Rising Collectively – February 2023


Feb 2, 2023

Pricey Members of the Santa Clara Legislation Neighborhood,

As we commemorate Black Historical past Month this February, allow us to transfer approach past performative gestures and take concrete steps to actualize our mission to advertise racial equality and make the Legislation Faculty a extra inclusive and equitable place for all. 

We’re so proud that Santa Clara Legislation has change into some of the numerous legislation colleges within the nation, as 57% of our incoming college students determine as individuals of shade and 22% are first-generation college students. Our range is, and at all times shall be, one in all our biggest distinctive strengths. However we all know that we should proceed to work exhausting to make sure that our group will not be merely numerous, however can also be absolutely inclusive and equitable. We acknowledge that the combat for racial justice is an ongoing one, and can’t be restricted to today in February. There’s at all times extra work to be accomplished! 

In line with our group’s enduring dedication to equality, I wish to name your consideration to our annual Range and Inclusion Celebration going down on February 16. Along with lifting up our work to make Santa Clara College extra simply, numerous, equitable, and inclusive, we shall be recognizing this yr’s recipients of the Social Justice and Human Rights Award and the Group of the Yr Award. We will even announce the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Scholarship recipients. 

On January 29, the Katherine & George Alexander Neighborhood Legislation Middle (KGACLC) hosted the Justice 4 Employees Useful resource Honest and Authorized Clinic, together with co-hosts, the Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition and Step-Ahead Basis. Neighborhood-based organizations offered housing, immigration, and employee rights info and sources for the over 60 contributors. Moreover, 1:1 appointments with volunteer attorneys have been accessible to assist people higher deal with their authorized matter(s). KGACLC is happy to collaborate with the group on these employee empowerment occasions. 

As a group dedicated to racial justice, we must be justifiably pleased with the nice strides we’ve got made collectively. We must be as proud, nonetheless, that we additionally acknowledge how a lot work is but to be accomplished, and that we’re already and at all times ready to come back collectively as one group to take motion towards turning into extra simply, equitable, numerous, and inclusive. 

 With heat regards and great gratitude,

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