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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Most Diverse 2021

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) are long-standing core values of DePaul College of Law and integral to our social justice mission.  These values are reflected in welcoming students from all backgrounds to our community, helping our students realize their full potential, and treating all with dignity and respect.  They are also reflected in our efforts that enhance access to legal services and challenge institutions to be fairer and more just.

Our administrators, faculty, staff, students and alumni work collaboratively on a variety of initiatives, from programs and student mentoring, to partnerships with Chicago organizations equally committed to these same core values.

Notable initiatives for Fall 2020 included:

  • Completing a student climate study
  • Implementing a 1L mentoring program for affinity group students
  • Providing full-time faculty members with training and resources to support integrating structural racism and other critical perspectives into their classrooms
  • Creating an Alumni Diversity Council
  • Having all 1L students attend a diversity, inclusion and equity professional development program, which included a session on implicit bias, as part of the required Preparing to Practice (P2P) course
  • Providing additional funds for student technology support, mental health services and emergency assistance
  • Hosting a “Community Conversations” lecture series on racial justice and policing, COVID-19 and racial disparities, and voting rights