Diversity and Inclusion

SMU Dedman School of Law is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment at the law school in which every Mustang is valued.

Law School programs that support respect for diversity begin at student orientation when every incoming student is introduced to the SMU Campus Cultural Intelligence Initiative. The mission of CIQ@SMU is to make cultural intelligence part of the DNA of our SMU community by touching every aspect of our institutional life, whether in the classroom, the office, or in extracurricular activities. CIQ@SMU is designed to ensure that every member of our campus is equipped to create, collaborate and implement innovative solutions to change the world, regardless of the background of those with whom they work. Other programs include the dean’s diversity council, which gives students an opportunity to provide the administration with their feedback and ideas; Diversity Week, a full week of student-driven programming; and many other opportunities for learning, conversations and collaborations with attorneys throughout our community.


Assistant Dean

Erika Fadel

Erika S. Fadel '98

Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
(214) 768-2850



March 17, 2021: Message from Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Advisor to the President

Regarding attacks on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities (.PDF)

Dixon Letter

Law Student Organizations and Resources

We encourage students to become involved in our Student Bar Association and our 40+ student organizations. Some of our diverse student organizations and resources include:

  • Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)
  • Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Dean’s Diversity Council
  • Hispanic Law Students Association (HLSA)
  • J. Reuben Clark Society
  • Jewish Law Students Association
  • Lactation Room
  • Muslim Law Students Association
  • OUTlaw
  • South Asian Law Student Association
  • SMU Veterans Law Association
  • Women in Law
  • On-Campus Prayer/Reflection Room: (Underwood Law Library C224)

University Resources 

Career Opportunities

We encourage students to take advantage of a variety of diversity-related career opportunities:

Dallas Resources 

Antiracism Resources


Programing Archive

Rising Scholars Program Builds Hands-on Bridge to Law Careers 

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A panel discussion of the documentary “Truth To Power: Barbara Lee Speaks For Me” on the life and work of Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Peabody Award winning director and film producer Abby Ginzberg joined Congresswoman Lee for this live panel discussion about the Congresswoman’s life and about Ms. Ginzberg’s experience making the documentary.

Unity Walk

June 18, 2020: Women’s Guide to Healing the Racial Divide: How to Talk to Each Other and Our Children about Race

Dedman School of Law was honored to partner with Dallas Women Lawyers Association, Dallas Bar AssociationJ.L. Turner Legal AssociationDallas Association of Young Lawyers, and Moms in Law on an important conversation related to racism and discrimination which featured three of our alumnae.  A recording of the SOLD OUT program and documents provided by the panelists are available HERE.

July 2020: "Doing the Work" Series

  • July 8, 2020 - “Defund the Police!” Providing a Structural Framework for Thinking about [Radical] Social Change

  • July 15, 2020 - Dallas as the Pivot Point: An Examination of DFW Policing and Institutional History and its Current Criminal Justice Implications

  • July 29, 2020 -Systemic Barriers to Social Change and Civic Participation

  • August 5, 2020 - Next Steps: Be a Part of the Solution