At the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University we recognize that diversity is one of our greatest strengths. We value diversity not in an attempt to impress outsiders, but because we have found that our students are best prepared and our faculty is best served by being exposed to individuals who bring with them a variety of ideas, experiences, and perspectives. Being educated and trained here will take you beyond merely learning about cases and legal theories; you also will learn a great deal about the people who make up our world and the institutions we create and depend on.
We are extremely proud of the close-knit community we have worked very hard to create. We seek to provide an environment where all of our students can not only succeed, but where they will be challenged to build upon their potential, grow, and develop the skills that will ensure their success in future years.
We hope that you can join us and help us build on the success we have had thus far.
The Diversity Services Office serves as a resource to enhance the law school experience for all members of the Scalia Law community in areas of diversity that include:
- Sexual Orientation
- Political Ideology
Many of our student organizations have a commitment to increased diversity awareness within the law school community. At Scalia Law we have a number of student organizations whose goal is to promote ethnic/cultural, gender, sexual orientation and/or religious diversity. For more information, see Diversity Focus in Student Organizations at Scalia Law.
Scholarship Opportunities—Many scholarship programs have a focus on diversity, and we provide students with a shortcut to that information.
Career and Internship Opportunities—Scalia Law takes part in a variety of job fairs and programs targeting minority students throughout the year.
Outreach Connections—The Diversity Services Office maintains a listing of the various bar associations and organizations in the area that have a focus on diversity.
Diversity & Inclusion Certificate Program
Scalia Law offers a Diversity & Inclusion: Foundations and Strategies certificate program. The program sessions are a combination of instruction, class exercises, and presentations, with reading assigned in advance. The program features guest speakers from law firms, government, associations, and the business sector, and is designed to give students the ability to effectively engage in diversity and inclusion efforts both during law school and upon graduation in their chosen field of practice.
The program is free for all law students. The program is not for academic credit, but students who complete the program receive a certificate, a reference to the program on their transcript, and students may include the training on their resume.
SESSION 1: Introduction to Diversity and Inclusion:
This session will introduce students to the terms and foundational concepts of diversity and inclusion, outline the parameters and expectations for the certificate program, and explain how students can utilize the certificate during law school and upon graduation. Instructors and guest speakers will explain the market significance of diversity and inclusion (recognizing shifting demographics, technology changes, globalization, and changing business needs), opportunities in the marketplace, and how the market can respond to issues surrounding diversity and inclusion.
SESSION 2: Legal v. Aspirational Considerations:
This session will cover the law of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) (i.e., the legal requirements) in addition to explaining the fundamentals of diversity and inclusion initiatives (i.e., the theories behind and benefits of going beyond the legal requirements), demonstrating why diversity and inclusion initiatives are important in addition to meeting the legal minimum.
SESSION 3: Realizing and Overcoming Unconscious Bias:
This session is designed to give students a sense of what unconscious bias is, how it may appear/impact decision-making, and how it can be overcome.
SESSION 4: Effective Outreach/Hiring/Retention Strategies to Build a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce
This session will teach students, through a panel discussion of guest speakers, how to approach and plan to accomplish diversity and inclusion goals through recruiting, hiring, retention, organization culture, and outreach.
SESSION 5: Establishing Cultural Competencies in a Global Marketplace:
This session will teach students cultural competency basics so students are better able to understand and advance diversity and inclusion strategies in their chosen field of practice. The focus will be on examples likely to arise in business and other professional settings.
SESSION 6: Effective Management Tools to Advance Diversity and Inclusion Strategies:
This session will introduce ideas and strategies regarding how to raise awareness within an organization and how to create a culture of inclusion aligned with the organization mission/vision. The session is designed to give students tools they can use to build diversity partnerships across an institution (conflict resolution skills, tools to build consensus, ways they could educate corporate clients / law firm management about the importance of diversity and inclusion efforts, etc.).