The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion has partnered with faculty, staff, and student organizations to provide programming that advances our mission of building equity for all. Below please find some recent examples of EDI-sponsored programming.
“Race, Racism and American Law: Re-visioning for the 21st Century” - Workshop on the Seventh Edition of Derrick Bell’s Race, Racism and American Law
Description: Professor Cheryl Harris (Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Professor in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, UCLA School of Law) developed a proposal for a dual-event: 1) September 22, 2016, A panel discussion and reception at UCLA Law School with Professors Erika Wilson (University of North Carolina School of Law), Atiba Ellis (West Virginia University College of Law), Audrey McFarlane (University of Baltimore School of Law), Ian Haney-Lopez (UC Berkeley School of Law), and Professor Cheryl Harris (Moderator); and 2) September 23-24, 2016, A workshop with eight (8) sessions, each organized around different chapters of the book dealing with a particular area of substantive law (e.g., race and voting rights, employment discrimination, etc.)
- 70 UCLA students, faculty, and staff for the panel discussion
- 22 scholars for the workshops.
Feedback from the Event:
- “The [panel discussion and reception] event prompted lively audience questions and discussion.”
- “[The] discussions were actually incredibly generative and thought-provoking commentary on a range of topics that were of tremendous interest to all involved.”
- “Indeed, several participants expressed the desire that we could convene again in a similar format as the quality of the intellectual engagement was exceptional.”
- “The event was consistent with the Critical Race Studies mission of intervening in and framing law and policy debates around racial inequality, and was marked as part of UCLA’s ongoing commitment to supporting this kind of work, utilizing the scholarly resources of the academy in the broader public interest.”
Description: Professor William Worger (Professor, Department of History, UCLA) developed a program with Dr. Neo Lekgotla laga Ramoupi and Ms. Khabo Ramoupi as visiting speakers. Dr. Ramoupi gave a public talk, “Transformation in Universities in Post-1994 South Africa,” hosted by UCLA’s African Studies Center.
Participation: 20 people attended the talk, and 6 students attended a related discussion at the Faculty Center.
Feedback from the Event:
- “[This] demonstrates the ways in which such visitors are the product of many longstanding UCLA relationships and bring together such a wide range of fields/experiences/issues, and how [The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion] plays a crucial role in making these dialogues possible.”
- “There will be intellectual followup with additional visitors from South Africa coming to UCLA to talk about issues of race, diversity and inclusion in South Africa and in this country. The next visitor scheduled is Professor Xolela Mangcu, Professor of Sociology at the University of Cape Town, currently a visiting fellow at the Du Bois Center at Harvard, and the author of biographies of Steve Biko and (in progress) Nelson Mandela.”