April 19, 2016

Cardozo School of Law Welcomes Yolonda Harrison as Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

April 19, 2016 - Dean Melanie Leslie has announced the creation of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Cardozo School of Law, and has hired Yolonda P. Harrison as its director after a national search.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will work to ensure that all Cardozo graduates have the cultural competency to be effective attorneys and leaders. 

“Today’s lawyers must understand diverse perspectives and communicate effectively about issues of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and ethnicity,” said Dean Leslie. “I look forward to working with Yolonda Harrison to create new initiatives that will strengthen our educational program and our community as a whole.”

Cardozo School of Law is a welcoming community with a diverse student body. Dean Leslie has been working with student leaders on increasing cultural awareness and strengthening dialogue among students and faculty, and expanding inclusion efforts throughout the law school's classrooms, programs and events.

Harrison was most recently the director of student services, diversity and inclusion at Seton Hall University School of Law. Prior to that she worked in the legal division of Thomson Reuters. She was the legal research and digital initiatives law librarian for the College of Law at Florida International University, and the web development librarian and adjunct professor of law at North Carolina Central University School of Law. She received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a joint J.D. and Master of Library Science, summa cum laude, from North Carolina Central University. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.