Professor Suzette Meléndez Named Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion
Dean Craig M. Boise has appointed Professor Suzette Meléndez as Syracuse University College of Law’s new Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion. In this position, Professor Meléndez will work with Dean Boise and across the entire College to lead ongoing efforts to foster an inclusive learning community that seeks to address and eradicate racism and other forms of discrimination, that values and builds on Syracuse Law’s diversity, and that equips law students with the cultural competence necessary to function effectively and ethically in 21st century legal practice.
In doing so, Professor Meléndez will draw and continue upon her work as Chair of the Committee on Inclusion Initiatives, which in light of its permanence and composition will now be known as the Inclusion Council. The Inclusion Council will continue to meet regularly to evaluate the climate at the College of Law and to make recommendations for actions to create and sustain an inclusive learning community.
Most recently, the Inclusion Council, together with the Curriculum Committee, chaired by Professor Paula Johnson, has advanced Syracuse Law’s new three-pronged Cultural Competency Curriculum; provided a series of professional development opportunities and resources for our faculty, staff, and students; and advocated for the creation of the Hon. Sandra L. Townes, L’76 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Resource Center. The Council’s work has also represented the law school’s investment in anti-discriminatory initiatives across campus.
In addition to her new duties, Professor Meléndez will continue her teaching in the area of Family Law.