February 13, 2019
McGeorge's annual Diversity Week from Feb. 4 to Feb. 8, 2019, brought students, faculty and staff together for a variety of events in celebration of the theme, "Unity through Diversity."
The week began on Monday, Feb. 4 with a noon kick-off international food faire in the Student Center, sponsored by JD Admissions, several staff, faculty and students from Lambda, Asian/Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA), Environmental and the Water Law Society, and the Diversity Affairs Committee. The lunch raised $420 for the McGeorge Faculty Diversity Scholarship, a donation that will be doubled through the Powell Match Gift Fund. Monday evening the Center for Inclusion and Diversity (CID) hosted an Open House, sponsored by Lambda, and invited the campus community to drop in and visit with CID staff, volunteers, advocates and members of the Diversity Affairs Committee. The Middle Eastern & South Asian Association (MESAA) offered henna hand tattoos during the event.
Tuesday, Feb. 5 Diversity Week events began at noon with, “Tea in the CID and “You Do You” Professional Dress Program,” sponsored by the Women’s Caucus and the Career Development Center (CDO). At 5:30 p.m. the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) hosted a movie night where they screened the film, Blindspotting. BLSA’s panel of lawyers and legislative staffers dove deep into the issues depicted in the film and provided thought-provoking discussion on topics such as: systemic racism within police departments, gentrification throughout urban communities, and implicit biases and stereotypes minorities face in the workplace.
The CID hosted a roundtable discussion event on Wednesday, Feb. 6, “Tea in the CID and Midweek Mindfulness: How do Busy People Take Care of Themselves?” On Thursday, “Tea in the CID and Managing Secondary Trauma: Starting the Conversation” at noon was sponsored by the Diversity Affairs Committee and Legal Clinics. Professor Larry Levine and Lambda sponsored a Distinguished Speaker Diversity Lecture Thursday evening. Professor David Cruz, the Newton Professor of Constitutional Law at the USC Gould School of Law lectured on the topic of ”Transgender Workers' Rights and Title VII” in Classroom E.
On Friday, Feb. 8, BLSA visited Aspire Capitol Heights Academy, a charter elementary school focused on college-prep located near McGeorge in the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento. The BLSA group presented to fourth and fifth grade students on Black History focusing on the kings and queens of Africa, the fight for freedom during enslavement, and how Thurgood Marshall as a lawyer and a judge fought against discrimination.
The Latinx Law Students Association (LLSA) sponsored the final Friday event of Diversity Week, “First-Generation Law Student Experience: A Discussion with Cerebronas Podcast Hosts” from noon to 2 p.m. in Classroom A. Stanford third-year law student Cynthia and Stanford alumna Yvette, the hosts of the podcast, led a discussion on navigating law school and the legal profession as first-generation law students.
McGeorge fosters a vibrant, supportive and welcoming environment, which celebrates the many definitions of diversity in the campus community. McGeorge was recognized among the most diverse law schools with an A-grade in the Winter 2019 issue of preLaw Magazine. The law school also appeared in the Top 10 Law Schools with the "Greatest Resources for Minority Students" in the Princeton Review's Best 169 Law Schools 2019, this year as No. 7.