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Diversity Week

Students and alumni attended the Diversity Mixer

California Western School of Law’s richly diverse environment was on full display during the school’s first annual Diversity Week the week of March 17.

The week-long celebration featured a special Diversity Week Book Display in the library starting Monday with a selection of enlightening reading on issues from gender identity, race and ethnicity, disability and religion.

On Tuesday evening there was a Diversity Reception, hosted by the law school’s Diversity Services Office, featuring alumnus Andrew Jones ’98, who gave an inspiring keynote address.

The Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) presented a “Taste of Asia” cuisine table. The Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA) held a Norooz Bake Sale to celebrate the Persian New Year, with delectable Middle Eastern dishes and the opportunity to learn more about the culture. La Raza Law Students Association (LRSA) hosted a Diversity Debate on Friday evening. And on Saturday, The Hawaii Law Students Association (HLSA) held a Luau at the Embarcadero Marina Park South, featuring Hawaiian cuisine and dancers.

“Taste of Asia” brought an array of popular Asian foods from local restaurants in the San Diego community directly to the CWSL lobby. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness to students, faculty, staff, and the greater legal community about the diverse cultures and traditions within Asia.

“As the Asian-American community in San Diego grows, we think it is important for future and practicing attorneys to celebrate what makes each Asian culture special and unique,” says APALSA president 2L Christina Tantoy. “APALSA hopes that by highlighting these features with table stations representing different countries, our guests will be able to learn more about Asian culture while getting together and enjoying some great food.”

On Thursday, MELSA celebrated Norooz, the Persian New Year, with delectable Middle Eastern dishes, and the opportunity to learn more about the culture.
At the La Raza Law Students Association’s Diversity Debate on Friday evening, the question being debated was, “Whether federal financial aid should be available to undocumented immigrants to pay for higher education.” This was the second consecutive Diversity Debate, and La Raza hopes to make it an annual tradition.

“The Diversity Week speaker, Andrew Jones ’96, gave a moving account of overcoming racism and dispossession in Mississippi to become a respected attorney in San Diego,” said Marion Cloete, California Westerns Director of Diversity Services. “The library’s participation with a diversity book display and the Diversity Week Debate rounded out the week’s learning opportunities. Taste of Asia, the Norooz Bake Sale, and the traditional Luau contributed memorable culinary and cultural experiences. I, for one, look forward to the second annual Diversity Week in 2015!”

California Western fully embraces the belief that a diverse student body enriches the academic and interpersonal experiences of the law school. Thirty-six percent of our students are from diverse backgrounds, and the law school has been named a “Diversity Star” by preLaw Magazine.



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