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Diversity Council

The Diversity Council is a school-wide group composed of faculty and staff who join with senior management in a collaborative effort to create strategic plans and goals for diversity in alignment with our Christian mission and vision. This involves implementing programs like implicit bias training, the Dean's Speaker Series, open conversations, academic panels, and more, that increase and enhance student, faculty, and staff diversity at all levels of Caruso Law.


Chalak Richards

Chalak Richards

Assistant Dean of Student Life, Diversity, and Belonging and
Director of Parris Institute for Professional Excellence

Established in early 2020, the office of the assistant dean of student life, diversity, and belonging has three overarching goals: to create a community where all are welcomed and recognize they belong, to care for the well-being of each individual student, and to oversee the full student life experience.

  • Develops programs to create a community that values and celebrates diversity and works on strategic initiatives and policies that strengthen diversity at all levels - student, faculty, and staff.
  • Cares for each student by coordinating faculty, peer, and alumni mentorship and by providing mental health and spiritual life support.
  • Oversees student life events and student clubs toward ensuring that students have rich and meaningful community experiences.

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Jeffrey Baker

Assistant Dean for Clinical Education and Global Programs
Diversity Officer

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Nicole Serleto Chavez

Director of Admissions, Student Information & Services
Diversity Officer

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Tanya Asim Cooper

Director of Restoration and Justice Clinic
Associate Clinical Professor of Law
Diversity Officer

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Naomi Goodno

Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Life
Diversity Officer

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Aparna Gupta

Associate Director, Professional Development and External Relations
Diversity Officer

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Berenice Hernandez

Financial Assistance Administrator
Diversity Officer

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Marcelo Rosadilla

Associate Director, Straus Institute
Diversity Officer

Sukhsimranjit Singh

Sukhsimranjit Singh

Judge Danny Weinstein Managing Director and Associate Professor of Law and Practice
Diversity Officer

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Ahmed Taha

Professor of Law
Diversity Officer

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Alexis Joyce

Associate Director of Career Development
Diversity Officer