On March 2, New York Law School (NYLS) proudly celebrated Diversity Day, an annual event recognized by the American Bar Association that highlights the importance of eliminating bias and promoting diversity in law schools and the legal profession.
The School community wore yellow as a sign of commitment to an inclusive campus. Dean Anthony W. Crowell presented awards to six 2017 Diversity Champions:
- Professor Deborah N. Archer, Co-Director of the Impact Center for Public Interest Law, Director of the Racial Justice Project, and Chair of the Faculty Diversity Committee
- The Safe Passage Project Clinic
- Kenneth Greer, Assistant Manager of Safety and Security and Chair of the Sub-Committee on Diversity and Inclusion on the Dean’s Roundtable Committee
- Samantha Dunac 3L, President of the NYLS Black Law Students Association, Co-President of the NYLS Legal Association for Women, Admissions Chair for the NYLS First Generation Professionals, and Job Fair Coordinator for the Northeast Region of the National Black Law Students Association (which recently recognized her with an award)
- Justin Meeks 4L Evening, Evening Vice President of the Student Bar Association and former Chairperson of the Student Diversity Committee
- Maverick James 1L, Co-Founder of the New York City Peer Health Exchange Alumni Council
“At NYLS, we celebrate and push for diversity and inclusion every day, in everything we do, as part of our core set of values,” Dean Crowell said. He praised the 2017 Diversity Champions, noting that they “have been leaders on campus promoting diversity, inclusion, and common understanding among our students, and have been on the front lines protecting those whose rights and liberties are most at risk.”
NYLS student groups also organized related events. The Black Law Students Association—recently named a Chapter of the Year for the Northeast by the National Black Law Students Association—hosted the tabling session “What Diversity Means to Me.” The First Generation Professionals held a panel discussion and networking session. And the Latin American Law Student Association and OutLaws screened the film Mala Mala.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion organized the day’s activities. The Office is led by Associate Dean of Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, and Diversity Initiatives Ella Mae Estrada and includes Senior Director of Student Life Shani Darby, Director of Career Planning Aisha Joseph, and Associate Director of Human Resources Kitty Montanez.
Learn about NYLS’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and its Institutional Diversity Plan here.
See photos from the day here.