In an e-mail sent to Georgetown Law accounts on Thursday afternoon, Dean William Treanor revealed the long-awaited hiring of the school’s first Director of Equity, Community and Inclusion (DEIC). The position was created “[i]n light of our mission to educate the whole person and our ongoing commitment to social justice and inclusiveness” and will be filled for the first time by Dr. Judith Perez Caro, Ph.D.
Dr. Perez Caro enters the position after a months-long job search. The position was posted online on Oct. 27, 2015, amidst a nationwide discussion on race and inclusion, especially on campuses including Georgetown Law.
Born and raised in the Bronx’s famous Co-Op City, Dr. Perez Caro is a third-generation Puerto Rican. She went on to attend Canisius College in Buffalo, NY for a degree in Communications. She went on to acquire an extensive background in sociology, having received a Master’s degree in higher education from Columbia’s Teacher’s College, concentrating in multicultural student development. She went on to receive a Ph.D. in sociology from Fordham University, concentrating in Diversity and Inequality as well as Latino Studies.
She has over a decade of teaching experience at Catholic University, John Jay College at CUNY, and Fordham. Most recently, she has served as Director of Diversity at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, a Catholic K-12 school. She has also overseen programs promoting diversity and inclusion at Barnard College, The National Equity Center, Catholic University, The National Diversity Directors Institute, and George Washington University.
At Georgetown Law, Dean Treanor has instructed Dr. Perez Caro to focus on four initiatives:
- Serve as a resource to students from all backgrounds, focusing on and advocating for students from historically underrepresented backgrounds.
- Expand programs to enhance cultural competency, promote civil discourse and educate on implicit bias.
- Ensure classrooms and clinics are inclusive of a broad range of viewpoints that respect difference.
- Work with Dean of Admissions Andrew Cornblatt to attract students from historically underrepresented backgrounds to Georgetown Law.