Tuesday, March 8, 2005

In the Academic Support Spotlight

Charlotte_taylor_1 Charlotte D. Taylor
Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs
and Student Support Services
DePaul University College of Law

J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 1996
B.S., Business Management and Administration, Bradley University 1992

Assistant Dean Taylor joined DePaul University College of Law in 1997 as the Assistant Director of Academic Support after practicing in the area of insurance defense.  She worked in academic support for three years, specifically helping students in academic jeopardy.  During this time she co-authored a book with then Assistant Dean and Director of Academic Support, Ruta Stropus, entitled Bridging the Gap Between College and Law School: Strategies for Success (Carolina Academic Press May 2001) for use by academic support professionals and pre-law and first year law students.   

In 2000, the College of Law created the position of Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs and appointed her to that position.  As Assistant Dean, Charlotte counseled and mentored minority students and assisted minority student organizations with programming and outreach to alumni.  In 2004, "Student Support Services" was added to her title to emphasize the counseling and mentoring nature of her work with all law students.

Charlotte has presented at several conferences for law professors in the areas of academic support and minority affairs and published two articles on the website www.prelawcommentator.com for pre-law students.  She has been very active as an Executive Board member of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Pre-Legal Education and Admission to Law School since 2000, serving as treasurer, secretary, chair-elect and chair.  She also currently serves as the co-chair of the planning committee for the 2005 National Law School Admission Council Academic Assistance Training Workshop.  She also gives back to the community through work with her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Tau Psi Zeta chapter (Alsip, Illinois).  On a personal note, Charlotte is very involved in the self-management of her co-op and enjoys reading and writing poetry.

In Charlotte Taylor's own words: “In terms of career planning, a dear friend told me to find the person in the job (or similar job) that I wanted and to take a look at his or her resume.  She said I should mirror my resume after his or hers.  To a certain extent, I think that there is a given path to various jobs and careers, and this advice holds true for most.  However, I also think that it is important to take advantage of every opportunity presented because you never know where it will lead.”  (djt)

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