Diversity Week 2015

Diversity Week 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015 (All day) to Friday, March 27, 2015 (All day)
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This year marks the Fifth Anniversary of Diversity Week at UConn Law School. First organized in 2011, this campus-wide event showcases the Law School’s commitment to offering a safe and diverse environment. Diversity Week’s activities offer ALL members of the community a chance to celebrate the many differences that make each of us unique. Throughout the week, student organizations host a variety of events that encourage community members to pause and appreciate how each member contributes to the Law School’s campus culture. These conversations and new perspectives are then encouraged to continue outside of the Law School forum. Since 2013, Shipman & Goodwin LLP has been the exclusive sponsor for Diversity Week at UConn Law School.  

The theme for Diversity Week 2015 is “Youth and the Legal Profession.” Approaching the week, the Diversity Committee wanted to reach a population often overlooked when considering issues of diversity and inclusion. Many of the week's events will deal with issues that young people face including; bullying and the law, the relationship with law enforcement, LGBT discrimination and affirmative action. During this year’s program, UConn Law School is excited to welcome students from a number of Hartford Schools to offer an insider view on the opportunities that await them should they decide to pursue a legal education.

Monday, March 23
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
CommUnity Luncheon

The CommUnity Luncheon is an annual gathering of UConn Law student groups to share their organizational updates and connect with first-year students. The student groups will also discuss collaborative efforts with one another in the pursuit of campus diversity and integration. The CommUnity Luncheon is the official kick-off event to Diversity Week 2015. Lunch will be served.

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Power of Our Narratives 2015

Law students, faculty and staff are invited to join the conversation as community members share their personal stories of life, loss and triumph. Members of the UConn Law community interested in sharing their narratives can email the Diversity Committee and sign up! Doors open at 5:00 PM. Dinner and refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, March 24
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The Fifth Anniversary Diversity Week Celebration: A Look Back

A fun and casual atmosphere provides the backdrop for a reflection on the success of Diversity Week at UConn Law in its first five consecutive years. Former Diversity Committee members return to campus to share their experiences. Law students, faculty and staff are invited to join the fun and enjoy ice cream sundaes from Ben and Jerry’s, with ice-breaking activities for all in celebration of this powerful week.

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Equal Education and Discrimination: A Discussion on Affirmative Action

Students attending UConn team up with law professors and legal professionals to discuss recent Supreme Court decisions and the impact of affirmative action, including what it means to them from a personal and legal standpoint. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Preston Green. Dinner and refreshments will be served. 

Speakers will include: 

  • Kim Buchanan, Visiting Professor, UConn School of Law
  • Sachin Pandya, Professor, UConn School of Law
  • Arielle Sharma, 2L Student, UConn School of Law
  • Anthony Shannon, Associate, Shipman & Goodwin
  • Michael Reardon, Undergraduate Student, UConn
  • Janisse Bruno, Undergraduate Student, UConn
Wednesday, March 25
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The CHRO Presents: Bullying and the Law

The Law School welcomes the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO); Michael Roberts, Investigator, CHRO; Michele Dumas Keuler, Human Rights Attorney, CHRO; Kim Jacobsen, Human Rights Attorney, CHRO; Thomas B. Mooney, Partner, Shipman & Goodwin; and youth from local schools for a compelling presentation on the federal and state laws that exist to protect students from bullying and harassment. Lunch will be served.

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The T-Word: Lived Realities and Legal Issues of Transgender Youth

Join us for special screening of Emmy-nominated Laverne Cox’s latest film project, “The T Word.” Originally presented on MTV, the film follows seven transgender young adults as they address topics ranging from integration issues to college applications to school sports. Following the viewing, a panel will discuss the documentary and offer a brief Q and A session. Dinner and refreshments will be served.

Speakers will include: 

  • Seth Wallace, Research Assistant, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
  • Diana Lombardi, Board Member, Conecticut Trans-Advocacy Coalition
  • Peter Murphy, Associate, Shipman & Goodwin
  • Susan Schmeiser, Professor, UConn School of Law
Thursday, March 26
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Justice or Just Us?

Local minority youth and local law enforcement join each other for a serious discussion on their relationship in the wake of recent events across America.  Topics of discussion include stop & frisk, perception of the media, and the school-to-prison pipeline. The discussion will be facilitated by Professor Bethany Berger. Lunch will be served.

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
2015 University of Connecticut School of Law High School Invitational

After weeks of intense preparation being coached by UConn law students, two mock trial teams from Hartford Public High School will present their final arguments in front of a panel of distinguished judges. This remarkable event will marry the theme of this year’s Diversity Week and the underlying mission of UConn Law School: to promote intellectual discipline and the development of analytical skills. Dinner will be served.

Friday, March 27
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
2015 YOU-Conn Law Showcase

Students, faculty, and staff will put their talents on full display as a night filled with music, dance, comedy, and more serves as the grand finale of Diversity Week 2015. Dinner and beverages will be served. Attendance is limited to 160 guests. 


Reading Room

Reading Room
William F. Starr Hall
45 Elizabeth St.
Hartford, CT 06105-2290
If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact the Law School at 860-570-5130 or via email at law.access@uconn.edu at least two weeks in advance.