Diversity Week, February 2014

Seattle University School of Law invites you to participate in a full schedule of events for Diversity Week 2014.  Diversity Week begins on Monday, February 24, 2014.

Diversity Week is an annual student-organized week of events focused on celebrating and understanding diversity.  Student organizations sponsor a variety of events including film screenings and panel presentations throughout the week, each one focusing some aspect of diversity.  This year's theme is "is "Justice Beyond Borders," which will focus on how diverse communities face barriers to accessing justice, higher education, affordable housing, employment, and safe working conditions.

Monday, February 24

Social Justice Monday - Barriers Entering the Legal Profession
12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
Room C5

Join BELA, BLSA, and LLSA for a discussion with panelists Autumn Johnson, Attorney at SoundLaw; Craig Sims, Chief of the Criminal Division for the Seattle City Attorney's Office; Malou Chavez, Attorney at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project; and Nick Allen, Attorney at Columbia Legal Services, about the social and institutional barriers affecting diverse and underserved communities.  Lunch provided. 

Toxic Choices: Workplace Safety for Marginalized Communities
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Room C1

Certain communities, especially low-income women of color, are disproportionately impacted by the lack of access to a safe working environment.  This can impact the workers' access to adequate healthcare and safe options for reproductive health.  Join ELS, HLS, and LSRJ for a discussion featuring Sara Alcid of Reproductive Health Technologies Project, who will discuss different avenues of advocacy being pursued in order to better protect marginalized workers.  Snacks provided.

Tuesday, February 25

International Labor Exploitation: Working Conditions and Human Trafficking in the Global Garment and Trade Industry
12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
Room C5

Join WLC and IPLS for a facilitated discussion with former Congresswoman and human rights activist Velma Veloria, and Professor for the Pursuit of Justice Margaret Chon, about working conditions and human trafficking in the global garment and trade industry, where women and children are forced to labor in deplorable conditions for very little or no pay.  During this Brown Bag lunch, the panelists will address how we can improve our labor and business practices as lawyers and policymakers, and how we can make better purchasing decisions as informed buyers.  Food provided.

Wednesday, February 26

Obstacles to Accessing Justice: A Conversation with the Director General of Seattle's Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO)
12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
Room C5

Please join APILSA for a conversation with the Director General of TECO, Mr. Andy Chin, about some of the cultural barriers faced by Asian immigrants that can impact their access to legal resources in the United States.  Snacks provided.  

Film Showing of "Inequality for All"
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Room C5

Join LELA for a screening of "Inequality for All," a documentary featuring Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and University of California Berkeley Professor, who shares his knowledge and perspective about the growing divide between America's rich and poor.  Reich argues that this divide will eventually wipe out the middle class and lead to economic catastrophe.  The film contains footage from Reich's student lectures and various interviews, and also discusses the role that stagnating wages and growing personal debt plays in weakening America's economy.  So, please come to watch this riveting film, which will be followed by a brief student-facilitated discussion.  Snacks provided.  

Serving Immigrant Communities: Policies & Challenges 
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Room 110 

Join the ACLU and CLS for a panel discussion about the tension between governmental policies, social services (such as law enforcement and public benefits), and immigrant communities in the United States, including the impact such policies have on community development and job security.  The panel will feature Kripa Upadhyay, Immigration-specialist attorney with Orbitlaw PLLC; Glenda Aldana Madrid, Legal Fellow with Northwest Immigrant Rights Project; and Jay W. Stansell, Assistant Federal Public Defender.  Snacks provided.  

Thursday, February 27

Who Grows Your Food: Diversity and Seattle Farmers
12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
Room 109

Join the Food Integrity Coalition and SU's NLG for a roundtable discussion about the barriers impacting diversity among Seattle's farmers.  Immigrant farmers face increasing challenges in accessing farmland and markets in the greater Seattle area.  Experts Matthew McDermott, Seattle Tilth Farm Works Manager; Ethan Schaffer, Executive Director of Viva Farms; and Bee Cha, Hmong Immigrant Program Coordinator at WSU Small Farm Programs, will discuss these issues, existing programs aimed at tackling these issues, and broader challenges with our food system.  Zpizza provided.

Celebration of Diversity Reception
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
2nd Floor Gallery

Join our law school community for a reception to celebrate diversity and engage in a discussion about diverse communities overcoming barriers to justice, featuring our keynote speaker Jorge Barón, Executive Director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.  This event is also a wonderful networking opportunity to meet attorneys, judges and other leaders from the Seattle legal community.  This event is free and open to the public.  Please RSVP by Monday, February 24.

Diversity Week is organized by the SBA Diversity Representative Leandra Ebreo.  Special thanks to the following for their support: Student Bar Association, Office of Student Affairs, Access to Justice Institute, Office of Alumni Relations, ACLU, APILSA, BELA, BLSA, CLS, ELS, FIC, HLS, ILS, LLSA, NLG, LSRJ, and WLC.