“I came to UC Hastings so I could learn to serve my community and the LfA Fellowship provided that learning opportunity for me--while also helping to fill the justice gap." Saron Tesfai '14
Student Town Hall
I write to express appreciation to all of you -- more than 100! -- who were able to attend the Student Town Hall this week. The turnout was fantastic. I applaud ASUCH President Hassan Rezakhani for his leadership and commend those who encouraged their peers to come talk about legal education and your own futures in the legal profession.
I look forward to celebrating with you at an upcoming BoB.
Your perspectives as current students are invaluable. I thank you for your candor. Through your participation in events such as this, all of us who have the privilege of serving as the administration are much better able to understand your concerns. I hope you left knowing you were heard, and I trust you felt informed as well.
Since the Town Hall, I have had the opportunity to discuss the questions raised on the topic of student well-being with Associate Academic Dean Heather M. Field. Please look for a follow-up message from her very soon regarding resources available for persons with disabilities, as well as background on how we can work together proactively to help students address emotional distress. Dean Field’s message is posted to the UC Hastings website for future reference: How UC Hastings Supports Students Facing Challenges.
I encourage you to stay directly involved in making UC Hastings the best school it can be. There are many opportunities for doing so throughout the year, and you should connect with ASUCH or Director of Student Services Rupa Bhandari to learn more. We share an interest in the progress of our school.
I am glad I had the opportunity to reply directly to individual students; those with further specific concerns about your educational experience or policy issues should feel free to discuss these matters personally with Director Bhandari and Associate Academic Dean Field. They are experts in improving student life and are dedicated to doing so. They consult with Provost & Academic Dean Elizabeth L. Hillman and me to look at what actions we can take. They also refer matters to me as appropriate. The elected representatives of ASUCH are invited to see many of us regularly and they also have a seat at the table at meetings of the governing Board of Directors.
For those unable to attend, an audio recording of the student town hall may be accessed through this link. For further information about UC Hastings and the work of the administration, you might look at the "Letters from the Dean" and other materials available on the website:
Our plans, including those to address the critical issue of rankings, have been shared and will continue to be shared in the interests not only of transparency but also cooperation. Your engagement is what creates our sense of community. Thank you.
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