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.