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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

What we believe

When we consider the meaning of diversity, one of the first descriptors that comes to mind is “difference.” Diversity means difference. Each of us is unlike anyone else. Diversity is also multi-faceted. It requires us to see the world more broadly, not merely from our lens, not only in black and white. Diversity, however, also includes commonalities, something on which we rarely focus. The South Texas community is diverse in opinion, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender, age, religion, physical ability, income, political affiliation, and all other characteristics that make us who we are.

Beyond rejecting the idea that the differences in others are inconsequential, inherently wrong, or generally lesser, we should seek to appreciate and welcome the divergent characteristics we see in others. We also can connect with one another on our similarities, of which there there are likely many.

To succeed, and advance we must be a community that strives – every day and in every way – to respect the diversity in others and embrace our shared characteristics. Even in disagreement we must strive for understanding. This kind of community encourages the very best in its individual members and, consequently, elevates the community as a whole.


Michael F. Barry, President and Dean
Shelby A. Dickerson-Moore, Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Professor or Law

Spotlight on Diversity

Professor Shelby Moore leads new Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This is the vision cast in the preamble of the South Texas Community of Respect Pledge shared with faculty, staff, and students. The program is a critical component of the law school’s strategic vision to support a student body that reflects the demographics of the Houston community
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AMICUS Student Group at STCL Houston Launches LGBT+ Mentorship Program

Enterprising students at South Texas College of Law Houston (STCL Houston) have launched a new mentorship program for LGBT+students to ease their transition to law school and fully support them throughout their law school experience. >> Read more

Alumna Genora K. Boykins ’85 Elected Chair-Elect of South Texas College of Law Houston Board of Directors

South Texas College of Law Houston (STCL Houston) is pleased to announce the election of alumna Genora K. Boykins ’85 as chair-elect of the board of directors for the nearly 100-year-old law school.
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STCL Houston’s APALSA Chapter Hosts Lunar New Year Celebration, Showcases Culture and Diversity of Houston’s Oldest Law School

Organized by the school’s Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), larger-than-life decorations, and festive dance performances to kick off the Lunar New Year. >> Read more

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