Celebrating the accomplishments of individuals and organizations committed to promoting a diverse profession.
Hors d’oeuvres, networking and more hosted by Santa Clara Law, Committee for Diversity and Inclusion and community partners.
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Santa Clara Law is thrilled to announce the recipient of the Social Justice and Human Rights Award for 2018 is Lizbeth Mateo JD ’16. Mateo has made headlines for being one of the first undocumented immigrants to be appointed to a statewide post in California, and more recently for her courageous work to end the separation of undocumented families.
Earlier this year, Mateo was named to an advisory committee that seeks to improve access to college for low-income California students. California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon appointed Mateo to the post, saying she is “a courageous, determined and intelligent young woman who at great personal risk has dedicated herself to fight for those seeking their rightful place in this country.”
Santa Clara Law Prof. Bradley Joondeph, who taught Mateo when she was a student, issued a statement upon her appointment.“Santa Clara Law is extremely proud of Lizbeth. She embodies Santa Clara’s values and mission — a person who, despite significant obstacles, has used her education to be present for others. Lizbeth’s determined pursuit of her calling, in the face of various risks and hardships, inspires all of us who desire a more just, caring, and loving world, especially for those at society’s margins.”
We are excited to honor her work and passion during this year’s Diversity Gala award ceremony.
This year the Organization of the Year award will be given to the Warriors Community Foundation. As the philanthropic arm of the Golden State Warriors, the Foundation supports local organizations that help underserved children live, learn, and play. They believe that all children in the Bay Area deserve opportunities to be healthy and well and to succeed socially and academically. Since 2012, the Foundation has given away more than $10 million in grants to organizations and schools in Alameda and San Francisco counties, refurbished 80 basketball courts in low income communities around the Bay Area, and shared the joy and excitement of Warriors home games by donating thousands of tickets. Throughout the year they promoted education through the Warriors Math Hoops and Read to Achieve programs, as well as, the Back to School in the Bay campaign. Their aid in our communities goes above and beyond to support diversity and inclusion in our higher education systems. We hope to see many of these students on campus in the future as part of our undergraduate and law school programs, and are grateful to the Foundation for all that they have accomplished for families in the Bay Area.
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