Diversity Scholar Speaker Series

The Diversity Scholar Speaker Series brings together members of our law school community to discuss topics varying in subject that promote diversity, equity and inclusion. All events include lunch and students are encouraged to engage in dialogue with invited guests

Below is the Autumn 2019 schedule. The Diversity Scholar Speaker Series events are held at 12:15 PM unless otherwise noted.

Autumn 2019

Event Date

Speaker Category

Series Details

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Gender Diversity 

Sophonisba Breckinridge's Academic & Activity 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).

Law Women's Caucus, School of Social Administration
Thursday, November 6, 2019

Sexual Orientation

Trans Awareness 101: Exploring the Transgender Phenomenon 

Vanessa Sheridan is a frequent speaker, transgender awareness trainer, corporate consultant, and a catalyst for transgender equality on a national basis. She is a US military veteran, an accomplished musician, and a frequent media spokesperson on transgender issues while serving as the Director of Gender Equity and Inclusion for Chicago's Center on Halsted. This event is co-sponsored by OutLaw and Law School Veterans (LSV).

OutLaw, Law School Veterans
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 

Gender Diversity, Military Veterans

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). 

Law School Veterans, Office for Military-Affiliated Communities
Thank you to Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for their generous support of the Diversity Scholars Speaker Series.