Office of Equity & Inclusion
In light of our Jesuit mission to educate the whole person (cura personalis) and our ongoing commitment to social justice, the Law Center created and launched the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) in 2016 to champion community-wide equity, inclusion, and diversity initiatives.
OEI collaborates with all members of the Law Center community (faculty, staff, students, and alumni) to create, support, and maintain a diverse and inclusive law school environment. We work strategically to develop and support equity and inclusion efforts through community programming, educational and training programs, student advocacy, and advisory and consultancy services.
PROGRAMMING AND SUPPORT
OEI provides institutional advisory and consulting services as well as individual and group-level support to examine and explore some of the complex diversity, equity, and inclusion issues facing Georgetown Law, legal academia, and the nation.
In accordance with ABA Goal III, OEI offers the following support to students:
- Advising to address individual student concerns as they relate to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Advocacy for students and student groups from historically underrepresented backgrounds in the legal academy and profession, including (but not limited to): students of color; low-income students; first-generation students; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Two-Spirit + (LGBTQIA2S+) students; and allies. OEI also recognizes ability as an important aspect of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and works in close collaboration with the Office of Disability Services to create an environment that is accessible and inclusive for all students.
FOR FACULTY & STAFF
The OEI develops co-curricular programs and provides advisory services to enhance inclusion, a sense of belonging, and to promote the discussion of difference. We do this by partnering with faculty and administrators to enhance classroom climate/pedagogy through:
- Identifying, sharing, and supporting innovative pedagogical best practices through continuing education and professional development workshops, seminars, or other fora.
- Ally and coalition building work to create co-curricular programming related to cultural competency, promoting civil discourse, implicit associations and bias reduction, and exploring the intersections between social justice and various forms of diversity.
Beginning in Fall 2021, Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion Sheila Foster is also focusing on strategic and organizational planning in the DEI space and leading focused faculty conversations on ways to promote inclusion in the classroom.
REPORT A BIAS INCIDENT
The Office of Equity and Inclusion is a semi-confidential space. Any member of the university community can consult with OEI staff for guidance on how to report a possible bias related incident. For more information, click here to learn more about the formal reporting system.