Evelyn Rangel is the inaugural Visiting Assistant Professor of the Center for Racial and Economic Justice at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. Over the past decade and a half, she developed an expertise in building and leading national racial, gender and economic justice organizations, having held positions at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC United), the Greenlining Institute, and United for Respect. In addition, Professor Rangel has advanced local, state, and national level policies and campaigns that strengthen environmental, economic, and labor protections for our most marginalized communities. Her research and teaching focuses on the intersections of critical race theory, immigration status, environmental justice, and human rights.
Professor Rangel graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She was awarded an American Jurisprudence Award. She also received the Francine Diaz Social Justice Memorial Award, and was named an inaugural University of California Presidential Public Interest Law Fellow. She is an honors graduate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she attained three Bachelor of Arts degrees magna cum laude in English Literature, Women’s Studies, and Political Science.
During law school, Professor Rangel served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Charles B. Day of the U.S. Federal District Court of Maryland and the Contra Costa County Office of the Public Defender. In addition, she was a Human Rights Law Fellow for Berkeley Law’s International Human Rights Law Clinic. She also led the Coalition for Diversity & Inclusion and served on the boards of both the Women of Color Collective and the La Raza Law Students Association.