The Diversity Leaders Program develops and launches initiatives designed to support a diverse and supportive community at Albany Law School and in the broader legal profession. Collectively, the student leaders comprise a Diversity Leadership Council and work closely with the Director of Multicultural Initiatives and Chair of the Diversity Committee. In addition, they provide insight and assistance to Admissions and Student Affairs, as well as other offices as needed.
For more information about this program, contact Pershia M. Wilkins, Director of Multicultural Initiatives, at
The Diversity Fellows assist our
Diversity Faculty Committee and Office of Student Affairs with programming and recruitment efforts. In addition, they will work with faculty and staff on the following initiatives:
Diversity Speaker Series Programs: The Diversity Speaker Series features informal presentations by Albany Law faculty, alumni and members of legal community on topics relating to diversity in the legal profession.
Diversity Trainings: The Diversity Training Program assists with the development and implementation of cultural competency trainings for Albany Law School students, staff, and faculty.
Diversity Mentoring Programs: The Diversity Attorney Mentors Program matches law students with local attorneys who will provide career advice and guidance by practice areas.
Diversity Pipeline Projects: The Diversity Service Project partners with the Pro Bono Program to provide educational programs and mentoring for high school and undergraduate students.
Annual Diversity Day & Events: Each year the Diversity Leaders Program coordinates a Diversity Day and other events to celebrate and reflect on diversity at Albany Law and in the broader legal profession. A diverse group of distinguished alumni and local attorneys will share their work experiences and insights with students during these events.
Affinity Group Leaders:
Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)
Liangyu (Harrison) Fu, ’18, President,
Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
Racquel Saddler, ’18, President,
Cardozo Legal Society's mission is to support the Jewish student population
Daniel Goldfinger, ’18, President,
Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA)
Adriel Colon, ’18, President,
OUTLaw's mission is to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied law students
Dena DeFazio, '18, President,
Women's Law Caucus (WLC)
Tess McLaughlin, ’17, President,
In order to cultivate a set of leaders with legitimacy in the eyes of the citizenry, it is necessary that the path to leadership be visibly open to talented and qualified individuals of every race and ethnicity.