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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Columbia Law School’s inclusive and engaging community encourages students to learn from viewpoints and experiences different from their own in a supportive and welcoming environment. 

Our Diverse Community

At Columbia Law, we cultivate and value a talented community that is broadly and multidimensionally representative. More than that, our students come from countries around the world, speak hundreds of languages, and have earned degrees in every subject, from comparative literature to particle physics. And they have educational backgrounds as diverse as they are, whether they have lawyers in their families or are the first in their family to attend college.

Events and Programming

Each week, students attend events, conferences, and other programs that engage with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and hear from a wide range of experts. These programs can take many forms: a panel discussion on women in the legal profession, a gathering of alumni of color, or a conference sponsored by a student affinity group. 

Our Commitment to Anti-Racism

During the summer of 2020, Dean Lester announced the creation of an Anti-Racism Steering Committee composed of faculty, students, and senior administrators to evaluate, coordinate, and strengthen anti-racism efforts across the Law School. The creation of this Committee is part of Columbia Law's ongoing commitment to engaging in the hard work of self-examination—our past, our values, or responsibilities—and charting a course for a future built on a strong and indefatigable commitment to combating structural racism. Read the Committee's agenda and see below for the its composition and areas of focus. 

Chair: 

  • David Pozen, Vice Dean for Intellectual Life and Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law

Faculty:

Senior Administrators:

  • Yadira Ramos-Herbert, Associate Dean for Student and Registration Services

  • Erica Smock, Assistant Dean and Dean for Social Justice Initiatives and Public Service Lawyering

Students: 

  • Anu Chugh, Class of 2022

  • Dante Violette, Class of 2022
     

Anti Racism Steering Committee Goals and Plans

1.

Increasing recruitment and hiring of faculty from underrepresented minority groups

2.

Promoting inclusive pedagogy and enhancing the cultural competency of classroom instructors

3.

Enhancing attention to issues of racial justice and related topics in the classroom and curriculum

4.

Ensuring appropriate anti-bias training and oversight of on-campus security

5.

Promoting racial justice work in Harlem and strengthening the Law School’s relationships with the Harlem community and surrounding neighborhoods

6.

Expanding professional pathways for students from underrepresented minority groups

7.

Enhancing financial support for students pursuing racial justice work and for students of color pursuing social justice work

8.

Supporting ongoing anti-racist initiatives at the Law School

9.

Supporting future anti-racist initiatives at the Law School

For more information

Read the Committee's Agenda

Download here

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Columbia's Commitment to Diversity

 Columbia University values educational diversity has established a variety of initiatives designed to recruit and support a community of students, faculty, and staff that is diverse in every way.

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Columbia Diversity Offices and Initiatives

Columbia’s commitment to diversity is supported by a variety of offices and initiatives across the University.

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Inclusion and Belonging at Columbia

Columbia's Office of University Life is a hub for campus-wide programming, initiatives, and resources to promote inclusion and belonging.

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Events & Programs

Student Affinity Groups at Columbia Law

Empowering Women of Color: Strengthening a Growing Intersectional Community

Women of color make up nearly 20 percent of Columbia Law School’s student body. Now in its 10th year, student organization Empowering Women of Color (EWOC) supports this community and helps individuals face challenges through mentorship and professional development opportunities as well as academic and social events. Watch Kori Cooper ’21, Seojin Park ’21, and Lorena Rodriguez ’21 share what the student organization means to them.