University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 235470

Position Summary:
The University of Wisconsin Law School seeks an innovative leader, advocate, and relationship-builder to serve in this newly created role. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are central values of UW Law, as evidenced by the broad array of identities, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives embodied in our faculty, staff, and student body. These values are also at the heart of our newly adopted strategic plan (, with three of our nine priority areas and multiple initiatives focused on DEI. We seek a new assistant or associate dean to take the lead on these strategic initiatives, support other units within the Law School in pursuing their DEI goals, and drive these efforts forward throughout the Law School. The new assistant or associate dean will report directly to the Dean, working collaboratively as part of our leadership team and with the UW Law community to advance DEI in everything we do.

Principal duties:
Strategic Initiatives: Lead DEI efforts outlined in the newly approved Law School Strategic Plan (, implementing initiatives outlined in that plan and developing action items, timetables, and deliverables; work with the Law School leadership team and community to promote DEI, with emphasis on racial and social justice; collaborate with other Law School units in advancing their DEI priorities; serve as the Law School's representative on the campus level Equity and Diversity committee as our EDC Chair; develop partnerships with other DEI leaders at the University and at other law schools; build relationships between the Law School and the diverse communities we aspire to serve.

Student Support: In collaboration with the deans for Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and Academic Enhancement, and the Office of Career and Professional Development, develop and implement multi-faceted support services for students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession to enhance their academic and professional success; plan and implement Legal Education Opportunities (LEO) Orientation with the deans for Admissions and Student Affairs; help develop a program for first-generation professionals; support students in their academic progress, professional development opportunities, community resources, and other areas of need; regularly meet with leaders of student groups, including affinity groups.

Instructional Support: Assist in developing learning opportunities that will prepare our students to be change agents in a highly diverse society grappling with persistent racial, social, and economic inequities; serve as a resource for incorporating DEI and anti-racism into the curriculum and extracurricular programming; ensure that faculty and staff have the tools to address DEI issues effectively while fostering robust dialogue in and out of class; implement regular DEI trainings and educational opportunities for faculty, staff, and students.

Inclusive Community: Play a leading role in making UW Law a more inclusive community where all students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to thrive. Compile and analyze data on equity at the Law School, including on race, gender, LGBTQ+, and socioeconomic status; assist in creating a reporting mechanism for reporting and providing constructive feedback and resources to faculty, staff, and students; track and report our DEI activities; issue an annual report that summarizes our DEI challenges and successes; develop relationships with local groups and organizations that support DEI in the legal profession; work closely with External Affairs to plan and oversee events that advance our DEI goals, including key institutional events such as the LEO Banquet and Coming Together of Peoples Conference; regularly engage with a wide range of internal stakeholders; foster a community that reflects the multicultural, multiracial and multi-perspective world in which we live, facilitating interactions among people with different identities, backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints.

Student, Staff, and Faculty Diversity: Work closely with the Associate Dean for Administration and HR Manager, actively engaging in job searches to ensure diverse candidate pools and equal opportunity hiring and promotion; support the Law School's Office of Admissions and Financial Aid in developing strategies to recruit a student body that is diverse with respect to race, ethnicity, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, geography, viewpoint, ability/disability, and other dimensions of diversity; develop pipeline/pathway opportunities for students from groups underrepresented in the legal profession, following the model developed by our Admissions Office; help strengthen and maintain relationships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), tribal colleges and universities, and diversity offices at other colleges and universities.

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