Jay L. Austin
Jay L. Austin is the executive director of RISE Alliance Center at the Law School Admission Council. RISE (Reaffirming Individuals Supporting Education) initiatives and programs are centered on supporting and building community and capacity to influence institutional climate among the student-facing professional and support staff, especially among and between minoritized group members at the LSAC 200+ member law schools.
Prior to joining LSAC, he has served as the senior association dean of enrollment and financial aid at Rutgers Law School as well as overseeing admissions and financial aid at University of California Irvine School of Law, the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, Pennsylvania State University School of Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, University of California Hastings School of Law, and as an admissions officer at Columbia University School of Law and Columbia School of Business.
He has extensive participation on various committees and in leadership positions including president of the Black Faculty and Staff Association at UC Irvine, and as chair of the LGBTQ Board at the University of Pennsylvania. Outspoken about topics pertaining the value of inclusivity, Austin has presented on a range of topics including the critical need to consider the narrative of the intersectionality of lived lives in admissions policies and practices, and inclusion and diversity and institutional leadership where a favorite presentation title It’s More Than Gender Neutral Restrooms—Empowering the Individual and Transforming the Institution.
Jay attended Columbia University where he studied biology-psychology and completed post-graduate certificate in international management at University of Liverpool.