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Contact Information

Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Multicultural Affairs and Professional Development

Marsha Ross-Jackson, Esq., Lecturer and Assistant Dean
565 W. Adams St., Room 807
Chicago, IL 60661
mrossjac@kentlaw.iit.edu
P: (312) 906-5346
F: (312) 906-5280

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Diversity at IIT Chicago-Kent

The IIT Chicago-Kent community strongly believes that diversity is essential for a healthy and robust legal profession. The law school has been committed to fostering diversity in the legal profession since its inception more than 125 years ago. The first female student was a graduate of the class of 1891, and Ida Platt, the first African-American woman admitted to the bar in Illinois and the second black woman admitted to practice law in the United States, was a graduate of the Class of 1894. In 2013, Chicago-Kent was recognized by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) for the law school's continuing commitment to diversifying the legal profession.

Today, our 888 J.D. students come from 41 states and 23 countries. Forty-seven percent of our students are women, and 26 percent are students of color. The law school attracts students with diverse backgrounds and interests, which is reflected in the approximately 40 student organizations that are active on campus each year. The Admissions Committee encourages applications from members of disadvantaged groups and encourages applications from participants in the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) program.

Chicago-Kent is committed to creating and fostering a diverse environment within the law school in order to provide the legal profession with the next generation of highly skilled lawyers from all types of gender, racial, ethnic, socio-economic, national and sexual orientation backgrounds. In pursuit of this mission, Chicago-Kent supports a wide array of initiatives involving the institution as a whole, the faculty and interested members of the student body. Some of these initiatives include:

  • support and sponsorship of legal scholarship and presentations on topics related to diversity and the law;
  • hiring of faculty with a diversity of backgrounds and views;
  • offering a variety of outstanding clinical programs that provide legal services to clients from diverse communities; and
  • funding for student organizations that support the law school's commitment to diversity and to serving students from diverse backgrounds.

Diversity and Equal Opportunity Statement

As a member of the Association of American Law Schools and in conformity with its bylaws, the faculty of Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, has adopted the following policy: Chicago-Kent College of Law provides equality of opportunity in legal education for all persons, including applicants for admission, enrolled students, and graduates, without discrimination or segregation on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, handicap or disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Please also see IIT's university-wide diversity statement.

Diversity Event Calendar

  • Nov14

    "Celebrating 20 Years of Democracy in South Africa"

    Join us for the launch of Professor Bernadette Atuahene's new book We Want What's Ours: Learning from South Africa's Land Restitution Program and a screening of her documentary Sifuna Okwethu (We Want What’s Ours). The event will also feature a discussion with Professor Atuahene about her work on land reform; a panel discussion about land reform, featuring South African Consul General Vuyiswa Tulelo, Chicago activist Prexy Nesbitt and Professor Doug Foster of Northwestern University; and a presentation by Andre Guichard, creator of the cover art for Professor Atuahene's new book. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center's Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington St., in Chicago. Dinner catered by Yassa African Restaurant will be provided for those who RSVP online.
  • Nov24
  • Dec01

    BLSA Fundraiser

    BLSA will be holding its second fundraiser of the semester: a chicken and biscuit sale.
  • Dec04

    December Open House: Diversity at Chicago-Kent

    Chicago-Kent College of Law has been committed to diversity and access since its founding more than a century ago. At the December Open House, you’ll meet student representatives from many of our diverse student organizations, and you’ll learn how Chicago-Kent’s diverse community can benefit your law school experience. Panelists will include representatives from the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, the Chicago-Kent Lambdas (LGBT), Hispanic-Latino Law Students Association, Muslim Law Students Association, South Asian Law Student Association, and Women in Law. All prospective students are invited to attend. Learn more about the event and RSVP online.