Diversity Week 2019

Event:
Diversity Week 2019
Date:
Monday, March 25, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, March 31, 2019 (All day)
Description:

This year marks the Ninth 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 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 Law School.

Schedule:
Monday March 25th
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 Diversity Week t-shirt. Food will be served.

RSVP Required by March 25

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Celebrating Our Identities in the Legal Profession: Keynote Address
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Janet M. Blumberg Hall

Justice Joette Katz (retired) will give the keynote address. A partner at Shipman & Goodwin LLP, she served as an Associate Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court from 1992 to 2006, and as the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families from 2011 to 2019. Before being appointed to the judiciary, she was the first woman in Connecticut to serve as Chief of Legal Services for the Office of the Chief Public Defender.

The recipient of many awards, including the National Organization for Women’s Harriet Tubman Award, The Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund’s Maria Stewart Award, the National Council of Jewish Women’s Women of Distinction Award, and the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Women’s Caucus’ Trailblazer Award, Justice Katz will discuss how her identity has shaped her legal career.

Dinner will be served.

RSVP Required by March 25

Tuesday March 26th
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Dreams Turned to Nightmares: the U.S. Immigration System, Youth, and Families
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Reading Room

Last summer, Connecticut Legal Services (“CLS”) and the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (“WIRAC”) at Yale Law School successfully won release and re-unification for two immigrant children, JSR and VFB, who were detained in Connecticut and forcibly separated from their parents after they came to the United States seeking asylum. U.S. District Court Judge Victor Bolden was the first in the country to hold that the government’s conduct inflicted deep trauma and violated the children's due process rights. While this was a victory, thousands of children continue to be separated from their families, and detained today.

Co-hosted by the International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”), this panel will feature immigration attorneys and advocates who help youth and families navigate the immigration system. They will discuss the trends in litigation, advocacy, and policy regarding family separation, unaccompanied minors, child detention, and undocumented youth. Lunch will be served.

Speakers will include:

  • [Moderator] Jon Bauer, Clinical Professor of Law in the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, and Richard D. Tulisano '69 Scholar in Human Rights.
  • Valeria Gomez, William R. Davis Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic
  • Joanne Lewis, Managing Attorney, Connecticut Legal Services
  • Tess Reagan, Immigration Attorney, Greater Hartford Legal 
  • Lucas Codognolla, Executive Director, CT Students for a Dream

Registration for this event has closed, however the Diversity Committee is accepting waitlist registrations in the event seats open up for this event.

Waitlist Registration closes March 25th

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Diversity in the Judiciary: a Panel Discussion with Judges
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Reading Room

This is an event that consists of two parts: the first being a banquet-style dinner in which students, faculty, alumni and panelists can converse and exchange ideas over a three-course meal provided by UCONN Catering. The second portion of the event is a panel moderated by Professor Mathilde Cohen, featuring three panelists: Justice Maria Kahn, Judge Hunchu Kwak, and Justice Raheem Mullins.  The panel discussion will touch upon themes of the origins of the concept of diversity, historical controversies surrounding it, and the challenges of applying diversity onto the judicial field.  There will be Q&A from the audience towards the end of the panel discussion.  This event is co-sponsored by APALSA.  Dinner will be served.

Speakers will include:

  • [Moderator] Mathilde Cohen, Professor of Law.
  • Justice Maria Kahn, Associate Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.
  • Judge Hunchu Kwak, Judge of the Hartford District Superior Court.
  • Justice Raheem Mullins, Associate Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.

This event has limited capacity of 60 people and RSVPs are given on a first come-first served basis.  Business-casual attire is recommended.

Registration and waitlist registration for this event has closed.

Wednesday March 27th
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Break the Ice: Ice Cream Social
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Janet M. Blumberg Hall

A fun and casual atmosphere provides the backdrop for this event, as students are invited to join faculty and staff to reflect on the importance of diversity.  Thai rolled ice cream from Icy Roll West Hartford will be served.

RSVP Required by March 26
 

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
There's No Place Like Home: Addressing Homelessness in CT
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Reading Room

This panel will address housing, zoning, mental health, and policy issues surrounding homelessness right here in Connecticut. Our panelists are actively working to address and educate the public on these implications in order to help our community eventually end homelessness. This event also showcases an interactive aspect that will allow us to sit down and meet members of our local community who were formerly homeless or may still be, in order to gain a first hand perspective from their personal stories.  Dinner will be served.

