Diversity Programming

Diversity and Inclusion Programs 2019-2020

September 9-13, 2019 Pre-Orientation Program: Five day initiative designed to strengthen the academic, professional, and interpersonal skills of incoming 1L students. Program curricula and competencies are delivered in modules and are completed by professional development and social activities.
September, 19, 2019 Inclusive Leadership Workshop: Students participated in a session facilitated by Michelle Silverthorn, Founder and CEO of Inclusion Nation on the topics of lawyers as leaders, why diversity matters, and diversity & implicit bias in the academic and legal profession.
September 20, 2019 Hearing One Another: Students participated in the Hearing One Another workshop, a set of activities that introduced students to the skilled practice of communicating across differences and understanding one another. These workshops were facilitated by the Dean of Students leadership team and Law School faculty.     
September 21, 2019 Engage Chicago Day of Service: Students visited and provided service to 12 community organizations. Prior to the day of service, students were welcomed by the Office of Civic Engagement and received an overview of community service by Executive Director, Shaz Rasul. 
October 8, 2019 Bridges: The First-Person Writing Project Information Session: Student-led initiative intended to give selected students an opportunity to reflect on their unique 1L experiences with depth and nuance—and share those insights with the wider community and prospective students. Supported by the Office of the Dean of Students and the Communications Office, students will take part in an intimate roundtable series with like-minded peers where they will share their stories, develop a creative writing skillset, and produce narratives for the Law School website.
October 14, 2019 Diversity Leadership Network Kickoff: Cross-organizational advocacy group composed of executive board leaders from 9 affinity student organizations at the Law School. This group convenes monthly with the Director of Diversity and Inclusion to discuss a wide range of topics including student climate, faculty engagement, community engagement and workshops/events. 
October 17, 2019 Lunch Talk - Sophonisba Breckinridge’s Academic & Activist Legacy: Professor Anya Jabour shares her research on the Law School’s first women graduate who spearheaded campaigns for women’s suffrage, civil rights, and labor reform before establishing and shaping the School of Social Administration (SSA). This event is co-sponsored by Law Women’s Caucus (LWC).
October 17, 2019 First Generation Professionals Mixer: Pre-Wine Mess mixer with first generation faculty, staff and students. This event is co-sponsored by First Generation Professionals (FGP).
October 24, 2019 UChicago Law Library Cafe' D'Angelo Guest Barista: Meet and Greet event in collaboration with the UChicago Law Library where students received cold brew coffee and got to discuss diversity and inclusion current events with the director.
November 6, 2019 Trans Awareness 101 Lunch Talk: Guest speaker Vanessa Sheridan is a US military veteran, an accomplished musician, and a catalyst for transgender equality on a national basis. She is a frequent media spokesperson on transgender issues while serving as the Director of Gender Equity and Inclusion for Chicago's Center on Halsted.
November 12, 2019 Breakfast with ABA President, Judy Perry Martinez: Judy Perry Martinez of Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn in New Orleans is president of the American Bar Association, the largest voluntary association of attorneys and legal professionals in the world. During this event, Judy addressed members of the Law Women's Caucus. This breakfast was co-sponsored by Law Women's Caucus.
November 20, 2019 Women in Boots Panel Discussion: Women veterans speak about their military experiences and post-service careers. This event is co-sponsored by Law School Veterans (LSV). 
January 2020 Diversity Month: Celebrate the vibrancy of the Law School during a month of student events and programs.