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Diversity Week 2013 to Examine Dialogues About Diversity

MARCH 1, 2013—The second annual Diversity Week will be held March 11-15, 2013, at the Law School. The student-conceived event celebrates the diversity of the Law School community and offers presentations and panel discussions to engage faculty, students, and staff in discussions and learning on issues of equity and diversity in the legal system.

This year's theme, Dialogues About Diversity, will cover issues related to workplace discrimination, models of disability, race in jury selection, and gender identity.

Diversity Week is made possible by the financial support of the Law Council and the University's Student Unions & Activities Office and by the contributions of the Law School Diversity Committee.

Monday, March 11

Workplace Discrimination Today: Why The Employment Non-Discrimination Act Matters
12:15 p.m., Lockhart Hall (Room 25)
Panelists will discuss the legislative history of ENDA, where the Act stands now, why we need better employment discrimination protection, and what their organizations are doing to achieve workplace equality.

Featuring: Jill Gaulding of Gender Justice, Phil Duran (’00) of OutFront Minnesota, Barbara Satin of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and moderated by Professor Jessica Clarke

Tuesday, March 12

WLSA Blood Drive
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Auerbach Commons
Memorial Blood Centers Blood Drive welcomes walk-ins, but appointments can be made at mbc.org/searchdrives by entering sponsor code 9762.

Exploring Models of Disability
12:15 p.m., Lindquist and Vennum Conference Room
An interactive session on competing models of "disability" (i.e., medical model, social model, legal/political model), and how those models expand or inhibit full access for persons with disabilities.

Featuring: Susan Aase (’99), Gracie Hyland, and Linda Wolford of the University's Disability Services

Wednesday, March 13

Race in Jury Selection: Ameliorating Racial Bias in Criminal Justice
12:15 p.m., Room 50
An exploration of the prevalence of racial bias in jury selection, the effects that such bias has on the outcome of criminal proceedings, and what lawyers can do to address disparities in jury selection.

Diversity on the Bench: Panel and Networking Reception
5:00 p.m., panel in Lockhart Hall (Room 25)
6:00 p.m., reception in Auerbach Commons

Distinguished state and federal jurists will discuss the intersection of diversity and the legal profession. The panel will be followed by a professional networking reception.

Featuring: Justice Alan Page (’78) and Judges Margaret Chutich, Toddrick Barnette (’92), and Michael Davis (’72)

Thursday, March 14

Gender 101
12:15 p.m., Lockhart Hall (Room 25)
Presenter Debra Davis draws on her personal experiences and expertise in business and education outreach to increase attendee awareness of diverse gender identities. Davis introduces attendees to common issues faced by transgendered individuals, and provides tools for understanding diverse gender identities among classmates, colleagues, and clients.

Featuring: Debra Davis of the Gender Education Center

Friday, March 15

Diversity Week Celebration
12:15 p.m., Auerbach Commons
All are welcome to attend a final celebration to conclude Diversity Week, with henna, salsa dancing, bhangra lessons, and Indian food.