Judith Perez Caro Portrait

Director

Dr. Judith Pérez-Caro
Director
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Dr. Pérez-Caro [she/her/hers] currently serves as the inaugural Director of Equity and Inclusion at the Georgetown University Law Center. In this role, she serves as the primary thought leader and advisor on all institutional matters pertaining to diversity, equity and inclusion, and promotes collaborative efforts to engage the law school’s faculty, staff, administration, and students.

Dr. Pérez-Caro advocates for students who are historically underrepresented in the legal profession, develops and sponsors educational programs that explore the intersection of social justice and diversity, and provides faculty and staff with advisory services to support inclusive pedagogy and administrative practices.

Dr. Pérez-Caro has served as an educator and faculty member, scholar, and diversity officer for the past two decades, and is professionally trained as a sociologist. She holds degrees from Canisius College (BA), Columbia University (MA), and Fordham University (PhD). As a Puerto Rican first-generation college graduate from The Bronx, Dr. Pérez-Caro has remained committed to supporting the success of underrepresented students throughout her career.

Students can click here to set up an appointment with Dr. Pérez-Caro.

 

OEI Partners

Robyn Rucker
Equity & Inclusion Advisor
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Robyn Rucker [she/her/hers] is Associate Director, 3Ls and Recent Graduates, in the Office of Career Strategy. She also serves OEI as an Equity & Inclusion Advisor. In this role, she provides one-on-one advising to students and student groups who have questions, concerns, or issues specifically related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Robyn graduated from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Post law school, she served as a Deputy Attorney General for the Indiana Attorney General’s Office. She later joined the Indiana Supreme Court as a Staff Attorney. Prior to joining Georgetown Law Center, she served as the Associate Director of Career Advising at Valparaiso University Law School.

Robyn is available for 30-minute advising appointments on Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Students can click here to set up an appointment with Robyn.

 

McKenna Nolan
Office Assistant and Peer Affinity Liaison*

McKenna Nolan [she/her/hers] currently serves as an Office Assistant and Peer Affinity Liaison. In this role, she provides administrative and liaison support to Dr. Pérez-Caro through curriculum-centered inclusive pedagogy projects and speaking engagements. McKenna also serves as an additional point of contact to First-Generation and Women of Color students seeking assistance from the office.

McKenna is a 3L. She is an Opportunity Scholar at Georgetown and a member of the Academic Standards Committee on campus. During her 1L summer, McKenna interned for the Department of Justice, where she helped litigate cases in the Constitutional and Specialized Torts Division. Most recently, McKenna spent her 2L summer working for Paul Hastings LLP, where she was awarded the firm’s Diversity Scholar for her academic achievements and community service efforts at Georgetown. McKenna has a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Communication from UC Davis. McKenna was born and raised in the heart of California before venturing to D.C. to pursue her legal career.

McKenna works on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

 

Domingo J. Ríos Rivera
Office Assistant and Peer Affinity Liaison*

Domingo J. Ríos Rivera [he/him/his] currently serves as an Office Assistant and Peer Affinity Liaison at the Office of Equity and Inclusion. In this role, he provides support to Dra. Pérez-Caro and serves as an additional point of contact to Latinx and Muslim students seeking assistance from the office.

Domingo is a third-year law student currently pursuing his interests in international business, intellectual property, and banking law. He is originally from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico and has a BA in Economics from the University of Puerto Rico. While in college, he interned at the U.S. House of Representatives and worked for a creative enterprise incubator in his hometown. Domingo currently volunteers as a translator for spanish-speakers applying for asylum in the US. In his free time, he enjoys creating art, going to museums, and playing racquetball. His friends also call him Sunday.

Domingo works on Thursdays from 12:00 to 5:00 PM.

 

Jennifer Couch
Office Assistant and Peer Affinity Liaison*

Jennifer (Jen) Couch [she/her/hers] currently serves as an Office Assistant and Peer Affinity Liaison. In this role, she provides support to Dr. Pérez-Caro on new OEI initiatives and serves as an additional point of contact to Black, Asian, RISE, and Undocumented students seeking assistance from the office.

Jennifer is a 2L. She is the private sector professional chair of APALSA, a Staff Editor for the Georgetown Journal of International Law, a RISE fellow, and a Business Law Scholar. Prior to law school, she worked as an immigration paralegal. Jennifer has a BA in Psychology and Political Science, with a minor in English from The City College of New York. She grew up in Queens, NY, and recently moved to DC for law school.

Jennifer works on Wednesdays from 12:00 to 6:00 PM and on Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

 

Michael Smith
Office Assistant and Peer Affinity Liaison*

Michael Smith [he/him/his] currently serves as an Office Assistant and Peer Affinity Liaison. In this role, he provides support to Dr. Pérez-Caro on follow-up to the Spring 2020 Campus Climate Survey as well as other OEI initiatives and serves as an additional point of contact to Native, Indigenous, and LGBTQIA2S+ students seeking assistance from the office.

Michael is a 2L. He is a member of the SBA Student-Faculty Diversity Committee, a Staff Editor for the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy, and a research assistant on two access to justice projects. Prior to law school, he worked for the Legal Services Corporation and Advocates for Youth. Michael has a BA in Women’s Studies from George Washington University. He grew up in Trumbull, CT, but has called DC home for the past ten years.

Michael works on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

 

*Peer Affinity Liaisons (PALs) serve as additional lines of communication and support for OEI. PALs handle non-confidential student matters including connecting students to resources and relaying messages to Dr. Pérez-Caro.