I first became interested in issues of discrimination and diversity when our family moved to Louisiana when I was a child. The need to better understand why discrimination occurs and ways to eradicate it have been common themes throughout my university education and now in my research.

I am pleased to be part of the efforts at both the Faculty of Law and Department of Law and hope to contribute to making the Department of Law a place where all can feel welcome.

As the Equality Coordinator at both the Faculty and Department of Law, my efforts now are focused on keeping our equality plans up-to-date, making suggestions as to measures that can be taken to further equality as well as acting as a contact person for individuals wanting to discuss issues of equality.

Laura Carlson, Equality Coordinator 2012-2015


“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighbourhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

Eleanor Roosevelt, “In Our Hands” (1958 speech delivered on the tenth anniversary of
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)