Ricardo L. Garza
Assistant Director of Student Affairs, Inclusion and Community Engagement
Rick Garza serves as Assistant Director of Student Affairs, Inclusion, and Community Engagement in the School of Law. His primary responsibilities in this role include managing the Society Program, partnering with Texas Law’s student organizations on leadership and strategy, and serving as the law school’s principal student resource for diversity and inclusion programming. Rick also works especially closely with Texas Law’s affinity, minority, and public service-oriented student groups regarding organizational development, fundraising, policy, and community outreach. Rick keeps an open door and encourages all Texas Law students to stop by his office in the new Student Life Suite (TNH 2.125). Rick has a BA in English from UT Arlington, an MA in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Columbia University, and earned his JD from Albany Law School. Prior to attending law school, Rick worked in Academic Advising for two years and completed a Graduate Assistantship in Career Counseling while at Columbia. During law school, Rick completed a Graduate Assistantship with the Office of the Vice President at Albany Law School, and legal internships with the New York State Department of Education and the Office of University Counsel for the State University of New York. Following law school, Rick resumed his career in student affairs as the Honors Advisor at SMU, before landing at Texas Law. Rick lives in south Austin with his wife, Theresa, and their son, Benjamin. Having both been born and raised in San Antonio, Rick and Theresa consider their move to Austin to be a homecoming of sorts. Rick’s passions include quoting Seinfeld in everyday situations, well-intentioned sarcasm, and the San Antonio Spurs.