Many students of diverse background find that having a support network of friends, colleagues, and peers with whom they may relate helps students to fulfill there academic, social, and career needs, helping them to perform at their best. The Diversity Services Offices makes sure that students of diverse background know that these networks do exists, that they are full of welcoming and friendly faces, and most importantly, are readily available to them.
The Diversity Service Office has embraced the concept of “inclusion.” We believe that diversity includes. This means that we do not believe in categorically lumping students of one particular background into a herd and casting them off to fend for themselves, but instead invite students of all backgrounds to participate, be active, and support other organizations who may not share the same common threads as their own membership.
The DSO has come up with a number of organizations committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and the overall academic success of its diverse student population.
A. Multicultural Executive Council
Members of this board are members of one or more diverse student organization and reflect the diversity present in our school. The Council streamlines efforts among the multicultural student organizations and serves as a liaison to the Diversity Services Office.
B. Alliance Associations
These groups have been identified as three diverse populations that are under-represented in law schools across America. The goal of this group is to foster alliances between the Diversity Services Office and these individuals to ensure their academic success during law school. Student representatives of each population below have volunteered to serve as liaisons to the DSO office in order to make sure the needs of those populations are being satisfied here in our community.
MSU Law Student Populations
- Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender
The DSO has created the Women’s Alliance, African Heritage Alliance, and GBLT Alliances, respectively, to meet the needs students of these backgrounds. Students wishing to participate in any of these alliances should contact the DSO for more information
C. One-on-One Academic and Non-Academic Advising
The Diversity Services Office has an "open-door" policy designed to assist MSU Law students with their day-to-day academic and non-academic needs.
D. Student Organizations
At MSU Law, we are proud that many of our student organizations have a commitment to increased diversity awareness within the Law College. In particular, there are over 17 student organizations with a central mission to promote ethnic/cultural, gender, sexual orientation, age, and/or religious diversity.
The diversity-centered student organizations:
- Sexual Orientation
- Older Wiser Law Students (O.W.L.S.)
- Family Law Society
- Christian Legal Society
- J. Reuben Clark Law Society
- Jewish Legal Society
- St. Thomas More Society