Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Senior Lecturer and Assistant Dean Marsha Ross-Jackson, Esq., heads the IIT Chicago-Kent Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Multicultural Affairs and Professional Development. <a href="x3158.xml"><i>Read more about Marsha...</i></a>
Senior Lecturer and Assistant Dean Marsha Ross-Jackson, Esq., heads the IIT Chicago-Kent Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Multicultural Affairs and Professional Development. Read more about Marsha...

The IIT Chicago-Kent Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion identifies, creates, coordinates, and implements strategies, initiatives, programs, and other services to celebrate and embrace diversity. The office drives an inclusive culture where students, staff, and faculty can contribute their voices and diverse experiences to further Chicago-Kent's learning and business objectives by:

  • providing guidance for building the cultural competency and professionalism skills necessary to develop effective communication, enhance the learning experience, and prepare for success in an increasingly diverse society;
  • developing and delivering diversity pipeline programs, student academic and professional development programs/opportunities, and diversity training, awareness, and celebrations; and
  • collaborating with other law schools, businesses, and community organizations on programs and events designed to enhance diversity in law schools and the legal profession.

Assistant Dean Ross-Jackson serves as a liaison to the IIT Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion and represents Chicago-Kent on the IIT Diversity Council. She also speaks on behalf of Chicago-Kent at diversity law fairs and at conferences across the country.

Her office works with student organizations and other departments throughout the law school to facilitate a variety of signature events, including: 

  • New Student Diversity Social: an Orientation Week reception for incoming ILs, returning students, faculty, and staff to celebrate diversity at Chicago-Kent
  • Equity Talks Series: a series that brings together law students, lawyers, and the community to discuss ways of dismantling systemic racism created by the law
  • MLK Forum: an annual forum typically held the Thursday after Martin Luther King Jr. Day for community members to discuss racial and social justice issues and action steps to promote greater equality
  • Community Dialogues: guided conversations about how our diverse identities shape our life experiences and our relationship to events happening globally, nationally, and locally   
  • Diversity Week: a full week of events, primarily organized by student organizations, to educate the Chicago-Kent community about the importance of bringing a diversity-informed perspective into the law school and the legal profession
  • Multicultural Graduation Celebration: a special celebration to mark the achievements of diverse students at Chicago-Kent

Additional services are provided for all Chicago-Kent students through the Office of Student Services.

Academic and Administrative Partners

Faculty Diversity Committee

The Faculty Diversity Committee encourages and champions a diverse and inclusive learning environment through continuous dialogue on diversity and inclusion. Such dialogue is created through the establishment of educational forums, speaker series, film reviews, etc. The committee strives to ensure that diversity and diverse perspectives are incorporated into the learning process by supporting recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, providing guidance on diversity-related issues that arise in the classroom, and partnering with diverse student organizations, other law school diversity representatives, and external resources.

Office of Admissions

The Chicago-Kent Office of Admissions supports diversity through its recruitment and admissions programming, scholarship awards, and partnerships with other departments and organizations to attract, retain and support a diverse student body. The Admissions Office also participates in a variety of partnerships and outreach efforts designed to raise awareness of legal careers among students from underrepresented groups, as well as to recruit students from diverse backgrounds.

Career Services Office

The Career Services Office (CSO) takes a strategic approach toward helping students succeed in law school and the legal profession. CSO promotes diversity-related job fairs, scholarship opportunities, summer associate positions, networking receptions, workshops, seminars and other programs throughout the year. These services support career-building initiatives through partnerships with local law firms and other organizations, including opportunities for first-year law students to work with judges, corporations and law firms.