Diversity and belonging: A welcoming Minnesota Law community

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
Fall 2020 Discussion Series

Minnesota Law Community Conversations explores the intersection of individual rights and systemic inequities in law and legal education.

The Power of Words: Protecting Free Speech and Those it May Harm
Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm
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Join fellow Minnesota Law students, faculty, and staff in a series of virtual Community Conversations that explore the intersections of individual rights with systemic inequities. Our first event in the series features Professor Heidi Kitrosser, an expert in Constitutional Law and Free Speech, and Deepinder Mayell, Executive Director of the James H. Binger Center for New Americans and Co-Chair of the Law School’s new Racial Equity Committee. They will explore the relationship between free speech and inclusiveness on university campuses, and welcome attendee questions and participation.

Submit questions for our speakers on Wednesday, as well as topic or co-sponsorship suggestions for future events on this form.

Colorblindness in Law
Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm
Registration and additional information coming soon.


Minding the Justice Gap Scholarship Series

Minding the Justice Gap with the Innocence Project of Minnesota

Javon Davis (center) with the IPMN team: Rachael Melby, 3L, IPMN Advancement & Operations Manager Emily Luxem, IPMN staff attorney James Mayer ‘01, Davis, IPMN legal director Julie Jonas ‘95, IPMN Executive Director Sara Jones '88, and Brandy Hough ’19.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.

Watch a recording of the webinar here and read more here.

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 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 lawdiv@umn.edu with questions.

Provide Feedback

Do you have a Diversity & Inclusion-related comment or concern? Contact the Law School’s Diversity & Belonging Council:

Comment Form: z.umn.edu/lawdiv
Email: lawdiv@umn.edu

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