Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion at Texas Law
At Texas Law, we are committed to fostering an academic and professional community that values diversity, multiculturalism, inclusion, and equity. On this page, we aim to provide our students, faculty, and staff with extensive resources related to diversity, equity, access and inclusion.
At the University of Texas School of Law, we take pride in providing a supportive and welcoming environment for students from every background. We are the flagship public law school for one of the most diverse states in the nation, yet with that comes an acute awareness of our role in history. In the middle of the 20th century, we had to be sued to desegregate. The plaintiff in the lawsuit, Heman Sweatt, is now a hero in our school’s history, and he along with others paved the way for law students from all backgrounds to pursue a legal education. For this and many other reasons, the fight against injustice is a deeply felt part of our mission. Over our doors are etched the words: “that they may truly and impartially administer justice.” Our school views every instance of racial violence and discrimination as a grave affront to that mission, and we are committed to producing lawyers who lead the fight for justice under law in this and all other respects.
Our commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment is led by Professor Shavonne Henderson, Director of Student Inclusion and Equity. But carrying out this charge is not the job of any one member of our staff. It is the shared work of everyone in our community – every faculty member, every staff member, and every student. We are all thinking – we must all be thinking always – about how we can make ourselves part of the solution to the racial challenges that confront our nation, our state, and our school. We must ask ourselves at all times what we can do to ensure that everyone who works or studies here feels recognized, supported, and valued by all others. The work of ensuring justice starts at home, and it begins again every day.
The Counseling and Mental Health Center's Voices Against Violence Program provides resources, events, and other information for survivors of interpersonal violence and their allies. You can learn more and view their calendar here.
Supreme Court Clinic Teams Up with Alumni
The Supreme Court Clinic partnered with public interest alumni Keegan Warren-Clem ’19 and Kassandra Gonzalez ’19 as co-counsel representing the TLSC MLPs as amici curiae.
One of Texas Law’s pioneers, Albertine Bowie, of the Class of 1956, passed away in March 2020 in Oxford, England, her home of many years. Born in Houston, and educated in North Carolina and Vermont before entering Texas Law in 1953, Bowie was part of the first generation of African American graduates of the law school.
The State of Texas and the School of Law are mourning the loss of Teresa Lozano Long, who, along with husband Joe R. Long ’58, endowed dozens of programs, institutions, and schools throughout a lifetime of philanthropy and good works.
For this edition of Texas Law’s Student Spotlight series, meet 2L Sheela Ranganathan, Human Rights Scholar at the Rapoport Center, Vice President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and Co-Founder of Law Students for Black Lives. Read more
For this edition of Texas Law’s Student Spotlight series, meet 2L Anthony Collier, Chair of the National Black Law Students Association, the largest student-run nonprofit in the nation. Read more
For this edition of Texas Law’s Student Spotlight series, meet 1L Barbara Di Castro Pimenta, member of the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law and the Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association. Read more