Message From the Director

Message From the Director


As a member of the Student Affairs team, the Diversity Affairs Office also provides personal and professional counseling and referral services while creating networking opportunities with our alumni community through programs designed with you in mind. 

The Diversity Affairs Office is a safe zone for all students. The Director welcomes your visit, email, phone call and looks forward to meeting you. 

Pershia Wilkins, Director of Diversity Affairs

Diversity Office Hours: Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: Second Floor, Building 2000, in Suite 213  


Dear Students,

Today, women make up approximately 45 percent of the student body. The law school's faculty are diverse in race, age, religious beliefs, national and ethnic origins, political affiliation, sexual orientation, military and veteran status. 

The Director of Diversity Affairs coordinates the development and implementation of initiatives set forth by the Law School to increase the admission, retention and graduation of students of color and students from other underrepresented groups.  The Director works closely with many departments including: Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Admissions, and Alumni Affairs.

The Director oversees a broad range of initiatives, such as:    

providing counseling and referral services to students on personal development, academic and career success issues;

serving as a catalyst in building and promoting relationships among students, faculty, staff and alumni;

leading the Law School's efforts to develop, implement and promote diversity education and cultural awareness on campus;

assisting with recruiting a diverse student population;

overseeing and promoting Diversity Internship Programs and mentor programs;

serving as campus representative for the Stop Abuse Campaign;

acting as an advisor to diverse student groups and their leaders;

developing programs and coordinating services that support students from underrepresented populations;

providing additional support to international students and non-traditional students as they transition to a new community;

engaging students to participate in community building pipeline efforts such as: Youth Law Day, mentoring grade, high school, and college students; and

maintaining the Law School connections with local and statewide bar associations and other organizations that support our diversity initiatives.

At Albany Law School open-door policies are the norm, making all offices highly accessible. One of the many programs available to you is our campus-wide mentor match program. The Mentor Program pairs students with an upper-class student, who will offer academic guidance and personal support from the first month of law school to the end of their third year and beyond. Alumni mentors, including law firm partners and judges, are also available to mentor you as a student or as a recent graduate.