The Spirit of Inclusion
a message from the associate dean for external relations, diversity & 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.
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. We often brag about our committed alumni whose efforts to initiate the “giving back” process within the early months of their graduation 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 with the transition to law school and 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 “ALSA” 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