Multicultural Affairs

  • Students are interested in law school for a variety of reasons and whatever your motivation may be; we are here to support you and help you to become the best practitioner that you can be. To that end the Office of Multicultural Affairs is here to provide opportunities outside of the classroom that will help make our future alumni better citizens of the world and better advocates for their increasingly diverse clientele. Our offices are here to enhance the educational experience for all students through diversity and service learning programs.

    Capital is dedicated to providing support to all of its students. The Law School embodies a close community of students, faculty, and administrators who support one another and who strive to be the best. Our student body includes a good balance of men and women, students of color, and students with regional roots that span the geography of the nation.

    The educational opportunities offered at Capital University Law School are significantly broadened through the activities of a variety of student organizations and provided in the Columbus community. Many organizations supplement the formal curriculum by providing training in the work of the lawyer and legal scholar beyond the academic experience of the classroom. Other organizations provide opportunities for those of shared backgrounds or interests to relate those concerns to their legal training and future careers. Still other organizations are valued as support groups. The Office of Multicultural Affairs is here to bring all of those varied opportunities to you. Please visit our office located on the 3rd Floor in the Student Services Area or contact blovelaceross@capital.edu with any questions. 

    Upcoming Events

    Ohio Wesleyan University presents Civil Rights Icon Congressman John Lewis (March 31, 2014):  The Ohio Wesleyan University community proudly welcomes Civil Rights icon Congressman John Lewis to campus on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 7:00pm in University Hall’s Gray Chapel. Called “one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced,” Congressman Lewis is the last surviving member of the Big Six leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Congressman Lewis will address to campus community and be awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, Ohio Wesleyan’s highest recognition, at the event. 

    Taste of Clintonville (March 31, 2014):   Get a taste of what makes Clintonville such a special neighborhood during the first ever Taste of Clintonville. Taste of Clintonville 2014 will be held 5-8 p.m. Monday, March 31, at Mozart’s, 4784 N. High St. in Clintonville. Tickets are $25 per person and include tastings and soft drink tickets. Tickets will be available for sale before the event at Mozart’s, 4784 N. High St., and at Weiland’s, 3600 Indianola Ave., as well as at the door. Taste of Clintonville will celebrate the neighborhood’s culinary scene, with participating restaurants sharing samples of their signature dishes, including: Aladdin’s, Angry Bear Kitchen, Cakes & More, Clintonville Woman’s Club, The Coop food truck, The Crest Gastropub, Crimson Cup, Dante’s Pizza, Global Gallery, India-Oak Bar and Grill, Lavash Cafe, Lucky’s Market, Mozart’s, Nancy’s Home Cooking, O’Reilly’s Pub, Pattycake Bakery, Portia’s Cafe, Weiland’s Market, Whole World and Wildflower Cafe.  

    IMPACT Community Action: 2014 Poverty Summit (April 3, 2014):  Join IMPACT Community Action for a candid discussion about “Who’s winning the War on Poverty?” on Thursday, April 3 from 3 to 5 pm at the Columbus Department of Public Health’s Auditorium.  This community conversation will feature a panel discussion on poverty issues in Columbus and Franklin County, and will conclude with a question and answer session.  The follow individuals will serve as panelists: Ms. Roberta F. Garber, AVP, Planning and Development, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority; Ms. Michelle Heritage, Executive Director, Community Shelter Board; Dr. Keith Kilty, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University; and, Mr. Anthony Trotman, Director, Franklin County Job and Family Services. For more information and/or to register for this event, visit IMPACT’s website. 

    The Abolitionists Present: ‘Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle’ (April 17, 2014):  The Abolitionists vividly brings to life the struggles of the men and women who lead the battle to end slavery.  Through innovative use of reenactments, this three-episode series puts a face on the anti-slavery movement – or rather, five faces: William Lloyd Garrison, impassioned New England newspaper editor; Frederick Douglass, former slave, author, and activist; Angelina Grimké, daughter of a rich South Carolina slaveholder; Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the enormously influential Uncle Tom’s Cabin; and John Brown, ultimately executed for his armed seizure of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry. The film’s release in 2013 also marked the 150th anniversary year of the Emancipation Proclamation.  This event takes place at the Westerville Public Library, which is located at 126 S. State St. Westerville, Ohio 43081.  It is free and begins at 6pm.  For more information, please call: 614-901-6500.  

    Community Service

    Korean Food Festival and Rummage Sale (April 12, 2014):  Bethel International United Methodist Church will host this fundraising event for the World Mission.  This event will take place on Saturday, from 10am until 5pm.  The church is located on 1220 Bethel Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43220.  For more information, please call: 614-451-2085    

    Networking Events    

    Networking Leader’s Alliance Tradeshow (April 10, 2014):  The Networking Leaders Alliance is hosting a Networking Tradeshow on Thursday, April 10 at Dave & Busters Hilliard from 5 to 8 pm. Meet the leaders and members of central Ohio's top networking organizations as you connect with hundreds of central Ohio business owners and professionals at this free event. Get connected with Big Fish Networking, Network Columbus, CYP CLUB (Columbus Young Professionals Club), TORN (The Ohio Referral Network), Experience Columbus, Scioto Ridge Job Networking Group, Network Today, Synergy National, Goldstar Referral Clubs, CAMA (Columbus American Marketing Assoc.), Career Transition Institute, National Association of WOMEN, National Association of Women in Construction, Columbus Bar Association, OSU Alumni Club of Franklin County, The Single Life, AWMI, DAMES BOND, and BNI. Courtesy of Dave and Buster's, you will receive a free video game/simulator power card that is good for unlimited play for the night; there will also be a Cash Bar and light appetizers. 

    Scholarship Opportunities 

    OACTA 2014 Law Student Diversity Scholarships: The Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys' (OACTA's) annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program is open to incoming second and third-year African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students enrolled at Ohio law schools. Incoming second and third-year female law students enrolled at Ohio law schools are also eligible regardless of race or ethnicity. Other criteria for the scholarship include: (1) Academic Achievement in law school; (2) Professional interest in civil defense practice; and (3) Service to community and to the cause of diversity.  Up to two (2) scholarships in the amount of $1,250 each will be awarded to successful applicants.  Applicants are required to submit an application, law school transcript and a cover letter addressing the following: academic, personal and professional accomplishments, and why they should be selected as a recipient of the scholarship.  Applicants may submit up to three letters of recommendation.
    The completed application must be received by April 18, 2014. Winners will be announced in June 2014. Visit
    oacta.org for further information.  

     

     

     

    DRI Diversity Scholarship: DRI announces its Annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program open to rising (2014–15) second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students. All rising second- and third year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Any other rising second- and third-year law students who also come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender are eligible to apply. Students who are members of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), Law School or Law Student members of AAJ or students otherwise affiliated with or employed by AAJ are not eligible for DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarships. 

    To qualify for this scholarship, candidate must be a full-time student. Evening students who also qualify for consideration must have completed one third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant’s law school. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA accredited law schools in order to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement in Principle. See the last page of this application for the DRI Diversity Statement. Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria:
    • Demonstrated academic excellence
    • Service to the profession
    • Service to the community
    • Service to the cause of diversity
     

    The application can be found on www.dri.org.   The deadline to apply is March 31, 2014.