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NFL executive Adolpho A. Birch III '91 discusses diversity on campus and athlete activism

Adolpho Birch's decision to move back to his hometown of Nashville this summer was advantageous for the community in many ways. For Vanderbilt, it meant even more access to a law school alumnus and Board of Trust member with valuable insight into issues of diversity and inclusion, just as a nationwide push for more racial justice was underway.

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Photo of Vanderbilt Law School alumnus and Tennessee Titans' new chief legal officer and senior vice president of business affairs, Adolpho Birch III '91.

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Black Lives Matter

We, at Vanderbilt Law School, mourn the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Daniel Prude, Breonna Taylor and so many other Black people who have been the victims of police brutality and racial injustice. We also condemn the shooting of Jacob Blake. As our nation is gripped by this moment of historic reckoning, we are reminded of its scarred beginnings, the constant struggle for freedom and civil rights for all, and the enormity of the work that remains to be done for our country to truly realize the ideals set out in the Constitution.

As a law school, we resoundingly reject racism and discrimination in all its forms. We strive to create an environment that is welcoming of all, inclusive, and committed to ensuring that every member feels themselves to be a full part of its community. Moreover, we are also deeply mindful of our role in teaching new generations of lawyers whose words and actions will continue the fight for racial justice, civil rights, equality of opportunity, and the rule of law. Put simply, we know that it is our responsibility to foster and maintain an anti-racist environment within our walls, as well as to equip our graduates with the educational and experiential tools they need to become anti-racist and productive members of the legal profession and society at large.

To that end, we are committed to building an engaged and visible program of Diversity, Equity and Community that underscores the significance of anti-racism and anti-discrimination across all aspects of law school life from the curriculum to our engagement with the broader community. Over the summer, we convened student, staff, and faculty task forces to develop a set of actionable recommendations to ensure the School can achieve the highest standards of inclusivity, diversity and community belonging. We are eager to begin this work.

We see that the lived reality of Black people and people of color falls far short of what is promised by our country's founding principles, laws, and guarantees. Looking forward, we are committed to harnessing the power of a legal education to continue the work of generations of Vanderbilt lawyers in the fight for the fullest attainment of the civil rights, equality and justice offered by the Constitution.