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The Benny Agosto, Jr. Diversity Center

Advancing Diversity with a Lens of Inclusive Excellence

South Texas College of Law Houston created the Agosto Diversity Center to address two of Alumni Benny Agosto, Jr.’s life passions: giving back to the community and encouraging more diversity in the legal profession.

The Agosto Center provides the STCL Houston community with an opportunity to engage in sustained dialogue and education to increase the depth of understanding about DEI in the legal profession.  The Agosto Center provides a strategic vision, resources, programming, and training to promote a comprehensive appreciation of DEI and how it impacts the legal community.

The Agosto Center seeks to be a thought leader, encouraging the STCL Houston community, law schools, and legal profession to embrace the mosaic of differences represented at the law school and in the profession while reflecting on the importance of engaging appropriately with attorneys, clients, judges, and colleagues.

Focus Areas:

  • Education and Professional Development Training
  • Internal Campus Culture and Climate
  • External Community Engagement
  • Diversity Representation
DEI 2023 Year end review

2023 Year End Review

Achievements in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

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The DEI Professional Development Workshop Series seeks to promote engagement between stakeholder groups, build personal awareness, support the invocation of empathy, and provide essential training related to DEI. The workshop sessions will further support STCLH’s mission and intentional commitment to DEI, belonging, access, and social justice while addressing the dialogue examining race, bias, and cultural competency.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the basis of diversity, equity, and inclusion and other topics.
  • Identify the impact DEI, and other topics have on an individual’s relationships, decisions, and outcomes.
  • Develop tools and strategies to become more aware when engaging across differences within the legal community.
  • Increase awareness of realities marginalized groups experience.
  • Cultivate change agents and DEI ambassadors.

Workshop Topics:

  • Unconscious Bias
  • Anti-Racism: A Dialogue
  • Cultural Competency
  • Understanding Privilege
  • Sexual Orientation (LGBTQIA+)
  • Microaggressions
  • Gender Identity and Expression
  • Gender
  • Understanding Ability Challenges (Physical, mental, emotional, and developmental)
  • Religion
  • Generational Differences
  • Allyship and Bystander Intervention
Pipeline Program

Championing Diversity in the Legal Profession

South Texas College of Law Houston (STCL Houston) is at the forefront of fostering diversity in the legal profession through its innovative Pipeline Program. The program is designed to break down barriers and create opportunities for the academically talented undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds.

Contact the Benny Agosto, Jr. Diversity Center

  • South Texas College of Law Houston
    1303 San Jacinto Street, Suite 321
    Houston, TX 77002

Shelby A.D. Moore, JD, LLM
Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Professor of Law

Donna M. Davis, JD
Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity Center VP and Director pictured with Fall 2023 diversity lecture speaker, John Quinones
From left to right: Professor Shelby Moore, Vice President of DEI, John Quinones, host of the ABC series “What Would You Do?, and Donna M. Davis, JD, Senior Director of DEI
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