Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Upon reflection and introspection, Drexel Law Review recognizes the importance of incorporating more diverse perspectives in both membership and scholarship. Aware of the bias and discrimination that has been historically prevalent within law schools and their publications, we hereby make a commitment to promote voices that accurately reflect the rich diversity of experiences, backgrounds, and viewpoints present in the legal community at large.
In doing so, Drexel Law Review acknowledges its great power in shaping legal academia, and commits to creating a forum that represents our entire legal community. Law reviews have historically been homogeneous spaces, with the voices of the majority overpowering those of the minority in both membership and scholarship. When homogenous groups of students and academics work together, they create an echo chamber. Scholarship created in this manner can never hope to be inventive, creative, or groundbreaking. We acknowledge this and are committed to reinventing ourselves by eliminating the notion of a “traditional” applicant.
Our leadership will additionally foster and nourish an inclusive and diverse space within academia more broadly by encouraging diverse applicants to apply. In the interest of diverse and inclusive membership, we will continually adjust and re-evaluate our write-on process. For now, applications are initially blinded to reduce any inherent bias. Ultimately, applicants’ identities will be considered to ensure inclusivity of thought that reflects the law school and the larger legal community. We will further honor this commitment by:
- regularly educating the student body on the write-on process,
- integrating diversity workshops into trainings for all law review staff,
- maintaining a committee to specifically focus on issues of inclusion,
- participating in a mentorship program for interested candidates to interact with current law review members, and
- intentionally encouraging scholarship that magnifies diverse voices.
Law reviews should capture the complete essence of law school communities—inclusive of all races, genders, sexual orientations, and backgrounds. Drexel Law Review pledges to create an academic space that promotes all kinds of voices.