Associate Dean Message

A Commitment to Inclusion

What makes Boston College Law School so special? For the last decade my answer has always been the same: it is an unbelievably supportive community, where faculty, administrators, students, and alumni come together for the benefit of creating a vibrant academic and social experience.

While this community appreciates the many aspects of diversity, that is only one part of the equation. I believe that a genuine appreciation of diversity is measured by the inclusiveness of a community--and the opportunities that inclusion offers. Are your opinions appreciated? Are there opportunities to participate in various settings? Are you encouraged to engage and grow academically, personally and professionally? My ability to answer in the affirmative is essential, as it represents my experiences and expectations of the Boston College Law School community.

 

Tracey West, Associate Dean for External Relations, Diversity & Inclusion

 

 

BC Law recognizes the diverse demographics presented in today’s society and the need to reflect such diversity within our law school community. We strive to embrace and celebrate the similarities and differences our students bring to our campus, from our AHANAS community [African, Hispanic, Asian, Native American and South Asian] to our LAMBDA students to those with disabilities. As a result, students are encouraged to share their views, lifestyles and experiences both inside and outside the classroom.

Our diverse community represents some of the strongest groups of students that I have had the pleasure of working with throughout my years of practicing law and in higher education. I am proud of our committed alumni, whose efforts to “give back” are greatly appreciated. Alumni have stated that this desire to mentor sooner vs. later is influenced by their appreciation of the efforts and initiatives BC Law provides to help with the transition to law school and into the legal profession.

At our annual AHANAS retreat, offered before the official matriculation to BC Law, I have the pleasure of observing the beginning of many strong, life lasting relationships. This generous alumni sponsored event provides newly admitted AHANAS students the opportunity to congregate with upper-classmen and faculty who welcome them to the law school community. As a member of the BC Law community, there is nothing more moving than attending an affinity group event and seeing members of all student affinity groups present, supporting one another, as we celebrate who we are.

For Boston College Law School, diversity is not about quotas. It is based upon the passion of our faculty and staff who are committed to nurturing the various perspectives, values and talents of true global citizens. We embrace the opportunity to share rich and vast experiences with you during your tenure here.

Tracey West
Associate Dean for External Relations, Diversity & Inclusion

 

STATEMENT ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

We recognize the importance of all identities, whether they are based on race, ethnicity, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, age, national origin, or marital, family, or military status.

We acknowledge the complexities of identity in an increasingly intersectional and global world. We know that identity is multidimensional, with each individual possessing many interconnected and sometimes seemingly contradictory identities—and we believe that only through a holistic view of such intersectionality can we truly promote social justice.

We celebrate and engage the rich diversity of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. We continuously strive to foster and maintain an inclusive environment that ensures each member of our community enjoys equitable access to facilities, programs, resources, opportunities, and services.