Williams Institute

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Williams Institute
Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy
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Named afterCharles R. "Chuck" Williams
Founded2001; 21 years ago (2001)
TypeResearch institute
Executive director
Jocelyn Samuels
Websitewilliamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu Edit this at Wikidata

The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy, usually shortened to Williams Institute, is a public policy research institute based at the UCLA School of Law focused on sexual orientation and gender identities issues.


The Williams Institute was founded in 2001 through a grant by Charles R. "Chuck" Williams. Williams's inaugural donation of $2.5 million to create the institute was the largest donation ever given to any academic institution in support of a LGBT academic program in any discipline.[1][2] In 2013, Williams donated an additional $5.5 million to support the institute.[1]


The Williams Institute focuses on legal research, public policy analysis, judicial training, and leadership development. Their core focus issues include employment discrimination, same-sex marriage,[3] adoption, LGBT youth, public health, immigration, poverty,[4] and violence.[2] The institute also provides an LGBT analysis of the United States Census.[3][5]


Researchers involved with the Williams Institute include:


  1. ^ a b "UCLA Law Receives $5.5 Million Gift to Support Growth and Leadership of the Williams Institute". law.ucla.edu (Press release). UCLA School of Law. July 9, 2013. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Mission". Williams Institute. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  3. ^ a b AlHajal, Khalil (June 26, 2015). "Michigan gay marriage ban overturned by Supreme Court". MLive.com. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  4. ^ "Williams Institute Finds Erasing Gender Wage Gap Would Reduce LGBT Poverty". Between the Lines. June 11, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  5. ^ Sherman, Mark (June 26, 2015). "Supreme Court extends gay marriage nationwide". Chippewa Herald. Associated Press. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Experts". Williams Institute. Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  7. ^ "Experts Archive". Williams Institute. Retrieved March 21, 2022.

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