Diversity Programming

Diversity and Inclusion Programs 2022-2023

Dates Programming
September 7 - September 13, 2022 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 16, 2022

Hearing One Another Workshop: Provides an opportunity for students to better appreciate the richness of one another’s identities and start developing conversation habits that can promote more meaningful interactions and a stronger sense of belonging.

September 16, 2022 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.
October 10, 2022

Interdisciplinary Series on Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality - Perspectives Across the City with Stanford Carpenter: This talk uses various forms of ethnographic research, memoir, and storytelling to discuss Identity and the artifactual nature of comic books. This event series draws on the rich intellectual life of the broader city of Chicago to bring law students a sense of how questions of race, ethnicity, and inequality are understood and evaluated using other disciplinary tools. 

October 12, 2022

Bridges: The First-Person Writing Project Info Session: Bridges is a creative writing project in which participants develop first-person essays through guided workshops, peer review, and optional one-on-one coaching. Through Bridges, now in its fourth year, we create a culture of belonging, process our own stories, and gain perspective on experiences different from our own. 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 which they can choose to publish. 

October 17, 2022 Pre-Orientation Study Break: This gave the incoming 1L Pre-Orientation cohort the opportunity to take a break from their studies while enjoying the company of their peers over food and conversation. 
October 18, 2022

Martha C. Nussbaum Student Roundtable with Professors Ginsburg and Henderson: During this Nussbaum Roundtable, Professors Ginsburg and Henderson had an open dialogue as to whether Trump should be prosecuted. The Martha C. Nussbaum Student Roundtables support the University of Chicago’s longstanding commitment to free expression and open discourse.

October 20, 2022

Diversity Scholar Speaker Series with Valerie B. Jarrett: Valerie spoke about democracy, her work with President Obama and the Obama Foundation, and answered our students questions. Valerie is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. She serves on the boards of Ariel Capital Management Holdings, 2U, and Lyft, and she is also a senior advisor to the Obama Foundation and Attn. Thank you to the American Constitution Society & Black Law Students Association for co-sponsoring this event alongside the Dean of Students Office. 

November 1, 2022 Martha C. Nussbaum Student Roundtable with Professors Levmore and Underwood: During this Nussbaum Roundtable, Professors Levmore and Underwood had an open dialogue about homelessness and how to address it. The Martha C. Nussbaum Student Roundtables support the University of Chicago’s longstanding commitment to free expression and open discourse.
November 3, 2022 Diversity Scholar Speaker Series with Arthur Traldi: Arthur spoke about his work within anti-Semitism, and answered our students questions. Arthur's primary areas of work include legal services, domestic and international criminal law, litigation, trial practice and advocacy, transitional justice, rule of law, and human rights. Among his professional commitments, Arthur serves as a co-chair of the American Bar Association's International Criminal Law committee. Thank you to the Jewish Law Student Association for co-sponsoring this event alongside the Dean of Students Office. 
November 10, 2022 FaculTea Conversation with Professors Chilton and Starr: An informal gathering of faculty and students to discuss current events and their impact on the Law School Community. Topics discussed included the midterm election, student loan forgiveness, and Elon Musk owning twitter.  
November 14, 2022

Interdisciplinary Series on Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality – Perspectives from Across the City with Dr. Hardeep Dhillon: This talk touched on the making of modern US citizenship and alienage: Asian immigration, racial capital, and US law. This event series draws on the rich intellectual life of the broader city of Chicago to bring law students a sense of how questions of race, ethnicity, and inequality are understood and evaluated using other disciplinary tools.