For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law

January 18, 2007

UW Law School Hires Director of Diversity

Seattle - The Norma RodriguezUniversity of Washington School of Law has hired Norma Rodriguez as the new Director of Recruitment and Diversity.  She received her M.A. ('96) and Ph.D. ('01) from the UW and most recently worked as an assistant professor at California State University, Chico.

The daughter of farm workers, Rodriguez said she is the first in her family to have attended college.  "My father immigrated from Mexico," said the native of Buttonwillow, Calif.  "It was very important to my family that I go to college."  Her mother had her focus on attending nearby California State University, Bakersfield, where she received her bachelor's degree in political science ('92).

Because of her background, Rodriguez has always endeavored to incorporate race and ethnicity issues into her career, including writing it into her curriculum as a professor.  She saw the UW law school position as a "perfect combination of what I was looking for:  working with students and addressing diversity issues." 

Among her many tasks at the UW School of Law, Rodriguez will work with high school and undergraduate students who may be considering a career in the law.  "It's important for underrepresented students to see their peers in the law school and legal field," she said.  "My job is to create opportunities for students who otherwise may not have access to them."