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The University of Tulsa College of Law is committed to promoting diversity in the legal profession and ensuring equal opportunity and inclusion for law students, faculty and staff.

The University of Tulsa College of Law believes diversity of people, ideas, opinions, and culture is essential to a productive society and community and is an integral part of academic achievements and established standards of excellence. TU College of Law welcomes and values individuals who differ in age, culture, exceptionalities, ethnicity, race, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status, personal experiences, values, and world views. Accordingly, TU Law declares its continuing commitment to promote diversity in the legal profession and ensure equal opportunity and inclusion for law students, faculty, and staff. Adopted by TU Law faculty, June 23, 2014.

Diversity Committee

The TU Law Diversity Committee is committed to providing cultural and educational opportunities for the TU Law community through mentoring, advising, and programming.  The committee seeks to create an environment that celebrates and maintains our multifaceted community.

Eruore Oboh (Chair)
Assistant Director of Admissions & Diversity Initiatives
Member, TU Diversity Advisory Council

Jessica Ridenour
Assistant Professor of Legal Writing

Karen Grundy
Associate Dean for Student Affairs

April M. Fox
Associate Dean, Director of Admissions

Rachel Baker
Associate Dean, Director of Professional Development

College of Law representative on University Advisory Board

3 students selected by the Dean

See Diversity Committee Funding Policy

Diversity Scholarships

Diversity Resources

Campus Resources

TU Office of Multicultural Student Programs
The Office of Multicultural Student Programs at TU provides cultural and educational programming for the entire TU community. Its dedicated staff brings together many existing campus organizations and programs under one umbrella, enriching the TU experience for all members of the university community. The Chevron Multicultural Resource Center in Hardesty Hall provides a fixed presence on campus for programming and multicultural ventures. Students have space for small group meetings and access to a growing library of books and reference materials.

TU Campus Ministries

TU Center for Student Academic Support
The TU Center for Student Academic Support (CSAS) offers a comprehensive range of academic support services and accommodations for students with disabilities. All prospective students and newly admitted students are encouraged to contact CSAS to discuss their individual needs.

TU Office of Diversity & Engagement

Law School Diversity Resources

Law School Admission Council: Diversity in Law School
National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA)
Hispanic Lawyers Network
National Native American Bar Association (NNABA)
Tulsa County Bar Association Diversity Development Committee

Diversity Events

TU Law hosts a number of events throughout the year for current and future students and the community to encourage discussion about current topics.  Check the events calendar for more information about upcoming events.

Fall Diversity Networking Event

This opportunity is open to current law students and local attorneys. It is graciously sponsored by GableGotwals and is hosted in partnership with the Tulsa County Bar Association Diversity Committeee and is hosted by the College of Law’s Professional Development Office. Click here to view the event flyer.

The Judge Chappelle Minority Law Awareness Day

The Judge Chappelle Minority Law Awareness Day, co-hosted by TU Law and the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), takes place every February in honor of Month.  The event is designed exclusively for minority high school or early college students interested in pursuing a career in law.

Students spend a day visiting the College of Law, participating in a lecture, live mock negotiation, and lunch with local minority lawyers. Students also tour the Tulsa County Courthouse, meet with a prominent judge, and visit a local law firm.

The Judge Carlos Chappelle Pathway to Law Academy

TU Law hosts Williams Companies and WPX Energy’s annual The Judge Carlos Chappelle Pathway to Law Academy at the College of Law. The conference includes a panel presentation by representatives from both the undergraduate and law school admissions offices, full-campus tours, lunch with diverse attorneys and law students, a guest speaker, and a live mock trial presentation by TU Law students.

Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture

Since 2000, the Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture has honored one of the first black attorneys in Tulsa and Oklahoma. In the aftermath of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, Franklin served his community and his profession by assisting victims of the riot. Working from a tent because his office and home were destroyed during the riot, he represented clients, filed briefs, and fought back against the injustice of the riot and the city’s assault on the Tulsa black community. The lecture also honors the legacy of his son, the distinguished historian John Hope Franklin, who delivered the first lecture in the series.  The annual event is free and open to the community.

Community College Pre-Law Day
Community college students are invited to The College of Law to meet with Admissions representatives, receive information and tips on applying to law school, given a tour of The College of Law, and have an opportunity to mingle with other community college students on the path to the legal profession. Students also complete a free Law School Admissions Test workshop facilitated by TestMasters to become familiar with what to expect when taking the LSAT.

Constitution Day
The College of Law organizes small groups of law students, law faculty and alumni to go out into the community and speak to fifth and sixth graders about the constitution and how it affects every day life. The groups also speak about what it is like to be a law student and a lawyer.

The College of Law continues to collaborate and explore ways to broaden its diversity initiatives, to be inclusive, and to provide more opportunities to connect with its greater community. The College of Law initiated the All Things TU Pop Up Fair, a joint effort with the TU Graduate and Health Profession schools. Students of the Latino Law Student Association continually tutor and mention elementary school students at San Miguel Middle School. The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) offers a networking event for local attorneys to connect with TU Law students. The College of Law hosts an Expungement Expo, as a joint effort between the Public Interest Board, the Student Bar Association, BLSA, The Lobeck Taylor Community Advocacy Clinic, and local attorneys who volunteer their time, to assist Tulsa locals obtain a second chance and a fresh start.

TU Non-Discrimination Policy

The University of Tulsa is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment. The University does not discriminate on the basis of personal status or group characteristic including, but not limited to individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ancestry, or marital status in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic, and other University administered programs. Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to the University’s Associate Vice President of Human Resources & Risk Management, Fisher Hall East Room 103, and 800 South Tucker Drive, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104.

Diversity at TU

Diversity for Incoming Class of 2019
55% women
28% underrepresented students
50% Non-Oklahoma permanent residents
18% First generation college students
34% nontraditional students
25.61 = average age
3% Veterans
(as of August 28, 2019)

Bios of diverse Faculty, Staff, key Alumni, and students.

Warigia Bowman
Kyla Currie
Ido Kilovaty
Eruore Oboh
Johnny Parker

Diverse Student Organizations

TU News on Diversity

Endowment honors legacy of beloved judge and mentor

TU Law students honored at Oklahoma Bar Association annual meeting

Making a difference for vulnerable children

TU Law student deepens knowledge of federal Indian law during congressional internship

TU Law students counsel immigrants detained by ICE

TU Law student awarded prestigious diversity scholarship

TU Law student named Most Outstanding Scholar at Muscogee (Creek) Nation Scholars Forum

Legally proud: OutLaws student group advances LGBTQ+ community and equality

TU Law student awarded prestigious Native American internship in Washington, DC

10th-anniversary women-in-law networking event

2019 Equity Awards to recognize outstanding University of Tulsa students, faculty and staff

Law students connect with minority youth

Student Bar Association elects new leadership

Wiener clerking for Nat’l Center for Youth Law in Washington, D.C.

KIPP Students learn About Careers in Law

Cybersecurity law scholar Ido Kilovaty joins TU Law

Warigia Bowman joins TU Law

Alumna Immigration Attorney Name Fern Holland Award Winner

International student calls upon experience as an immigrant in her legal studies

Tulsa Area High School Students Learn about Legal Careers

TU Law Selected Best Study Abroad Program

Former Police Officer Earns Law Degree

BLSA Students Dedicate Benches

Judge Carlos Pathway to Law Academy

TU Law Alumna Named Tulsa World 2017 People to Watch

Lorena Rivas Named 2016 Woman of Distinction

Dean Fox receives 2016 OBA diversity award