Diversity Week 2018

Event:
Diversity Week 2018
Date:
Monday, March 26, 2018 (All day) to Friday, March 30, 2018 (All day)
Description:

This year marks the Eighth Anniversary of Diversity Week at UConn School of Law! 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 take 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 School of Law.

Schedule:
Monday March 26th
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
CommUnity Luncheon
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Reading Room

Law students, faculty and staff are invited to join the CommUnity Luncheon. This event will offer a festive introduction to Diversity Week, but will also provide space for themed conversations hosted by the different student affinity groups. Guests can fill out a “passport” for a free t-shirt. Food will be served.

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
“Who Can Change the System?”: Prosecutors & Defenders
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Reading Room

Panelists will discuss the idea of bipartisan criminal justice reform, the racial and socioeconomic disparities and implicit biases in the criminal justice system, and break down any misconceptions about their careers. Dinner will be served.

Speakers will include:
Professor Douglas M. Spencer, Professor, UConn School of Law
Daniel Fernandes Lage ‘15, Associate, Ruane Attorneys
Aida Fitzgerald, Staff Attorney, Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS)
Leonard C. Boyle, Deputy Chief State’s Attorney, Office of the Chief State’s Attorney
Matthew Kalthoff '14, Assistant State's Attorney of GA22 in Milford

Tuesday, March 27th
8:30 am - 10:30 am
Coffee Break
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Janet M. Blumberg Hall

Law students, faculty and staff are invited to start the day with coffee and pastries from Giv Coffee.

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
"One Feisty Latina on Claiming Our Power for Good"
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Janet M. Blumberg Hall

The Diversity Committee welcomes Dean Lourdes Alvarez from the University of New Haven. Drawing on recent work in motivational psychology, behavioral economics and decades of experience, Dean Alvarez will share inspiring stories, cautionary tales and practical advice on claiming your power for good. Lunch will be served.

Introductory Remarks by Alfredo G. Fernandez, Associate, Shipman & Goodwin LLP

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
“Housing Divided”: Residential Segregation in Connecticut
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Reading Room

The panel will examine a knot of issues that affect Connecticut communities, such as housing, zoning, jobs and education, and will discuss means of transforming Connecticut's struggling communities into vital regional centers. Dinner will be served.

Speakers will include:
Michelle Dumas Keuler, Attorney, Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
Erin Boggs, Esq., Executive Director, Open Communities Alliance
Joseph P. Williams, Partner, Shipman & Goodwin LLP
Pamela Heller ‘08, Attorney, Connecticut Fair Housing Center

Wednesday, March 28th
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
“Trial by Faith”: The Impact of Abrahamic Religions on Legal Practice
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Reading Room

A panel of attorneys from different religious backgrounds will discuss the impact of religion on their everyday practice of the legal profession and comparative approaches to bridge gaps
between Abrahamic faiths. Lunch will be served.

Speakers will include:
Imam Refai Arefin, Attorney, Law Office of Refai Arefin LLC
Michael Kohn, Rabbi, Temple B'nai Abraham 
Roy Collins, Associate General Counsel, University of Hartford

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Power of Our Narratives
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Janet M. Blumberg Hall

Law students, faculty and staff are invited to join the conversation as community members share their personal stories of life, loss and triumph.
Snacks & refreshments will be served. This event is open to the Law School community only.
Members of the UConn Law community interested in sharing their narratives can email elizabeth.panico@uconn.edu to sign up!

Thursday, March 29th
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
“Voices of Our Past”: Alumni Ice Cream Social
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Janet M. Blumberg Hall

A fun and casual atmosphere provides the backdrop for this event, as former Diversity Committee members return to campus to share their experiences and reflect on the importance of Diversity Week at UConn Law throughout the years.

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
“Meet Thy Neighbor”: Diversity of Refugees in Connecticut
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Reading Room

This panel is an opportunity to sit down and meet refugees from around the globe who have been resettled in Connecticut.

Speakers will include:

Usra Qureshi, Founder, CT Anchor
Chris George, Executive Director, Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS)
Alicia Kinsman, Director & Managing Attorney, Immigration Legal Services, Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI-CT)
Joseph Kazadi, Refugee Ambassador, IRIS

Moderator: Jon Bauer, Professor, UConn School of Law

Friday, March 30th
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
YOU-Conn Law Showcase & Art Exhibit
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Reading Room

Law students, faculty and staff are invited to the grand finale of Diversity Week. The Showcase will feature live performances from students, staff and faculty and will include music, dance, spoken word, and more.

Location:

Reading Room

Reading Room
William F. Starr Hall
45 Elizabeth St.
Hartford, CT 06105-2290
Contact:
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.