Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging
Chair of the DEIB Committee
Shavonne Henderson serves as the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging ("DEIB") and as a Lecturer at The University of Texas School of Law. As Associate Dean for DEIB, Henderson partners with other members of the Law School leadership team to devise and implement strategies for promoting diversity and inclusion among students, faculty, and staff. She spearheads improvements of the student experience, providing guidance on best practices to relevant committees and other law school leaders, as well as enrichment opportunities on equity and inclusion. Henderson also serves as chair of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Committee.
A Houston native and double Longhorn, Henderson has devoted much of her career to pursuing the principles of fairness, equity, inclusion, and access for Texans and our law school community. After receiving a B.A. in the Plan II Honors Program and a B.A. in Government from The University of Texas at Austin, she went on to earn her J.D. from the School of Law. While a student at the Law School, Henderson served on the Faculty and Student Advisory Committee charged with addressing matters of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging; was a regional officer for the Black Law Students Association; served as the president of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity; and was a member of the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights.
After law school, she worked as a litigator for regional and national firms, representing clients in pharmaceutical product liability cases across the country. During that time, she served on firm-wide and national committees geared toward improving inclusion, including the steering committee for the leading civil defense bar association. In 2013, Henderson moved into higher education administration at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and subsequently served as the Assistant Director of Policy Research for an interdisciplinary research institute at the University while also teaching here.
Academic Program Coordinator for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging
Sarah Shannon-Wildt serves as the Academic Program Coordinator for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging ("DEIB") at The University of Texas School of Law. Working both as a Faculty Assistant and the DEIB Program Coordinator, she supports Dean Henderson and her team in building a community of belonging for students from all walks of life.
Prior to working at the School of Law, Sarah worked in the Payment Services Department and the Office of the Registrar, supporting The University of Texas at Austin's students, faculty, & staff. Before becoming a Longhorn staff member, she also served as a domestic violence and sexual assault advocate for the SAFE Alliance.
Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, emphasizing in International Service and Religion, from Grand Valley State University in 2012. In 2016, she graduated with her Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Sarah has a deep passion for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and works both in her personal and professional life to create a more just world.
Hong Tran Escobar
Assistant Director of Student Affairs & Community Engagement DEIB Committee
Hong Tran Escobar serves as Assistant Director of Student Affairs & Community Engagement in the School of Law. In addition to providing academic advising to 1/3 of the class, she supports student organizations and affinity groups with a focus on equity and inclusion.
Prior to joining the Student Affairs team, Hong worked as the Law School Admissions Coach at The University of Texas at Austin. She has also worked as a Career Coach in the Career Services Office at Texas Law and served as a department director at the State Bar of Texas, supporting the Texas Access to Justice Commission.
Hong earned her BA in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Oregon, her JD from Seattle University School of Law, and visited the University of Texas School of Law during her 3L year.