June 6, 2013
McGeorge was selected as the runner-up for the 2013 Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Diversity Matters Award at the organization's mid-year meeting on June 1, 2013, in Newport Beach.
The annual Diversity Matters Award is given to a law school that has demonstrated the highest level of outreach to racially and ethnically diverse students from the target audience of LSAC's DiscoverLaw.org campaign. LSAC developed the DiscoverLaw.org campaign to encourage racially and ethnically diverse students to discover career opportunities in law and choose a path in undergraduate school to help them succeed. The contest runs from July 1 to April 30 each year. In determining the winners, LSAC considers creativity, event attendance, and overall use of all funds.
DePaul University narrowly edged out McGeorge for the top prize. Other schools cited by the organization as the ten finalists were Arizona State, Chapman, Emory University, Gonzaga, Loyola Chicago, Marquette, Wayne State, and William Mitchell.
"This is a great recognition of our outreach efforts," said Dean Francis J. Mootz III. "At the LSAC meeting, I was gratified to see how highly regarded Tracy Simmons is among her peers, and to learn how our ongoing efforts over the past year in our Admissions Office track best practices from operational and ethical perspectives. Of course, this award is possible because of an accumulation of efforts over the years by many people at McGeorge."
Simmons is finishing her first year as Assistant Dean of Admissions and Director of Diversity Initiatives at McGeorge. Her former school, Chapman University, finished as the second runner-up for the LSAC Diversity Matters Award.