Lisa Sonia Taylor started as the inaugural Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Affinity Relations at Washington College of Law in August 2019. She has worked in Higher Education for over 17 years, including as an Instructor of Law and Director of Inclusion and Diversity Education at Saint Louis University School of Law and most recently as the Managing Director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at Howard University School of Law.
She has also served as the Director of Development at Ohio Northern University College of Law and Assistant Dean for Admissions at Florida A&M University College of Law. Lisa regularly speaks on matters of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice to companies, bar associations, and educational institutions. She focuses on practical strategies for creating inclusive environments where diverse members have an equal opportunity to succeed and thrive. ?In 2018, the Missouri Lawyer’s Media honored Lisa as one of 20 lawyers who are “significantly advancing diversity, inclusion and the dignity of all people in Missouri’s legal profession and in communities in which exceptional legal work impacts justice for all.” Lisa obtained her B.A. from the University of Toronto and her J.D. from Howard University School of Law.
Camille A. Thompson is the Assistant Director of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project and adjunct faculty at American University Washington College of Law.
Professor Thompson is a member of the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Affinity Relations where she manages all aspects of the national and international expansion efforts of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. Here she develops strategic and innovative programming that support the educational advancement of diverse students. She oversees the local Washington, D.C., Marshall-Brennan chapter and supervises the Fellows in their work in D.C. public high schools.
Professor Thompson has been a law school administrator for almost ten years. Most recently she served in the admissions department at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC Law) in multiple administrative roles, including 15 months as the Interim Dean of Admission. Throughout her career, Professor Thompson has demonstrated a commitment to serving and improving outcomes for students from diverse and underrepresented populations. She developed and led several successful pipeline initiatives, includingPower Hour, a pre-law preparedness program at UDC and other local universities, and the Ambassador Program designed to cultivate leadership skills and opportunities for diverse students.
Professor Thompson received her J.D. from Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law and her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. She is licensed to practice law in Florida and the District of Columbia, accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and a former member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She is a trained mediator and volunteers with several civic organizations.
Derrick Tanner Jr. started as the Administrative Coordinator in the Office of the Dean at WCL in 2018. His position was expanded to include support for the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Affinity Relations in May of 2020. In the Dean’s Office, Derrick serves as the first point of contact for visitors. Derrick also provides significant administrative support, including daily office management, planning and coordinating events, drafting and editing correspondence and reports, and ensuring proper follow-up to inquiries. In the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Affinity Relations, Derrick provides logistical support to the office and general affinity group outreach. Before he started his academic career at WCL, Derrick served as a civilian for the Department of Defense for 10 years. In his time, he managed a single service member, geographical bachelor and Wounded Warrior program, where he elevated the quality of life for these eligible patrons. Through this advancement, he created cultural, educational, and financial programs for the service members. While he was serving the service members, he raised participation by 50%. Derrick holds a Master of Science in Sports Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management from High Point University. He is currently a Ph.D. student at Notre Dame of Maryland University studying Higher Education Leadership in Changing Populations. Derrick is also matriculated at Cornell University earning his certification in Diversity & Inclusion.
Rolonda Donelson is a Dean’s Fellow for the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Affinity Relations. She is excited to work with members of the WCL community on initiatives to increase diversity and a sense of belonging in the law school community.
Rolonda is one of the Co-Founders and current Co-President of the Women of Color Coalition (WOCC) at WCL and a Junior Staffer on the Journal for Gender, Social Policy & the Law. Rolonda also serves as a Teaching Fellow for the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project where she instructs DC high school students in hands-on civic activities.
Rolonda received her B.A. from Brandeis University with double majors in Politics and International & Global Studies. She minored in East Asian Studies and Social Justice & Social Policy.
Samiksha Manjani is a Dean’s Fellow for the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Affinity Relations. She is excited to help build & nourish a diverse community on campus and is always happy to meet new students!
Samiksha is one of the Co-Founders and current Co-Presidents of the Women of Color Coalition (WOCC) at WCL and a Junior Staffer on the Journal for Gender, Social Policy & the Law. Samiksha earned her B.A. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) with double majors in Political Science & Sociology. In her free time, she loves crime & international TV, exercising & playing sports, being in nature, drinking chai, and spending time with loved ones. Stop by for a chat!
Her office hours are: Tuesdays, from 10:30 am-1 pm!