Fordham Law’s Nitza Milagros Escalera Receives 2017 Insight Into Diversity Magazine Giving Back Award


Dean Matthew Diller was quoted in a Citybizlist article where he speaks about Nitza Escalera’s recent 2017 Insight Into Diversity Magazine Giving Back Award.

“Nitza has long played a central role in helping ensure that Fordham Law is a warm and inclusive community,” said Dean Matthew Diller. “She is sought after by students, faculty, alumni, and administrators as a source of advice, ideas, and leadership. It is wonderful to see her get this recognition that she so richly deserves.”

Nitza Milagros Escalera, the dean of diversity initiatives at Fordham Law School, has received the 2017 Giving Back Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Giving Back Award, announced yesterday, honors college and university administrators who go above and beyond their everyday leadership duties and “give back” to their campuses and communities. Escalera will be featured, along with 38 other recipients, in the April 2017 Leadership Support and Giving Back issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Giving Back Award recipients were nominated by their colleagues and selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity based on their outstanding demonstration of social responsibility; involvement with students, faculty, staff, and the community; and commitment to serving underrepresented populations. Each honoree is recognized for his or her passion, dedication, and support for diversity and inclusion.

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected Escalera because she has been a mentor for more than a generation of students of color at Fordham Law. Her new role as Fordham Law’s first assistant dean of diversity initiatives, held in conjunction with her longtime position of assistant dean of student affairs, establishes a clear point person within the Fordham Law administration for the entire range of issues related to diversity and inclusion.


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