By Suzi Morales. Standford Lawyer. January 5, 2023, Fall 2022 – Issue 107, In Focus
All across the country universities and their professional schools have been grappling with the proper design of initiatives to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion. One thing that has been missing, noticed Norm Spaulding, JD ’97, Nelson Bowman Sweitzer and Marie B. Sweitzer Professor of Law, is a centralized set of resources grounded in research on what works. “Lots of people have been proposing ideas and pursuing reforms. But I couldn’t find a broad, research-based platform on DEI topics and best practices,” he says.
This site, a project of Stanford Law School and SLS’s Robert Crown Law Library, collects and indexes research related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), with the goal of providing a single site for any university, faculty, instructor, staff, and student interested in learning about this topic.
This toolbox contains four different sections that contain instructional tools and resources that university instructors can implement within their respective courses. The purpose of the Toolbox is twofold:
This project offers resources to promote effective teaching, learning, and dialogue about racism, racial violence, and racial justice in colleges, universities, and communities across the United States.
Resources include two handbooks to help faculty and university leaders effectively engage in conversations about important issues.
RWU Law made national headlines in 2021 when it became one of just a handful of law schools nationwide to introduce a new required course on race and the law to its core legal curriculum. It was also one of the first to pilot its course as a spring elective.
After three years of strategic planning and a year of national reckoning, RWU Law designed the course to improve critical thinking about the law by offering important and often overlooked perspectives on race, and to prepare students for the fast-evolving legal landscape in which they will soon be practicing.
There is also a link to the Syllabus on the webpage.
For faculty wanting to include racial justice topics in their curriculum.
“Law faculty are often race-avoidant in teaching would-be lawyers, despite the role race has played in the construction and maintenance of the legal system in the United States. When race is absent from class discussions, that silence sends the message that the law is neutral and operates equally for all, when that is plainly not the lived experience for so many in this country. When we fail to incorporate issues of race and racism as a through line in core law school courses, we impede the professional development of future lawyers, who graduate without grappling with difficult but essential questions of how the law can operate to subordinate on the basis of race (and gender, class, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, religion, and ability). Our silence about how race informs law and its application does real damage to students and can be particularly alienating for students of color.” ~ Gerard Fowke, Librarian – Georgia State University College of Law Library.
The United States Feminist Judgments Project is part of a global collaboration of hundreds of feminist law professors who re-imagine and rewrite key judicial decisions from a feminist perspective. The touchstone of the project is that the rewritten opinions must use the facts and precedent of the original opinion, but bring to the process of judging a feminist perspective that takes into account race, class, gender, disability and other status groups historically marginalized by the law. In this way, the Project seeks to show that United States jurisprudence is not objective or neutral, but rather deeply influenced by the perspectives of those who are appointed to interpret it. As a consequence, the Project also shows that previously accepted judicial outcomes were neither necessary nor inevitable, and that feminist judges could have changed the course of American jurisprudence.
The project started with the publication of the first set of US Supreme Court decisions rewritten from the feminist perspective in 2016. Since then 11 more volumes have been created covering property, tort, employment discrimination, trusts and estates, family law, reproductive justice, and tax law. Three new volumes are coming out this fall covering health law, criminal, and corporate law.
We only have 2 of the series in our library collection, see below.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resource Guide - Clemson University This guide is designed to highlight resources at Clemson University Libraries relating to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
East Carolina University, Laupus Library - Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility LibGuide, provides background information on thier committee's goals, an archive of our previous programs and recorded events, and to provide diversity, equity, and inclusion resources, with a focus on health-related topics.
LibGuides at Boston College Law Library (bc.edu) - DEI Resources for 1L Faculty Retreat this guide's offerings are a small group of samples from a much larger body of literature. You can use the resources listed to find other resources.
The Center aims to foster institutions and societies where people of all backgrounds have a sense of belonging. The center creates a hub for faculty and students who wish to pursue research on issues of diversity, inclusion, and belonging. While open to any scholar working in the field, broadly defined, the center has focused its initial research on two principal concepts — authenticity and allyship — both aimed at fostering inclusive organizations.
Law school promises a great many things to future lawyers. An exceptional score on the LSAT exam has the potential to open doors at the nation’s most prestigious universities. Once in the classroom, a century-old curriculum promises to shape the minds of tomorrow’s leaders, equipping them with the tools they need to make their mark on the law.
Does law school actually deliver on those promises though? Does the admissions process result in a diverse and qualified class of students, or have schools come to rely too heavily on standardized test scores? Within the classroom, professors count on the Socratic method to teach students how to think like a lawyer, but at what cost to their mental health?
These are the questions we aim to answer in our two-part podcast series Law360 Explores: The Law School Promise. We’ll take a deep look at whether the structures of legal education are working to the benefit of students and the legal profession as a whole, and we’ll explore some of the ways that law school could do better.
These podcasts are also available via other podcast streaming services, including iHeart Radio, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Apple Podcasts.
The Office of Graduate Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is excited to share with you the launch of a new partnership between The Graduate School and the Center for Innovation and Inclusion (located in the College of Education). “The Grad Cohort” is a new podcast series that leverages the dynamic learning taking place in graduate courses at UofSC. In this podcast series, graduate students engage in critical conversations about issues of justice, equity and inclusion. Each semester, a graduate level course takes on the podcast series as an academic project and the students in the course develop, facilitate/host, and record episodes based on the course topic. The content is for graduate students, by graduate students. Series 1 is now available for Fall 2021 and can be accessed by visiting this link https://www.usccihe.org/gradcohort. A new series and new course/topic will be recorded each semester, so look for Series 2 in Spring 2022!
https://www.michellemijungkim.com/wakeup Available in both print and audio, and at independent bookstores as well as Amazon.
In The Wake Up, Michelle MiJung Kim shares foundational principles often missing in today’s mainstream conversations around “diversity and inclusion” and urges readers to go beyond performative allyship to enacting real transformation within ourselves and in the world. The Wake Up invites readers to deep dive into the challenging and nuanced work of pursuing equity and justice, while exploring various complexities, contradictions, and conflicts inherent in our imperfect world.
In this book, you’ll learn to spot situations where you can create a more inclusive culture, along with straightforward steps to take. Karen Catlin will walk you through how to be a better ally,