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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Penn State Law

"As the Dean of Penn State Law, I am deeply committed to the law school being a welcoming and inclusive environment for every member of our community, and to making progress on combatting bias and inequality within the law school, at Penn State, and in our broader society. This commitment cannot simply be a statement of support, but must involve action grounded in active listening and accountability. Our Concrete Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Steps, and the progress we have made on them, reflect this commitment, which must be ongoing. We need to continue to listen and amplify diverse voices and to be proactive in our efforts to advance justice. I look forward to working with our community on needed change and to make an impact as lawyers and law students on major societal challenges."

Hari M. Osofsky
Dean of Penn State Law and School of International Affairs
Distinguished Professor of Law
Professor of International Affairs
Professor of Geography

"I am honored to serve as Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Penn State Law. I come to this position as an immigration attorney, first-generation American, and first-generation lawyer, and deeply committed to equity in the law. The tragic deaths of Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor — and countless other Black men and women have ignited a national conversation about systemic racism that has pervaded institutions for centuries, including the legal academy and the legal profession. Further, inequities faced by racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ persons, veterans, and first-generation students endure. Finally, international students, those with DACA and without immigration status face new challenges in the wake of changing federal policies. How do we move forward? Penn State Law should be a place where inclusion, equity, and diversity are valued in our teaching, scholarship, learning, and community beyond a piece of paper. I pledge to work towards this goal with diligence, integrity, and passion." 

Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar and Clinical Professor of Law
Founder and Director, Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic
(814) 865-3823


Statement of Penn State Law and School of International Affairs Community Against Racism

Concrete DEI Action Steps

George Floyd Memorial Scholarship Fund at Penn State Law

Penn State Law in University Park has created the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship Fund to provide financial support to a rising second-year or third-year student who is a member of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA).

Penn State Law Community Messages

6/26/20 George Floyd Memorial Scholarship and Updates on Concrete Action
6/19/20 Juneteenth Celebration and Reflection
6/9/20 Penn State Law and SIA Open Letter Against Racism for Signature
6/9/20 Announcing Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia as Incoming Penn State Law Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
6/5/20 Concrete Action Steps to Make Progress
6/5/20 Concrete DEI Action Steps
6/2/20 Statement of Support for Our BLSA Students and Black Community Members
5/30/20 Supporting Each Other and Collaborating to Address Hatred and Bias


University Resources Mental Health and Counseling
Reporting Bias Recommended Reading
Disability Accommodations Multimedia Resources
DACA Resources Montague Law Library resources on
Understanding and Dismantling Racism


Task force shares progress, recommendations following review of code of conduct, Penn State News, September 17, 2020.

Recognition of Welcoming Week, Borough of State College, September 17, 2020.

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month at Penn State, Penn State News, September 11, 2020.

Penn State Law Minority Mentorship Program Enters Sixth Year with Virtual Kickoff Reception, Penn State Law, September 1, 2020.

Big 10 Law School Speaker Series: Perspectives on Race, Law, and Equality, September 1 - November 17, 2020.

2020 Law Student Diversity Scholarship, DRI, August 2020.

DACA Through the Critical Systems Thinking (CST) Lens: Unpacking Racialization in Administrative Law, by Raquel Muñiz, Yale Journal on Regulation, August 18, 2020.

New Student Orientation Presentation with Dr. Heather Bennett, Pennsylvania School Boards Association, August 18, 2020.

Remove the Sword of Damocles from DACA, Jurist, August 12, 2020.

International Students and Remote Learning in Fall 2020: What You Need To Know, Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic, updated August 11, 2020.

Protecting Human Rights, State College Magazine, August 1, 2020.

International Students Seeking Entry to the United States, Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic, July 31, 2020.

Trustee committee explores impact of COVID on underrepresented students, Penn State News, July 17, 2020.

Where do new international students stand?, Inside Higher Ed, July 17, 2020.

Top 5 Immigration Policies of 2020: Midyear Report, Law360, July 14, 2020.

Penn State Virtual Town Hall Recording: International Student, Immigration, and Remote Learning, July 14, 2020.

Penn State 'very pleased' after White House, ICE rescind rule that threatened international students, Centre Daily Times, July 14, 2020.

International Students and Remote Learning in Fall 2020: What You Need to Know, Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic, updated July 14, 2020.

Penn State joins amicus brief in support of international students, Penn State News, July 13, 2020.

Incorporating Anti-Racism Frameworks into Core Law School Classes, Friday, July 30, 3:00 p.m. (EST)

Penn State Virtual Town Hall: International Student Immigration and Remote Learning, Tuesday, July 14, 8:00 p.m. (EST)

ICE says students taking 'hybrid' classes may be able to stay in the US, but it won't tell colleges what that means, Insider, July 9, 2020.

An 'Untenable Situation', Inside Higher Ed, July 9, 2020.

Penn State in support of rescission and Harvard/MIT's lawsuit against Dept. of Homeland Security and ICE, Penn State News, July 8, 2020.

UC will sue Trump administration over new international student visa rules, CalMatters, July 8, 2020.

Arizona International Students Expected to be Largely Unaffected by New ICE Rules, Fronteras, July 7, 2020.

Penn State Law Announces Wadhia as Incoming Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Penn State Law News, July 1, 2020.

Penn State Law in University Park Creates George Floyd Memorial Scholarship Fund, Penn State Law News, July 1, 2020.

What the borough council's racial justice resolution means for the State College community, policing, Daily Collegian, June 26, 2020.

Barron to host June 29 Town Hall on race and bias, Penn State News, June 25, 2020.

Iris Richardson embraces role as Penn State University Police's first director of diversity, equity and inclusion, Daily Collegian, June 24, 2020.

Resolution 1258 — Demanding Racial Justice, Equity and Inclusion, Engage State College, June 23, 2020.

What the Supreme Court's Decision Means for DACA Recipients, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia for The Takeaway, June 22, 2020.

Black Law Students Association Hosts Events to Combat Racism, Penn State Law, June 19, 2020.

How rule of law saved DACA, for now, The Christian Science Monitor, June 19, 2020.

DACA: Some Thoughts, Some Links, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia for Medium, June 18, 2020.

What Happens Now That The U.S. Supreme Court Has Upheld DACA?, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia for Wisconsin Public Radio, June 18, 2020. 

‘Change the Code’ campaign hopes to fight racism at Penn State, Daily Collegian, June 17, 2020.

Law Deans Antiracist Clearinghouse Project, The Association of American Law Schools, June 2020.

Liberal Arts dean examines the history of civil rights and civil unrest, Penn State News, June 9, 2020.

Discussing Race in America with former Penn State Law student, Dr. Dwayne Wright, J.D., Ph. D., June 9, 2020.

Members named to President's Commissions for Equity, Penn State News, April 24, 2019.

DACAmented Law Students and Lawyers in the Trump Era, Penn State Law News, June 7, 2018.

BUILDING BONDS: Penn State Law Supports Minority Students Via Mentorship, Insight Diversity, June 29, 2016.

Penn State Law Launching Mentoring Program for Minority Students, March 20, 2015.