Western University, Canada

Western University, Canada
1151 Richmond Street, Josephine-Spencer Niblett Building, London, Ontario N6A 3K7, Canada
Phone: 519.661.3347
Email: lawapp@uwo.ca | Website: law.uwo.ca 

Does your law school have a nondiscrimination policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation?

  • Nondiscrimination/Harassment Policy (PDF): This policy also includes links to the university’s Administrative Procedures relating to nondiscrimination and harassment and the Safe Campus Community Policy. In addition, all unions and employee groups have articles on nondiscrimination/harassment in their collective agreements.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Plan for Faculty and Staff (PDF): Western University recognizes that diversity enriches our experience, broadens our perspectives, and allows us to compete effectively for talent at the local, provincial, national, and global level. Western is committed to creating a community where every member has the right to study, work, and conduct his or her activities in an environment free of harassment and discrimination.

For more information, please visit the Equity & Human Rights Services website or contact:

Office of Equity & Human Rights Services
Phone: 519.661.2111, ext. 83334
Email: equity@uwo.ca

Does your law school have a nondiscrimination policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity?

  • Nondiscrimination/Harassment Policy (PDF): This policy also includes links to the university’s Administrative Procedures relating to nondiscrimination and harassment and the Safe Campus Community Policy. In addition, all unions and employee groups have articles on nondiscrimination/harassment in their collective agreements.

For more information, please visit the Equity & Human Rights Services website or contact:

Office of Equity & Human Rights Services
Phone: 519.661.2111, ext. 83334
Email: equity@uwo.ca

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

Yes

Does your law school have a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender student organization?

OUTlaws Western: This student group provides a safe space for self-identified queer law students and allies, and nurtures a queer-positive community at Western Law. We are part of the Canada-wide OUTlaws network that deals with queer issues across the country. This network spans all the law schools in Canada and is closely affiliated with Out on Bay. OUTlaws Western is a forum to examine law, gender expression, and sexual orientation by hosting speakers, engaging in activism, and holding events. The association explores a wide range of issues, including trans rights, hate speech legislation, Charter challenges, and international human rights issues. We are anti-racism, anti-oppression, and anti-colonialist. Visit us on Facebook or Twitter (@uwoOutLaw) to learn more about our activities. For more information, contact Michaela Atherton (mathert@uwo.ca).

Diversity Committee:  We have an amazing team to help diversify our faculty by celebrating the view that diversity and merit are two sides of the same coin. Our committee seeks to research and model a law school environment at Western Law that is welcoming, safe, and inclusive to all of our administrators, staff, and students by viewing differences in nationality, race, religious belief, gender, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and ablebodiedness as opportunities for understanding, learning, and growth. This year our focus will be on hosting events and activities aimed at recognizing and celebrating diverse perspectives and experiences to foster meaningful and respectful engagement in all aspects of life at Western Law.  Co-chairs: Ashmandeep Khroad (akhroad@uwo.ca) and Layla Makhzoumi (lmakhzou@uwo.ca)

Gender and the Law Association (GALA):  GALA believes that gender and the law are inextricably linked. We work to raise awareness and advocate change in gender-based injustices in law and in the legal profession. GALA aims to approach this change with an intersectional feminist lens. We encourage people of all genders to join our anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and anti-colonial efforts. Some of our work includes: organizing an annual internal moot competition, hosting various speaker events, arranging a trip to Yale Law School’s Rebellious Lawyering Conference, organizing #LawNeedsFeministBecause campaigns, updating the community about relevant court cases and current events, and sharing other gender-related resources. GALA is one of the few student organizations at Western Law to regularly welcome first-year students to serve as executive members. Visit us on Facebook or Twitter (@uwogala) to learn more about our activities, or contact Angie Bellehumeur (abelleh@uwo.ca).

Does your law school have any openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender faculty members?

Chi Carmody
Professor
Phone: 519.661.2111, ext. 88437
Email: ccarmody@uwo.ca

Melanie Randall
Professor
Phone: 519.661.2111, ext. 88450
Email: randallm@uwo.ca

Zoë Sinel
Professor
Phone: 519.661.2111, ext. 83832
Email: zsinel@uwo.ca

Wade Wright
Professor
Phone: 519.661.2111, ext. 81560
Email: wwright8@uwo.ca

Does your law school have any openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender administrators?

No

Contacts for LGBT Issues

Prospective students may contact:

Danielle Lacasse
Assistant Dean, Admissions and Recruitment
Phone: 519.661.2111, ext. 83356
Email: danielle.lacasse@uwo.ca

Current students may contact:

Susan Battista
Student Wellness Counsellor
Phone:  519-661-2111, ext. 84370
Email:  sbattis2@uwo.ca

Does your law school offer any academic courses primarily focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender legal issues?

  • Canadian Human Rights Law
  • Sex Discrimination and the Law
  • Family Law
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Advanced Constitutional Law—Charter Rights
  • The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Comparative Common Law Perspective
  • Gendered Violence and the Law
  • Pensions and Benefits
  • Estate Planning
  • Disability, Discrimination, Rights and the Law

Does your law school offer the same benefits to faculty, staff, or student same-sex spouses as they do opposite-sex spouses?

Domestic-partnership benefits are available for both students’ and employees’ spouses. A spouse includes either a legal, common-law, or same-sex spouse who has lived with the student or employee for at least one year. For more information, please visit:

Does your law school offer any form of domestic-partner benefits to faculty, staff, or students?

Domestic-partnership benefits are available for both students’ and employees’ spouses. A spouse is defined as a person legally married to the employee/student or is a person of the opposite or same sex who has continuously lived with the employee/student for at least one year. For more information, please visit:

Additional Information

Western is a community that respects, embraces, nurtures and celebrates the diversity of its members.  Our community is one where all members are valued, respected and included.  We strive to ensure our workplace is fully accessible and respectful of people’s different needs and abilities.  Western supports a healthy work-life balance and recognizes the right of every member of the Western community to study, work and conduct his or her activities in an environment free of harassment and discrimination.  Each member of our community is accountable for ensuring that the University’s polices in support of this imperative are upheld.”  (Western University Strategic Plan, 2014:  Achieving Excellence on the World Stage, p. 6).  

Moreover, Western’s vision is “to create a university that is resilient and cares about mental health and wellness, where students receive support as needed, … and where we build a more supportive and inclusive campus environment to enhance all students’ potential for success.  This vision will make mental health an institutional priority and will support a culture and climate on our campus that promotes student wellness.”  (Western’s Student Mental Health and Wellness Strategic Plan, 2018, p. 2).  To this end Western’s Faculty of Law has added a Student Wellness Counsellor to its complement of administrators, whose role is to deliver wellness programming and provide individual counselling and support to all law students.  LGBT students may find additional resources here:  http://www.sdc.uwo.ca/psych/LGBT%20Resource.pdf

Western Law is proud of its warm welcoming environment and sense of community for all students, including those with diverse backgrounds and experiences.  LGBTQ+ students are encouraged to self-identify in their law school applications.