Centers and Programs
UC Law SF houses several centers and programs and the following include in their missions a particular focus on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Learn more about our faculty and their research centers and programs here.
The Center for Business Law at UC Law SF was founded with the mission of bringing together leading scholars, business leaders, practitioners, regulators and students to engage in the study, teaching and practice of business law at UC Law SF. The Center aims to be the leading business law venue in San Francisco, one of the world’s great centers of commerce, finance and technology. The Center for Business Law Scholars Program (CBL Scholars Program) is one effort to meaningfully address the lack of equity and equality in America, and to narrow the diversity and opportunity gap in the profession of business law.
The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS) founded in 1999, is the nation’s leading advocacy organization on the issue of women asylum-seekers fleeing gender-related violence. CGRS protects the fundamental human rights of refugee women, children, LGBT individuals, and others who flee persecution in their home countries. They provide legal expertise, training, research and publications, engage in appellate litigation and policy development, and use international human rights instruments to address the root causes of persecution and to advance human rights.
The Center for Racial and Economic Justice (CREJ) works to advance equity through legal education, scholarship and collaboration. CREJ enriches UC Law SF by providing our intellectual community with access to nationally renowned thinkers on issues of racial and economic inequality and the space to critically examine how the law reinforces subordination. CREJ hosts visiting faculty to help match rising scholars in the area of equity and the law with veterans in the field. CREJ also advises the College on the curriculum in the degree programs, including tools to incorporate themes of equity into existing courses and helping to launching new courses.
The Center for WorkLife Law (WLL) seeks to jump-start the stalled gender revolution by focusing, at any given time, on a few projects that hold the promise of producing concrete social or institutional change within a three-to-five year time frame. They concentrate their efforts on advancing women’s leadership, developing legal protections for employees with family responsibilities, and promoting better work-life policies within institutions.
The East Asian Legal Studies Program (EALS) is preparing the next generation of global legal professionals to meet demands created by the economic and growth and legal transformation in East Asia. Building on our law school’s existing strengths in international and comparative law, EALS offers a broad range of courses, exchange programs, internships and public events on key East Asian legal systems.
UC Law SF established its Indigenous Law Center in September 2020. The Center will develop its program in collaboration with the UC Law SF Restorative Justice Advisory Board, which is charged with advising the dean on how best to implement all of its initiatives. The purpose of the Indigenous Law Center is to educate students and expand knowledge about how U.S. law affects Native and Indigenous peoples. Its central responsibilities are to enhance the school’s Indigenous Law curriculum and to promote related research opportunities.
Curriculum Efforts and Course Highlights
The faculty at UC Law SF continue to engage in efforts to reimagine and revise curriculum in ways that incorporates important themes around diversity, equity, and inclusion. Each semester more courses are added that focus specifically on DEI issues.Learn More
Book and Scholarship Discussions
Faculty have organized book discussion related to topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion, including Ibram Kendi’s book How to Be an Antiracist. Another partnership with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group, the law library, and the Chancellor and Dean’s Office is a regular program of facilitated book and scholarship discussions related to various topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion. All faculty are invited to join these events and engage with facilitated discussions with their colleagues, as well as staff and students. Faculty can also find resources and further suggested readings on the Sharknet page here.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training
The Department of Human Resources works to improve college-wide employee engagement in learning and understanding issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. They will be developing an ongoing employee training program for staff and faculty. In addition to employee-wide training, faculty continue to host a number of colloquia and trainings focused on attentiveness to racial justice issues and tools for handling traumatic conversations.
The UC Law SF Library is committed to supporting diversity, inclusion, and well-being within the communities that it represents and serves, including: maintaining inclusive, safe, and welcoming spaces; recognizing and supporting the various identities of UC Law SF community members through attentive collection development, outreach, and programming; recruiting and retaining a diverse library staff; maintaining strong relationships within the UC Law SF community, supporting their goals and valuing their opinions; and soliciting feedback regarding library services to ensure an accessible and accommodating space for all.
February 09, 2021
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