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Office of Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs provides a broad canopy of advising, support, engagement, and resources for law students and the law school community.

From Orientation to Commencement, the Office of Student Affairs is here to help you make the most of your time at law school.

Whether you’re seeking information about bar requirements, how to plan a student activity, academic advising for individual students, requesting disability accommodations, seeking diversity programming, or available counseling resources, the Office of Student Affairs' goal is to provide an inclusive, supportive environment while promoting each student’s academic achievement, professional development, and resiliency.


Campus: 716-645-2222

Off-Campus:  Dial 911

Crisis Services: 716-834-3131

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Bernadette Gargano
Vice Dean for Student Affairs
313 O'Brian Hall, North Campus

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About Student Affairs Academic Success A Vibrant Student Life DEI

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, Luis Chiesa, the law school's Vice Dean for Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, works strategically to develop relationships with students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to continue to cultivate and maintain a diverse and inclusive law school environment.

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 law school departments and community partners to provide a comprehensive approach to executing DEI 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.

Luis Chiesa

Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

715 O'Brian Hall, North Campus

Phone: 716-645-3152


How we achieve diversity:

  • Recruit talented and diverse students, staff, and faculty.
  • Provide support to retain diverse students, staff, and faculty.
  • Develop a culture of respect and awareness for diverse identities and culture.
  • Provide governance mechanisms through which diversity, equity, and inclusion concerns can be addressed.
  • Engage the community by providing opportunities for members of the Buffalo-Niagara community to engage with students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds at the School of Law.

To learn more, please visit our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website.