sexual orientations and gender, as well as disabilities.
The Student Health Benefit Plan provides coverage for services related to treatment leading to or in connection with gender affirmation surgery, hormone therapy, related preparation and follow-up treatment, care, and counseling. Benefits are provided for medically necessary and appropriate services as determined by BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota. This benefit applies to any enrolled member and can include the primary member, enrolled spouse, and enrolled adult dependents. Members are required to be legally married to be enrolled as a spousal dependent.
Boynton, the student health center, notes on its website – Our goal is to provide comfortable, culturally responsive and accessible care to transgender and gender non-conforming patients. We utilize an informed consent model.There is also a list of “trans-affirming services” along with a list of resources for students.
Boynton has a diverse group of mental health providers, as it relates to LGBTQ+ folx. Provider directory and bios are available on the Boynton website so students can see who they are able to find a therapist that feels right for them. Additionally, Boynton offers a Transgender Health clinic which provides gender affirming care, sexual health care, STI testing and treatment and many other services.
The Law School provides four gender-inclusive restrooms in the building through the use of single-use restrooms on two different floors. These restrooms are identified on maps and on signage as Gender Inclusive.
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Human Rights
For the past three years Minnesota Law has provided travel reimbursement funds to LGBTQ+ students to participate in LGBTQ+ career opportunities. Specifically, we have funded travel reimbursements to all students who have applied and participated in the Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair. Our total reimbursement has been approximately $3000 dollars.
Yes, optional for all students
Peer Leader Training includes specific training segment on use of names and pronouns to promote welcoming climate for all gender identities.
The Law School also provides Gender Equity policy overview and training for faculty and staff, addressing respectful use of pronouns and names and how to use University systems to ensure students’ name/pronouns are used correctly across contexts.