Speakers will include:

  • [Moderator] Professor Bethany Berger, Wallace Stevens Professor of Law.
  • Ann Faust, The Coalition on Housing + Homelessness.
  • Lydia Brewster, Assistant Director for Community Services, St. Vincent de Paul Middletown.
  • Kiley Gosselin, Executive Director, Partnership for Strong Communities.
  • A Representative from The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessnes

RSVP required by March 27

Thursday March 28th
8:30 am - 10:30 am
GIV it Some Thought: Caffeinated Conversations
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Janet M. Blumberg Hall

Co-hosted by Lambda Law Society, law students, faculty, and staff are invited to start the day with coffee and pastries from Giv Coffee. GIV is a coffee roastery that ensures farmers are receiving a fair wage and gives the proceeds of each bag to those in need. Join us for a cup of delicious coffee as we discuss current topics in the LGBTQ+ community.

RSVP Required by March 27

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Looking in the Mirror: Combating Implicit Bias
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Janet M. Blumberg Hall

Join Dean Demeola and Professor Morgan for an interactive training as they teach us how the implicit biases we all harbour can affect our professional relationships, our legal careers, and our work with the communities we serve. Through this training, participants will gain a better understanding of how and why unconscious bias exists, be able to identify some of their own unconscious biases, and learn how to have an increased awareness of these biases when making decisions.  Lunch will be served.

Speakers will include:

  • Dean Karen Demeola, Assistant Dean for Finance, Administration, and Enrollment.
  • Professor Jamelia Morgan, Associate Professor of Law and Robert D. Glass Scholar.

Registration for this event has closed. Sign up for the waitlist by March 28th.

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

Co-hosted by the Mental Health Committee, 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 kileigh.nassau@uconn.edu to sign up! This event is open to the Law School community only.  Snacks and refreshments will be served.

RSVP Required by March 27

Friday March 29th
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
YOU-Conn Law Showcase & Trivia
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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. Throughout the night, students can play trivia based on knowledge learned from events earlier in the week, and win prizes.  Hors-d'oeuvres will be served.

RSVP Required by March 28

Sunday March 31st
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Day of CommUnity Service
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Off Campus

Celebrate the end of Diversity Week by investing in our local community. Through our Day of Service, participants will have the opportunity to serve communities in Hartford at various local nonprofits. This event will provide an opportunity for all of us to learn more about the challenges, injustices, and inequalities that many Hartford residents face due to various barriers, and will allow us to see and experience the impact of our service in real time.

Meet at Blumberg Hall at 8:30 a.m. for a light breakfast. After a send-off from Diversity Committee at 9:30 a.m., volunteers will head to their service sites to arrive by 10:00 a.m. Volunteers will engage in service until about 2:00 p.m. and then everyone is welcome to join us at Hog River Brewing to conclude the day and de-brief.

The projects volunteers will be serving with are:

HARC: Volunteers will spend the morning and early afternoon doing spring crafts projects with HARC residents–adults with intellectual disabilities.

Night Angels, a project out of Center Church: Volunteers will gather to make toiletry care kits, sort through donated clothing, make lunch bags, and give the kitchen a deep clean. Volunteers will then head to the South Green of Hartford–a location frequented by Hartford residents experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity–to distribute the clothes, toiletry kits, and lunch bags.

Knox Community Clean-Up: Volunteers will head to Elizabeth park to clean-up a place we all love to spend time by participating in litter and debris removal, graffiti removal, painting, planting flowers and greenery, and more! Volunteers will be focusing on part of the park where the playgrounds is so children in the neighborhood have a safe, clean, and fun environment to spend time in. This cleanup is part of the larger citywide cleanup that KNOX and the City of Hartford plan, as part fo the Great American Cleanup organized annually by Keep America Beautiful.

Once you RSVP for this event, you will receive more information about how to sign up for the service activity you would like to participate in.

RSVP Required by March 29

Location:
Contact:
Zeynep Aydogan
Outreach Coordinator, Diversity Committee
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.