Celebrating Juneteenth, a message from Diversity, Equity and Community Dean Yesha Yadav

As we gather to celebrate Juneteenth with our friends and families, we are humbled by the sacredness of this day and its profound significance for the history of our country.

With the despicable inhumanity and evil of slavery ending, Black Americans began the slow and painful journey towards the fullest and most equal attainment of their Constitutional rights. In celebrating the momentousness of Juneteenth, we are also all too aware that this journey continues.

This past year shows us that racial injustices and inequalities continue to fundamentally permeate the lived experience of Black people and people of color in our country. This must end.

With Juneteenth, we are reminded of first steps towards progress and of the work still to be done. Our law school is committed to this enterprise in training new generations of lawyers, activists, public servants and civil rights pioneers.

By our mission, it is our privilege and honor to mark Juneteenth through a commitment to action and an ambition to always do better for our students, staff, faculty and the national community.