Diversity and Inclusion

New York Law School is committed to advancing diversity within our institution and within the community. 

About the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

As “New York’s law school,” we are committed to ensuring that our institution reflects the diversity and excellence for which New York is known. Towards this goal, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion supports students, administration and staff, faculty, and alumni in addressing all aspects of diversity, with a focus on underrepresented communities and military veterans.

For students this means providing an educational environment that educates, challenges, and develops the knowledge, values, cultural competency, and professional skills needed to become a twenty-first century attorney, prepared to serve in an increasingly global workplace. From application through graduation and admission to the bar, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion helps diverse students fully engage in the academic programs, student and career services, and opportunities offered by the law school.

Portrait of Ella Mae Estrada, Associate Dean for Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, and Diversity InitiativesElla Mae Estrada
Associate Dean of Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, and Diversity Initiatives
ellamae.estrada@nyls.edu
212.431.2888

 

 

Shani DarbyShani Darby
Senior Director of Student Life and Deputy Diversity Officer
shani.darby@nyls.edu
212.431.2896

 

 

 

Aisha Joseph

Aisha Joseph
Director of Career Planning and Deputy Diversity Officer
aisha.joseph@nyls.edu
212.431.2345

 

 

 

Kitty Montanez

Kitty Montanez
Associate Director of Human Resources and Deputy Diversity Officer
kitty.montanez@nyls.edu
212.431.2133

 

 

Institutional Diversity Plan

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at New York Law School supports students, administration and staff, faculty, and alumni in addressing all aspects of diversity, with a focus on underrepresented communities and military veterans. The Office partners with diverse alumni, affinity bar associations, and other advocacy organizations to expand opportunities for diverse students and NYLS staff. Learn more about our commitment to advancing diversity within our institution, the community, and the legal profession in NYLS’s Institutional Diversity Plan and 2020 Strategic Plan.

Faculty Diversity Committee

Kirk D. Burkhalter ’04
Diversity Committee Chair
Professor of Law

Susan J. Abraham
Professor of Law

David Chang
Theodore Dwight 125th Anniversary Professor of Law

Anthony W. Crowell, Chair
Dean and President
Professor of Law

Cynara Hermes McQuillan ’03
Visiting Professor of Law
Assistant Dean for Bar Success

Edward A. Purcell Jr.
Joseph Solomon Distinguished Professor of Law

Ann F. Thomas
Otto L. Walter Distinguished Professor of Tax Law
Director, Graduate Tax Program