OUTLaw recognizes that a great amount of work remains to be done to foster welcoming and inclusive environments for trans and other gender-nonconforming individuals at all levels of political and social organization, from the U.S. at large to the St. Louis metropolitan area to Washington University and the School of Law and even to OUTLaw itself. To that end, OUTLaw formed the Trans Inclusion Committee in Fall 2015 with the following charge:
On behalf of the LGBTQ+ community, OUTLaw charges the Trans Inclusion Committee with studying the climate for trans individuals at Washington University School of Law. The committee’s work should place a special emphasis on the student experience but should also, to the extent possible, address the experience of trans faculty, staff, contractors, and guests. The committee should include as part of its study an inventory of current resources, systems, and practices in place to support trans individuals. The committee should summarize these findings for a new trans-specific page on OUTLaw’s website. Following completion of the inventory, the committee should turn its attention to resources, systems, and practices in place at peer institutions, as well as model resources, systems, and practices recommended by trans advocates. The committee’s work should culminate in a formal report that details the climate for trans individuals at Washington University School of Law and places that climate in the context of peer institutions and model conditions. The report should also make recommendations that, if enacted, will make Washington University School of Law a national leader in supporting and including trans individuals in its community. This report will be made publicly available throughout the law school and on OUTLaw’s website. Following issuance of the report, OUTLaw will work toward implementation of the recommendations.
The Trans Inclusion Committee isn’t perfect. Most of its members identify as cis allies and lack firsthand experience confronting the barriers that trans and gender-nonconforming individuals face. For that reason, the committee has prioritized listening to voices from within the trans community–both within the university and the greater St. Louis area. But even with a group of imperfect allies comprising the committee membership, OUTLaw hopes that the committee’s work will push the interests of the trans community to the fore and lead to tangible and intangible changes that will make our school and university more inclusive.
Once complete, the committee’s report will be made available on this webpage. One intermediate report, a climate survey, is already complete and available below. The committee’s membership and contact information is also included below.
Trans Inclusion Committee Members
Class of 2018 | email@example.com
Caleb Trimm, Co-Chair
Class of 2019 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Past Trans Inclusion Committee Members
Class of 2017 | email@example.com
Kevin Flannery, Co-Chair
Class of 2017 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Class of 2017 | email@example.com
Steve Alagna, Former Chair | Sept. ’15 – June ’16
Class of 2016
Rebecca Corson | Sept. ’15 – June ’16
Class of 2016
Liz Doyon | Sept. ’15 – June ’16
Class of 2018
Remington Shepard | Sept. ’15 – June ’16
Class of 2016