Texas Tech University

Statement of Principles on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Law School is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Law School is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice—and emphatically rejects racism and all other forms of bias, bigotry, and intolerance in all their many manifestations, including implicit bias and systemic inequities.

The Law School is committed to all forms of diversity, equity, and inclusion—including racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, socio-economic, disability, religious, and philosophical.

The Law School is committed to fostering a welcoming and supportive diverse environment where every student and every other member of our community can thrive and grow as a professional and as a person.

The Law School is committed to providing our students and others in our community with a better and deeper understanding of privilege, cultural competency, intersectionality, and anti-racist practices. As a community, we pledge to encourage everyone to work harder to listen, learn, and act to overcome racism and all other forms of bias.

The Law School, as a diverse educational institution and as a school of law, is committed to the education of our students, the advancement of knowledge, and the improvement of our legal system to advance the causes of equality, liberty, justice, and the rule of law. The Law School recognizes that the criminal justice system is in particular need of study and reform.

The Law School, as a diverse educational institution and as a school of law, is committed to fostering resilience and resolve as we train outstanding attorneys who will pursue their careers and the public good.

The Law School, as a diverse educational institution, is committed to civility, respectful debate and disagreement, freedom of thought and expression, the democratic process, and the rule of law. The Law School supports the right to peaceful protest and rejects all non-peaceful means of change.

The Law School, as a diverse educational institution, is committed to working harder each year to live up to these commitments and to the promotion of allyship, healing, grace, and unity as our community and the nation build a better world.

Call to Action

Each year, the Law School will continue to work to improve its already robust array of initiatives and programs advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

The Law School will also publish an annual diversity report cataloguing significant activities and accomplishments in crucial areas such as events and lectures, student support and engagement, professional development and trainings, and recruitment and onboarding. The Law School will also outline selected action items each spring for the coming year.

 

The Statement of Principles was drafted by the Dean's Office in partnership with the Alumni Special Committee on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice. It has been endorsed by the Office of Student Life, the Law School's Directors of Diversity, and the student Diversity Advisory Board. 

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