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Diversity Committee

Established in 2007 as the Diversity Working Group, the Law School’s Diversity Committee is charged with fostering an environment that supports the success and inclusion of faculty, staff, and students from groups that have experienced systematic, societal discrimination. The committee supports the law school’s commitment as a professional school to developing the cultural competency of our campus community and to promote equitable access to justice and to the profession.

The committee evaluates goals at the beginning of each academic year and has set many important initiatives in motion ranging from faculty and staff training sessions, film screenings, resource development, collaboration with student groups, policy development and recommendations, incident response, climate surveys, and more.

Membership changes from year to year. The 2018/2019 members are:

  • Professor Kathy Hessler, Committee Chair
  • Lydia Ruiz-Hom, Committee Staff
  • Dean Janet Steverson
  • Associate Dean Libby Davis
  • Assistant Dean J.B. Kim
  • Professor Tom Buchele
  • Professor Meg Garvin
  • Professor George Foster
  • Julieanna Elegant
  • Reggie Raiford
  • Kelly Novahom
  • Rachel Wolfard, Student Representative
  • Caitlin Skurky, Student Representative
  • Amanda Pham Haines, Student Representative
  • Ollie Caron-Noble, Student Representative

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