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Anti-Bias Programs

E&I facilitates education and training programs to ensure that we can all contribute to fostering an inclusive community. Programs range from substantive education on issues of equity and bias, to hands-on workshops that hone professional skills. Below are details about Programs for Students, and Programs for Students, Staff, and Faculty.

PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS

ABA-Mandated Training Program for 1st Year Law Students

Inspired by the American Bar Association’s requirement that law schools educate students on bias, cross-cultural competency, and racism, this four-part series features reflection on individual identity, analysis of how bias and discrimination are discussed in law school classes, alumni panel discussions on identity and bias in the legal profession, and small group workshops on addressing bias in the profession and in legal advocacy.

 

PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS, STAFF, AND FACULTY

Bridging Divides: Expanding Cross-Cultural Awareness

In this new immersive training series open to students, staff, and faculty, E&I will host events each year focused on examining a different aspect of identity and culture. The goal is to foster an appreciation for the complexity of cultural differences that shape our lives and work. These programs will promote self-awareness, equip individuals with tools to challenge preconceptions and misconceptions, and offer opportunities to learn and practice culturally sensitive communication skills. Because these skills are particularly important for effective client-centered lawyering, students who participate in these programs can earn pro bono training hours.

Spring 2024: Examining Religious Bias Through the Lenses of Antisemitism and Islamophobia

Religious identity spans many aspects of life and culture, and is deeply rooted in history. The complexity and nuance of religious belief, practice, and identity are sometimes replaced by stereotypes and binaries, particularly in times of conflict. This series aims to examine and resist this reductive tendency by expanding cultural awareness and promoting skills that are key to working effectively across difference. Given the current rise in antisemitism and Islamophobia, the first two events in this series will examine each one in depth. The presentations will explore the complexity of these categories and the interconnectedness of religious and other forms of identity-based bias. They will also identify common themes that arise across religious bias in order to deepen our understanding of each other’s experiences and perspectives. The series will culminate in a workshop that more deeply examines the interconnected elements of religious bias.

Students, Staff, and Faculty can RSVP for these programs here

Please Note: All students, staff, and faculty can attend Parts I and II; Part III is only open to those who have participated in Parts I and II; students must participate in at least Parts I and II to receive pro bono credit.