'Building Social Justice Leaders in the Aftermath of Proposal 2' - The Evolution of Map: A Case Study About the University of Michigan Law School’s Diversity Program
Journal of Legal Education, Forthcoming
15 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2012 Last revised: 22 Feb 2014
Date Written: August 15, 2012
Colleges and universities have relied on admissions efforts as a leading strategy to realize the educational benefits of diversity. While increasing the number of minority students is important, relying on structural diversity to create an inclusive academic environment is not realistic given the growing popularity of anti-affirmative action ballot initiatives and declining minority enrollment in law schools. To that end, schools and colleges are well advised to consider new programs and strategies to create an inclusive learning environment, beyond admissions efforts.
The Michigan Access Program (“MAP”) is an example of a “post admissions,” race neutral, social justice leadership program at the University of Michigan Law School that utilizes social justice curricula, experiential learning models and intergroup dialogue to offer students a resource for living, learning and thriving within a predominately white academic environment. As a result of the program, participants feel empowered to speak up about issues of race and identity in class discussions, gain tools and skills to address identity based conflict, and serve as cross-cultural allies to one another in the classroom.
Keywords: Diversity, Anti-Affirmative Action, Affirmative Action, Proposal 2, Ballot Initiatives, Minority, Students of Color, Social Justice, Diversity Program, Cross-Cultural Ally, Admissions, Leadership
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