Annual Diversity and Inclusion Program
Each year, we host an annual diversity and inclusion program that addresses current issues concerning diversity and inclusion in the legal community in Cleveland and throughout the nation.
We’ve engaged civil and criminal defense lawyers, government attorneys and the broader legal community in a discussion on how diversity plays a role in police reform efforts and provided suggestions for police reform. Featured speakers included representatives from the local chapters of the LBGT Community Center of Greater Cleveland and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and lawyers who represent mentally ill clients and other groups.
We’ve also featured executive legal leaders at large corporations, such as American Greetings, who focused on the challenges of being a diverse lawyer working for a large corporation and the importance of diversity in the legal community.
Diversity and Inclusion Scholar Program
Through this program, a group of our first-year law students receive more in-depth academic and career counseling in a small-group setting. The scholars' program supports students in their academic and career endeavors, and creates a family-like atmosphere that will help them feel more included at the law school.
Diversity 360 Training
Students, staff and faculty participate in Diversity 360°
training, which increases our capacity to recognize and engage in dialogue among differences and deepens our understanding of how privileged and marginalized groups are treated throughout campus. The training takes place in collaboration with the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. In addition to Diversity 360, faculty and staff participate in annual diversity educational sessions.
Diversity Week is held each winter. There are lunch panels involving local speakers and a student diversity fair in which representatives from student organizations discuss how their organization works to make CWRU's diversity mission statement a reality at the law school.