Social Justice Leadership Committee

Mission Statement

The Social Justice Leadership Committee seeks to advance the School of Law’s social justice mission and promote the well-being of all students in their academic pursuits and beyond. The Committee is focused on creating an inclusive and equitable environment where students feel safe and supported. In particular, the Committee works to identify and combat structural and institutional barriers that affect students from traditionally marginalized groups. Through student and faculty collaboration, the Committee works to provide resources and develop solutions to promote equity at the Law School and in the broader legal community.

History and Accomplishments

The Social Justice Leadership Committee (SJLC) was formed through the work of the Social Justice Coalition, a student organization during the 2008-2009 academic year that focused on increasing student collaboration, promoting, and improving Seattle University School of Law’s social justice mission. Some changes the SJLC has been able to implement are the following:

  1. Gender neutral restroom located on the first floor in the clinic
  2. Bias response plan to be rolled out by the main university early 2019
  3. Faculty race equity trainings from 2015-2017
  4. Increased accessibility to the library via installation of an automatic door opener
  5. Creation of wellness week for mental health awareness
  6. Creation of a response plan for undocumented students in 2017


Chairs of the Social Justice Leadership Committee and its staff/faculty members are Dean appointed. In addition to the carryover of students from last year, new students were selected at the beginning of the year whose interests align with the committee. This year, we added our two Scholars for Justice. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact


Brittney Adams
Christina Holman
Sam Sung
Alyssa Garcia
Heidi Hinterberg
Rosemary Kim
Elena Praggastis
Duc Vu
Laura Gage
Lindsey Bray
Kate Cohn
Yessenia Manzo
Beverly Tsai
Destinee Evers
Karamvir Dhaliwal
Tori Sullivan
Kory Atcuson

Staff and Faculty

Tom Antkowiak, Co-Chair (Spring only)
Steve Bender, Co-Chair (Fall only)
Cindy Yeung, Co-Chair
Lisa Brodoff
Jill Dutton
Roderick Morrison
Colin Watrin



Description coming soon.

Bias Response

Description coming soon.

Advanced Race Equity Training

Description coming soon.

Affinity Groups

Description coming soon.

Events and Minutes

Advanced Race Equity Training: January 22, 2019, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Jeff Robinson, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of the Trone Center for Justice and Equality presents Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America.

September 12 Meeting Minutes

October 10 Meeting Minutes

September 5, 2019 Meeting Minutes