We encourage students to identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community through a separate diversity question, where in narrative form a student can identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community if they so choose. However, that information is not quantified and is not shared with anyone.
WVU is committed to employing a diverse workforce and seeks diverse applicants through posting in diversity-related organizations’s list serves, professional organizations, and conferences.
Parental leave is offered for people of all genders
LGBTQ+ practitioners; inclusive language on site; support groups offered; works closely with LGBTQ+ center
Signs say “all gender”, they are on campus maps, 3 are available, they are accessible
Sexual Orientation and the Law; Gender and the Law; Family Law
Students have received travel funding and support to attend the National LGBTQ+ Bar’s annual conference and career fair and other diversity-related or public interest conferences, like the Fairness WV Conference in WV or the Equal Justice Works conference.
Yes, optional for all faculty/staff/administrators
Yes, mandatory for all students
Yes, optional for all students
DEI training is required for faculty/staff and students, but there is also separate optional training for faculty/staff and students to participate in if they choose.
We have an active OUTLaw student group, SBA Diversity and Inclusion group, and a school-wide DEI committee made up of faculty, staff, and students. We host speakers and events each year on LGBTQ+ issues and OUTLaw sponsors events and fundraising for LGBTQ organizations each year. The College of Law sponsors our students to attend the LGBTQ National Bar Conference and Career Fair each year and helps sponsor the Fairness WV gala and conference each year. We host implicit bias and anti-harassment training for all members of our community, and offer Safe Zone and other training and activities for those in our community. We have a support LGBTQ Center on campus and mental health and health services for LGBTQ students on campus as well.
Our Enrollment Management office reaches out to LGBTQ+ student organizations at the various undergraduate universities and fairs where we recruit, both in WV and around the U.S. Students from our OUTLaw student group work with the office to recruit and welcome prospective students; OUTLaw also works with our LGBTQ Center on campus to recruit and welcome students. WVU Law hosts a Diversity and Inclusion Day as a separate part of our recruiting efforts in order to reach underrepresented students, including LGBTQ+ students.