Diversity & Belonging Affinity Council
The Diversity & Belonging Affinity Council’s mission is to promote a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive environment for all students, including those from underrepresented communities, and equip all students with the skills to develop cultural competence and ability to mitigate individual and systemic bias in the legal profession.
The Council is chaired by Assistant Dean of Students Erin Keyes ’00, and includes Nubia Esparza, Senior Coordinator of Diversity & Student Programs, Simona Suen, Senior Recruiting and Diversity Coordinator, and student leaders from Minnesota Law’s affinity student organizations. The Council creates pathways for involvement and input from the student community, collaborates on programming and our ongoing discussion series, and provides feedback to the Racial Equity & Justice Committee.
Minnesota Law’s Commitment to Racial Justice page provides additional information on the Law School’s ongoing efforts in racial equity and justice, as well as our response to the killing of Twin Cities community member George Floyd.
Minnesota Law Community Conversations
Minnesota Law Community Conversations explore the intersection of individual rights and systemic inequities in law and legal education.
The Fall 2020 Discussion Series included the events below:
- The Power of Words: Protecting Free Speech and Those it May Harm on Wednesday, September 23, 2020
- Dangers of Colorblindness in Law on Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Minding the Justice Gap Scholarship Series
Minding the Justice Gap with the Innocence Project of Minnesota
The Diversity & Belonging Council presented Minding the Justice Gap with the Innocence Project of Minnesota (IPMN) on April 14, 2020. Audience members heard about IPMN’s groundbreaking advocacy, the recent success in the Javon Davis case, and how others can get involved in the on-going work of closing the gap in the criminal justice system.
Minding the Justice Gap: School Segregation in the Twin Cities
Minnesota Law’s Diversity and Belonging Committee held the inaugural Minding the Justice Gap Scholarship Series on November 20, 2019.
Professor Myron Orfield of the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity discussed school segregation in the Twin Cities and how it—along with other factors like gentrification and housing issues—contribute to a lack of diversity in American higher education.
Contact Minnesota Law’s Diversity & Belonging Affinity Council
At Minnesota Law, we believe that excellence and diversity go hand-in-hand. We strive to implement these core values in a number of ways so that we may offer a diverse, equitable, and inclusive experience for all students, staff, and faculty. Through our dedicated Diversity & Belonging Council, we continue to work toward these goals. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.