Mar 04 Fri

Fly Further, Fly Together: Advancing Equity by Positioning Law School Dei Professionals for Success

12:00PM - 04:30PM Online via Zoom
12:00 PM ET


Roger A. Fairfax, Jr.
Dean and Professor of Law
American University Washington College of Law

Lisa Sonia Taylor
Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Affinity Relations
American University Washington College of Law

12:30 PM - 1:20 PM ET

Panel 1: Let’s Talk About the Survey Report

In early 2021, a survey of law school diversity professionals was conducted to learn more about their positions, and more importantly, their perspective on their work and professional lives. DEI professionals reported being passionate and also reported a critical need to experience intentional institution-wide approaches to achieving strategic DEI outcomes and greater resources and support for their work.  Panelists will offer their insight on the survey findings 


Belinda J. Dantley
Assistant Dean for Diversity Equity and Inclusion
Saint Louis University School of Law

William P. Johnson
Dean and Professor
Saint Louis University School of Law

Laura N. Shepherd
Associate Dean for Academic and Student Services, and Chief Equity Officer
William & Mary Law School

A. Benjamin Spencer
Dean and Trustee Professor
William & Mary Law School

Jay L. Austin
Executive Director
RISE Alliance
Schools & Institutions
Law School Admission Council

1:30-2:20 PM ET

Panel:2 Challenges and Opportunities
On The Ground: Funding, Staffing, Institutional Investment

Discussion of the common challenges/distractions of DEI work in law school; What DEI professionals need to succeed; Best practices and models for law school DEI programs


Patricia K. Kinney
Assistant Dean of Diversity & Inclusion
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Nickey Woods, Ed.D. 
USC Gould School of Law
Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Carmia N. Caesar 
Associate Dean for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The George Washington University Law School

Belinda J. Dantley
Assistant Dean for Diversity Equity and Inclusion
Saint Louis University School of Law

2:30 PM - 3:20 PM ET 

Panel 3: Beyond Celebrating Diversity

A look at strategic planning in relation to the work of diversity professionals and exploring how articulating institutional DEI outcomes can assist or challenge the work of DEI professionals. Panelists will discuss how the strategic planning process, institutional support, measuring and assessing progress, strategic communication, and other features of institutional transformation has influenced their work.  


Kamille Dean
Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Office of Student Affairs
Fordham University School of Law

Fernando Guzman II
Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence
The University of Colorado Law School

Chalak Richards
Associate Dean, Student Life, Diversity, and Belonging
Executive Director, Parris Institute for Professional Excellence
Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law

3:30 PM - 4:20 PM ET

Preview of the Fifteenth Annual Meeting of Law School Diversity Professionals 

4:20 PM ET


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