"Dr. DiMola takes the time to make sure all students fully understand the material we are learning. She's there to talk whenever you need a helping hand. That's what makes the experience at Carlow so good!"
—Jazmyne Taggart '18 (pictured at right with DiMola)
Sandi DiMola, JD, is the kind of professor students need to know if they have any inkling that a legal career might be in their futures.
Before transitioning to an academic career in 2007, DiMola had a 25-year legal career, beginning as a law clerk in federal district court and continuing as employment and immigration counsel to Wall Street financial-services firm Merrill Lynch. After this, she worked in private practice.
In 2011, she received a Fulbright award to study ethnic diversity and integration initiatives in Germany and the European Union. That work spawned a number of conference presentations and publications related to social inclusion of marginalized populations.
Currently, she is involved as a researcher for the Department of Justice's pilot initiative, Building Community Trust and Justice.
DiMola is a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders, an NGO engaged in capacity building in post-conflict societies. She is program manager for the Program for Deliberative Democracy at Carnegie Mellon University, an initiative that involves conducting deliberative polls and forums on issues such as climate change. She has also served as a consultant to Pittsburgh's Arsenal Middle School to help facilitate a mediation plan for resolution of ethnic violence, a project funded by the Pittsburgh Foundation.
DiMola's real-world experience is a great advantage for her students.
"I like to place students in situations where they are outside of their comfort zones and push them to develop skills in conflict resolution and resiliency," says DiMola. "Today, students are likely to have more than one career. It's good to learn not to be complacent and to know how to bounce back from difficult situations."
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