Events & Programs
E&I collaborates across the Law School and University on a wide-range of events. In the Summer of 2020, E&I launched the Achieving Racial Justice Series, in collaboration with the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice and the Toll Public Interest Center. The series will continue throughout the year, in partnership with colleagues across the Law School, focusing on bringing together leading scholars, practitioners, and activists to engage in solution-oriented analysis of long-standing systemic inequity.
In addition, numerous members of our community – from students to staff and faculty are continuously adding to the rich tapestry of events focused on every measure of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Many are highlighted here.
E&I is eager to collaborate with campus and community partners - offering planning and, in some cases, financial support to help advance equity and inclusion through community education. We invite all who are developing events or programs that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion to share details with us here so that we can include them on this listing.
April 15th, 2021
Thursday, April 15, 202112:00 PM - 1:00 PM Voting Access and Preparation for Youth in Foster Care: Strategies for Supporting Civic Engagement
Every year, approximately 20,000 young adults age out of foster care – of age to vote and with critical interests to protect. Thousands more are in extended foster care past age 18. These young people may not be made aware of their right to vote or face additional barriers due to their placements. Civic engagement has an important impact on young adults, especially youth with experience in foster care, who face increased challenges with health care, housing, education, and employment. Federal laws require child welfare agencies to request certain vital documents and requires that young men register with Selective Service before a young adult exits foster care. However, there are few, if any, regulations in place to ensure that foster youth know about their right to vote, and that those who are interested in registering to vote are supported in doing so. Advocates can inform young people about their rights and help them develop the skills they need to transition to adulthood and defend those rights. With the upcoming Pennsylvania primary election on May 18th, it is essential that older youth in foster care and those who support them know how to make sure they have any required documents and a plan to make their voices heard.
This virtual symposium will bring together young adults with experience in foster care, advocates, and child welfare practitioners to offer perspectives, interventions, and strategies for improving access to voting for youth in foster care.
Lexie Grüber, Child Welfare Advocate & DNC Presidential Fellow
April 14th, 2021
Wednesday, April 14, 20216:00 PM LALSA - April GBM!
April 3rd, 2021
Saturday, April 3, 2021All Day 25th Annual LALSA ConferenceAt this year’s virtual conference, LALSA will host a series of conversations on the impact of COVID-19 across the Latinx community.