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Lisa Ryan

Lisa Ryan

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
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MS, Champlain College

BA, Temple University


Lisa Ryan


Dean Ryan joined Vermont Law and Graduate School as Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in July of 2022.

Professor Ryan is working towards a society where all voices are heard and valued, systems of oppression are dismantled, and equity is at the center of everything we do. Currently, through her role as Director of Domestic Violence Response Systems for the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, she is focused on helping those who experience harm and those who have caused harm within the systems they navigate, and the communities in which they belong. One of her biggest achievements is starting and overseeing the Rutland County Community Justice Center—introducing restorative justice principles and approaches to participants and community stakeholders.

Ms. Ryan professionally and personally assumes leadership and management roles through her experiences as a community and public events organizer and civic activist; she is as a mediator, racial and social justice advocate, and restorative justice practitioner and facilitator. As the chair of the Civil and Legal Rights Committee for the Vermont Commission on Women, she supports and lifts up voices for our most invisible populations by educating communities about relevant issues and the needs of justice-system involved persons.

Ms. Ryan holds a Master of Science in Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies from Champlain College and a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from Temple University. She lives in Rutland with her husband Max and beloved pets — dogs Remi and Sydnee and Angora rabbit Alvin.