At UC Davis, there is also a Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In addition to promoting the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion among faculty, alumni, staff, and students in the law school, what are the committee's tasks and what does it stand for?
I am very excited to be a member of the School of Law Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This important law school committee is creating a short- and long-term strategy to institutionalize these values so that they become a permanent part of our law school culture, curriculum, and environment.
My goal is to integrate an international perspective into these discussions and long-term planning since diversity, equity and inclusion are global considerations and our international colleagues have much to contribute to making a more just global society. Creating a long-term strategy is very exciting and will leave a legacy for years to come.
The law school is housed within “King Hall” on the UC Davis campus. Where does the building's name come from and are there any special events that the King Hall community celebrates and provides?
King Hall is named after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a leading US civil rights leader. The law school was established in his honor after he died. His values permeate King Hall, his inspirational words are written on our walls, and his statute is at the entrance to our law school.
While we teach all aspects of law, one of our most important programs is our public interest program that trains lawyers to provide legal services for those who cannot afford them, reflecting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s values. We also celebrate his birthday every year by engaging faculty, alumni, and students in community volunteerism.
For example, one year on his birthday, we worked at a homeless shelter in a nearby community and during covid lockdown, the students held a blood drive in his name. The students are presently organizing an event for his upcoming birthday.
In 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked UC Davis School of Law #4 among public law schools awarding the most financial aid. Which kind of financial assistance are you providing and what are the requirements for students to apply for financial aid?
The International Program offers both merit and need scholarships for LL.M. students. All LL.M. applicants are automatically considered for scholarships. Our team is delighted to speak with interested applicants and address concerns particular to their personal situations. Please contact us!
Mrs. Greenwood, what are, according to you, the big issues and challenges that Universities, especially Law Schools, face in terms of a non-discrimination policy nowadays?
Schools are challenged to ensure prospective students have full access to the university’s resources and have the best opportunity to achieve their personal and professional goals. The present generation of students is part of a diversified law school environment and their frontier is to carry that diversification into the courts, the judiciary, their legal practices, and all facets of the legal profession.
At UC Davis, we provide a highly supportive environment to ensure student success including our Academic Success program, First Generation Advocates mentoring program, specialized classes, and student led organizations. Our goal is to give students access to resources that will set them up for success in law school and as legal professionals making a difference in the world.