April 3, 2007 10:32 Age: 7 yrs

Emory Law Establishes Office of Diversity and Community Initiatives

Lynell Cadray, Chief Diversity Officer

Emory University School of Law has established the Office of Diversity and Community Initiatives to strengthen the development of programming and the engagement in issues related to diversity and community building.

Lynell Cadray has been appointed Chief Diversity Officer for Emory Law. She will lead the school in its diversity and community initiatives and will serve as the liaison with Emory University’s Office of Diversity and Community, which works to implement the diversity initiatives set forth in Emory’s Strategic Plan.

“The Office of Diversity and Community Initiatives gives Emory Law the opportunity to further strengthen our community by providing a focus for planning a culturally diverse array of activities,” said Dean David Partlett. “As part of its strategic plan, the Emory community is exploring the critical issues of diversity, race, and difference. Through the establishment of this office, we hope to bring this community-wide initiative into our work here at Emory Law.”

Cadray currently serves as Assistant Dean for Admission and Financial Aid and will assume leadership for the Office of Diversity and Community Initiatives in addition to her current responsibilities.

“I am excited about the opportunity to lead Emory Law’s diversity efforts,” said Cadray. “This new diversity initiative by Dean Partlett positions Emory Law among the nation’s top law schools in dealing with issues of diversity and community and in preparing our students for success in a diverse legal profession.”

The Office of Diversity and Community Initiatives will work collaboratively with other departments as well as with all members of the Emory Law community – students, faculty, staff and alumni – concerning issues that are important to underrepresented groups in the law school community and within the legal profession. The office will accomplish this goal through various key projects.

As part of these efforts, the Office of Diversity and Community Initiatives will work closely with the dean’s office to establish the Dean’s Diversity Committee. Committee members will focus on research, collaboration and initiatives to engage the Emory Law community in open dialogue about issues related to diversity in the legal profession.

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