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OutLaws Honored with University Award
May 15, 2012
Contact: Barbara Peck, (614) 292-0283
The student-led group OutLaws was named a recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award, a University-wide award that recognizes units or individuals that have demonstrated a significant commitment to enhancing diversity at The Ohio State University.
The organization, comprised of students, faculty, and staff of College of Law, promotes understanding of legal issues that affect the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered communities. To do so, the group sponsors a wide range of events each year and partners with other organizations, both within the law school and the broader community, to create large-scale collaborative events with speakers from the University, Ohio, and nationally renowned organizations.
“OutLaws is not timid about challenging others to examine and re-examine their position on social issues, encouraging positive social change that starts here at OSU and extends outward,” Professor Mary Beth Beazley said. “All of these school-based and community organization’s members have benefited from OutLaws’ commitment to educating the OSU and local community about sexual orientation and gender identity issues.”
OutLaws seeks to inspire a spirit of cooperation and an acceptance of diversity at the Moritz College of Law. To that end, the group embraces the participation and support of all persons, including heterosexual law students, faculty, and staff, as allies in accomplishing their mission.
“Thanks and congratulations to Outlaws whose outstanding efforts make such an important contribution, as this recognizes,” said Alan C. Michaels, Dean and Edwin M. Cooperman Professor of Law.
Members of OutLaws will be invited to attend a University luncheon and recognized on the field at halftime of the Ohio State vs. Purdue football game in the fall.