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Hofstra Law

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Hofstra Law

Our Mission

We recognize the role that academic institutions can play in creating and exacerbating disparities in education. We also appreciate that excellence can only be achieved in an environment marked by genuine respect, compassion, dignity, and opportunity for every individual. We aim to be a place that reflects the diverse communities that we are a part of and serve — one which enables diverse voices to be authentically heard and valued.

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We Are Here For You

Tara-Marie Desruisseaux

Tara-Marie Desruisseaux

Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

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Akilah N. Folami

Akilah N. Folami

Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, and Faculty Director for Diversity and Inclusion

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The Council, composed of both faculty and administrators, will continue to work on improving and managing the Law School’s various programs and initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Tara-Marie Desruisseaux, Co-ChairAssistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Maryam Franzella, Co-ChairAssociate Professor of Legal Writing
Adonza S. AndersonAssistant Dean for Enrollment Management
Latoya FeltonDirector of Career Services and Diversity Initiatives
Akilah N. FolamiProfessor of Law, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, and Faculty Director for Diversity and Inclusion
C. Benjie LouisVisiting Assistant Professor of Law
Lisa MonticcioloDean of Students and Diversity and Inclusion Officer
G. Alex SinhaAssociate Professor of Law
Jeremy WeintraubAssistant Professor of Legal Writing
Charmise P. Woodside-DesiréDirector of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving

Student Organizations

Affinity Groups

  • Asian Pacific American Law Student Association
  • Black Law Student Association
  • Latino/a American Law Student Association
  • Muslim Law Student Association
  • OUTLaw
  • Social Justice Alliance
  • South Asian Law Student Association
  • Women of Color Collective

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Events and Programs

The Law School regularly organizes and promotes relevant and compelling programming around pressing diversity issues. These events are designed to engage with diversity education and to reflect the perspectives of diverse communities.

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Students of Color

Fall 2023 Entering Class Profile


Of Total Student Body Are Women


Universities and Colleges Represented

Fall 2023 Entering Class Profile

Diversity Scholarships and Fellowships

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Dwight L. Greene Memorial Scholarship

The Dwight L. Greene Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to one student who has demonstrated a commitment to advocacy on behalf of minority groups. The scholarship also includes an annual stipend of up to $5,000 to offset living expenses while working for a not-for-profit or governmental agency dedicated to the advocacy for under-represented minority groups.

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Rights Fellowship

At Hofstra Law, LGBT Rights Fellows learn the legal skills necessary to succeed in their fight for LGBT rights in such areas as hate crime protections, employment discrimination and international human rights. Through policy work, scholarship and direct representation, LGBT Rights Fellows have the opportunity to make an impact and promote change in the world.


Career Development

The Office of Career Services works together with students to identify the diversity and inclusion opportunities that are tailored to your specific interests.

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