Tania A. Luma
Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Building & Room:
300 S. State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604
Tania Luma was appointed Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in 2019. Assistant Dean Luma works to promote a culture at John Marshall that values and supports diversity through work in five main areas: institutional strategic planning, diversity programming and training, current student support, recruitment, and community partnerships.
In addition to practicing law, Assistant Dean Luma has taught at the undergraduate and graduate level and consulted with organizations on leadership and how to create high-performing employee cultures. She is Harvard University-trained in adaptive leadership and public leadership.
As a John Marshall law student, Assistant Dean Luma was elected Chair of the SBA's Diversity Affairs Committee, a position in which she led a campaign to explore creation of an Office of Diversity at John Marshall, which was ultimately founded in 2009.
After law school, Assistant Dean Luma practiced civil litigation in the Cook County Child Protection Division from 2009–2016. During that time, she represented children affected by trauma, abuse, and neglect—work that put her at the forefront of race, class, and justice issues in the Chicago area. In her role, she managed legal teams and created Jobs for Youth, an employment program for disadvantaged youth in Cook County foster care.
In 2012, Assistant Dean Luma joined DePaul University as an Adjunct Professor and taught Critical Thinking, Criminal Justice, and Homeland Security. She also helped DePaul develop different assessments of student critical-thinking abilities and worked with colleagues and staff to assess incoming students from 2012–2016.
In 2016, Assistant Dean Luma studied public leadership at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and used this training to provide coaching, leadership development, and organizational development services to individuals and institutions.
While continuing her work in organizational development and higher education, Luma returned to John Marshall in 2017 as an adjunct professor in the Lawyering Skills Program. In Summer 2018, she also began teaching Legal Writing in the SCALES, an initiative that provides marginalized students with academic support and access to a legal education.
In 2018, she joined the John Marshall Academic Achievement Program staff as an Academic Support Specialist. In that role, she coordinated the 1L Expert Learning course with Associate Dean Rodney Fong and helped develop a two-pronged approach—cognitive and non-cognitive—to legal education. Non-cognitive concepts included psychological barriers to learning such as impostor syndrome, stereotype threat, and lack of belonging.