Monday, April 25, 2016

“Embracing Diversity Award” Applications Due TODAY

The College of Law invites rising second- and third-year law students to apply for its “Embracing Diversity” award. The award recipient will create, manage and oversee a series of talks and community conversations addressing issues of socio-economic diversity (broadly defined), and may help coordinate a College of Law Faculty Symposium focused on similar issues. The successful applicant will receive $5,000 for the fall semester, with the award renewable for a second semester upon a showing of satisfactory progress by the student. It is also possible that the award will be split between two applicants who will work together as a team for the entire year, for an award of $5,000 each for the year.

The award recipient will work under the supervision of a committee selected by the dean of the College of Law. Each semester, the award recipient will be expected to organize both an “Embracing Diversity Featured Speaker Presentation” and one or two “Conversation With ...” dinners each semester. The dinners will ordinarily consist of eight to ten current College of Law students and a guest speaker to discuss and promote understanding of socio-economic diversity issues. The goal of these events will be to heighten student awareness of diversity issues as they prepare to enter their professional careers, and to help build positive relationships with those whom they may in future represent.

Applicants must be full- or part-time second- or third-year law students in good academic standing in the College of Law for the 2016-2017 academic year. The successful candidate should have an interest and desire to work on behalf of socio-economic diversity issues, broadly defined, within the College.

Applications must include a current résumé, an unofficial law school transcript, and a short essay that explains why the applicant would like to assist with the diversity series and that discusses what impact participation in the program will have on his or her career.

Completed applications are due by April 25, 2016, in the mailbox of Professor Yolanda King. Late applications will not be accepted. Questions about the Embracing Diversity speaker series, award, or application process may be directed to Professors King, Widman, or Associate Dean Falkoff.

The Embracing Diversity speaker series and student award are generously funded by Vera Verbel. Persons who are related by blood, marriage or adoption to Ms. Verbel or who have a personal or business relationship with her must disclose such facts in their application materials.