Student Resources and Programs

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UC Hastings offers a breadth of student resources and programs to help ensure an inclusive and equitable experience for our diverse student community. We regularly evaluate our offerings, gathering student input and adjusting our efforts to match the changing needs and interests of our students. The below are some highlights.

Office of Student Services

The mission of the Office of Student Services is to advocate for and guide the holistic development of all students through the intentional creation of an inclusive and collaborative community that fosters a sense of belonging. They create and provide student-centered programs and services; support our students’ academic and personal growth; promote their mental health and physical wellbeing; and encourage their development into inspired leaders and empowered legal professionals.

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Legal Education Opportunity Program (LEOP)

UC Hastings created the Legal Education Opportunity Program (LEOP) in 1969 to make an outstanding legal education accessible to those who come from disadvantaged educational, economic, social, or physical backgrounds. LEOP academic resources, programs, and services begin with the admissions process and continues during and after attending UC Hastings. LEOP also organizes additional office hours with doctrinal faculty for its program students.

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Disability Resource Program (DRP)

The Disability Resource Program (DRP) works with students to meet challenges and overcome obstacles to achievement. DRP makes reasonable accommodations for qualified students with known disabilities in order to mitigate the impact of the students’ disabilities in the law school environment. The program offers education, service, and staff support to create a welcoming, inclusive environment that empowers students in their educational and law school careers.

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Hong Student Lounge and Cultural Center

Thanks to input from our student leaders and a gift from Paul Hong ’60, the opening of the Cotchett Law Center in 2020 included space for the Hong Student Lounge and Cultural Center, which is named in memory of Hok How Hong. Students will be able to enjoy the lounge during building hours, as well as reserve meeting spaces by reservation. The Associated Students of UC Hastings (ASUCH) office is also located in the Hong Student Lounge and Cultural Center. The Office of Student Services oversees space and program facilitation in partnership with student leaders.

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Affinity-Based Student Organizations

UC Hastings students lead a variety of affinity-based organizations that lead a number initiatives for our students, including programs, events, community engagement opportunities, and mentorship programs.

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First Generation Mentorship Program

The UC Hastings First Generation Mentorship Program is for faculty and staff volunteers to individually mentor students who identify as first generation professionals. One of the most significant factors in navigating through any degree program is good mentorship. This is particularly true in law school, where skills development, understanding, and network formation often occurs organically, as the result of connections students make with faculty, staff, alumni and each other. This mentorship program is intentional and dedicated to cultivating a positive experience for both mentor and mentee.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training

UC Hastings offers a mandatory Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training for students that is offered during Orientation Week. The training format may adjust each year, but can include online modules, in-person discussions, and supplemental reading assignments. The goal of the training is to provide a foundation for all students to understand our values for diversity and provide tools for students to help align with and promote those values.

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Key Staff

Although every employee at UC Hastings is charged with supporting the diverse needs of our students, the following have particular responsibilities to that end.

Elizabeth McGriff ’96

Director of the Legal Education Opportunity Program (LEOP)
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Emily Haan

Director of Student Services
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Lisa Noshay Petro ’98

Director, Disability Resource Program
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Lauren Lofton

Associate Director for Student Life and Inclusion
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Jonathan Myers ’15

Associate Director for Academic Advising and Programming
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Annie Rosenthal

Associate Director of CARE, MSW, she/her/hers
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Anju Okutani

Program Coordinator
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