The School of Law’s Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion works with students, faculty, administrators, and staff to promote diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency throughout all levels of the School of Law.
Through programming and support, we work strategically to develop relationships with students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to continue to cultivate and maintain a diverse and inclusive law school environment.
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Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
To support our diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, please consider making a gift to our Social Justice and Racial Equity Fund.
The University at Buffalo School of Law is committed to providing an environment where students, staff, and faculty from underrepresented minority groups excel personally, academically, and professionally. The Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion seeks to continue to collaborate with the various School of Law Departments and community partners to provide a comprehensive approach to executing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. Through program development, strategic planning, and community outreach, the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strives to continue to create an academic community comprised of a diverse group of professionals whose differences are valued as a source of strength in our law school community.
The School of Law adheres to the University’s nondiscrimination policy, set forth below. Note that consistent with EEOC guidance, “national origin” as used below includes both ethnicity and physical, linguistic, and cultural traits.
The University at Buffalo is committed to ensuring equal employment, educational opportunity, and equal access to services, programs, and activities without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, gender, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, familial status, veteran status, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely based upon a protected characteristic.
The University’s policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and other laws, regulations and policies prohibiting discrimination may be directed to Sharon Nolan-Weiss, Director of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Title IX/ ADA Coordinator, 406 Capen Hall, Buffalo, New York 14260; Tel. (716) 645-2266; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries may also be directed to the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005-2500; Tel. (646) 428-3900; Email OCR.NewYork@ed.gov.
As national instances of police brutality and racially motivated violence have continued to highlight the systemic racism that persists in the United States, many are looking for constructive ways to advocate for civil rights and social justice. While the listings* here are not meant to be exhaustive, it is a guide to help those who are interested in learning more about systemic racism and ways they can be more involved in the fight for social justice.
Complied by the University at Buffalo Law Library, some of the links in the Racial Justice Toolkit point to resources at UB, but many can be located via other educational institutions and public libraries. Ask a librarian for assistance if you have any questions about locating resources.
*Inclusion in this guide does not signify endorsement by the University at Buffalo or its School of Law
Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) ensures UB's compliance with policies covering discrimination, harassment, accommodations, equal opportunity and child protection.
Office of Inclusive Excellence
The Office of the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence (VPIX) is responsible for coordinating and monitoring UB’s efforts to institutionalize the culture of equity and inclusion university-wide.
Safe-Zone Training and Diversity Workshops
Enhance your understanding of diversity-related issues through these topical workshops. Offered by the Intercultural and Diversity Center, these workshops are available for student groups and organizations.
Accessibility Resources is UB’s Center for coordinating services and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities to ensure their equitable access to all programs, services, and benefits of the University through individualized review, planning and collaborative implementation across campus.