Diversity Initiatives

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There are several ongoing diversity initiatives at Moritz. Below is a summary of some of these initiatives:

Student Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity. This group is a co-curricular student group, comprised of students from the College’s Asian/Pacific American Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, Latino Law  Students Association, and Middle Eastern Law Students Association.  These organizations are open to all Moritz students. The center works in conjunction with the Kirwan Institute to assist with research and projects.

Diversity Round Table Series. The is a luncheon series with law students and local lawyers coming together to discuss a wide range of legal and societal issues that touch upon diversity in its broadest sense. It is designed to create a safe environment where the attendees can feel free to discuss their views on sensitive topics and exchange ideas that will promote understanding. The Diversity Round Table theme is “seeking to understand, rather than being understood.” The goal is not to force agreement, but to create an environment that exposes all to diverse ideas and perspectives on issues such as race, gender, sexual orientation or religion.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee. This committee is made up of faculty, staff, and students. The Moritz dean appoints the faculty and staff members and the Student Bar Association (SBA) appoints the student members, who also serve as the SBA Diversity Committee. DMAC helps address diversity related issues in the College through a variety of programs, speakers, and initiatives, often in conjunction with several student organizations. Among those programs are the SBA Diversity Committee’s annual Diversity Week events.

Diversity Enrichment Scholarships. These scholarships are given to top students who offer unique qualities and experiences that will enrich the College’s student body and the legal profession. Recipients have included, but are not limited to, students of different ethnicities, cultures, beliefs, sexual orientations, and professional backgrounds, as well as students who have worked extensively with diverse populations. Applications for this award are not required, though admitted applicants are encouraged to submit an essay (not to exceed two pages) that speaks to how their diverse life experience will contribute to educational exchange and the legal profession. This essay can be emailed to lawadmit@osu.edu.