At Mitchell Hamline we recognize that:
- Diversity and inclusion are vital to the success of the institution.
- In order to build a vibrant learning community and an inclusive profession, all individuals need to feel welcomed and respected.
- Every member of the Mitchell Hamline community is a complex being with multiple dimensions to his/her identity, including: personal style, age, race, gender, religion, ethnicity, national origin, language, sexual orientation, physical ability, political beliefs, socio-economic status, group identity, educational background, life experiences, and many other dimensions.
- Exploring differences and commonalities in a safe, respectful, and positive manner is essential in creating culturally competent legal scholars and professionals.
- Identification and elimination of bias is fundamental to creating an inclusive legal profession and justice system.
- Cultural competence is an essential skill-set if lawyers are to communicate, negotiate, and advocate effectively across differences.
Cultural competence development is a lifelong, gradual process of furthering awareness and understanding of cultural differences and acquiring the necessary skills to practice law in increasingly complex multicultural societies. For that, lawyers need to:
- Recognize cultural differences (AWARENESS)
- Learn what those differences are (KNOWLEDGE)
- Develop the ability to adjust their behavior to the cultural orientation of others (SKILLS)