Contact Information

Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Multicultural Affairs and Professional Development

Marsha Ross-Jackson, Esq., Senior Lecturer and Assistant Dean
565 W. Adams St., Room 807
Chicago, IL 60661
P: (312) 906-5346
F: (312) 906-5280

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Diversity Week 2016 Events

Monday, February 29

8:30 – 10:00 am
Front Lobby

Diversity Week Kick-off Breakfast, hosted by the Chicago-Kent Staff Committee

4:00 – 5:30 pm
10th Floor Morris Hall

BLSA  — Out of Office Etiquette panel discussion

Come join BLSA for a fun, interactive way to learn how to conduct yourself outside of the office. This BLSA event will provide students with tips on being professional at social events outside the office, such as lunches with attorneys and/or clients, happy hours or other networking events. All are welcome!

Tuesday, March 1

11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Front Lobby

WIL — Self-Defense Workshop

12:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Front Lobby

MLSA/SALSA Henna Tattos, Indian Food & Music

Come learn about a unique facet of Arab, South Asian, and Islamic culture by joining the Muslim Law Students Association (MLSA) for henna tattooing in the front lobby!

5:00 pm –7:00 pm
10th Floor Morris Hall

SBA Diversity Committe and the CSO — "Diversity in the Legal Profession" 
(Followed by reception)

The SBA Diversity Committee and the Career Services Office will host a panel discussion as part of Chicago-Kent's Diversity Week. Panelists, including diverse alumni and a law firm diversity professional, will discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Featured Speakers:

Michelle Silverthorn, Diversity and Education Director at the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

Jami de Lou, Associate Director of Talent Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Jenner and Block

Temi Oduala '12, Associate, HeplerBroom

Judge Barbara Flores '05, Arbitrator, Illinois Worker's Compensation Commission

Colleen Bisher-Fry '10, Assistant Public Defender, Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender

Wednesday, March 2

Noon – 1:00 pm
Front Lobby

Diversity Food Fair

3:00 – 4:30 pm
Room 580

C-K Lambdas and the CSO "Diversity Job Fairs: The 411"

Please join the Career Services Office and the Chicago-Kent Lambdas for "Diversity Job Fairs: The 411." Learn about the many diversity job fairs available to Chicago-Kent students and hear from Chicago-Kent alumni and hiring committee representative, Stephanie Seay Kelly '01, partner at Ice Miller, about application, resume and interview tips and student panelists who have attended diversity job fairs.

5:30 – 7:30 pm

WIL Women in Sports Law panel discussion
(Followed by reception in first-floor lobby)

The Sports Economy School, in partnership with the Society of Women in Law, will host an inaugural panel on "Women, Power and Leadership." The panel is an intimate social gathering, and will feature empowering conversations with executives breaking ground in society and culture across the growing dimensions and diverse layers of sports, including media, science, technology, management and athletics.

Thursday, March 3

Noon – 2:00 pm
Room C40

APALSA Jiro Dreams of Sushi screening

Come join APALSA for a screening of Jiro Dreams of Sushi and lunch.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world's greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious three-star Michelin Guide rating, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimages, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro's sushi bar.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family and the art of perfection, chronicling Jiro's life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world and as a loving yet complicated father.

6:00 – 9:00 pm
10th Floor Morris Hall

HLLSA Judges' Night honoring Judge R. Fernandez '96 

(Dress code: business casual)
Join the Hispanic Latino Law Student Association for the 2016 Judges' Night. Mingle with Chicago-Kent alumni and students as well as Hispanic and Latino attorneys from throughout Chicago at a reception honoring the Honorable Rossana P. Fernandez '96 for her contributions to the Latino community and the advancement of Latinos in the legal profession.

The evening begins 6 p.m.with networking at over drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres, followed by a ceremony for Judge Fernandez at 7:15 p.m.

(Dress Code: Business Casual)

If you plan to attend, you must RSVP online.

Friday, March 4

2:00 – 4:00 pm
5th Floor Student Lounge

Chicago-Kent Staff Health & Wellness Committee and Sportfeasors — Mental Health & Wellness Workshop and Yoga Class

As part of Diversity Week, the C-K Health and Wellness Committee along with the Sportfeasors would like to present a mental health wellness day.

They will offer an "Avoiding Self-Sabotage" workshop and a yoga class. This event is open to students, staff and faculty

Isadora Baum, a health coach at Live for You, will present on creating healthy habits through diet, exercise, self-confidence and stress reduction, and avoiding a "self-sabotage" effect that can come from extremist attitudes towards achieving goals and feelings of impotence amidst a hectic, busy lifestyle.

This workshop will be followed by a yoga class taught by our very own Jin To!

Saturday, March 5

9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Discover Law High School Mock Trial Program hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Multicultural Affairs and Professional Development and by the Admissions Office

Chicago-Kent in partnership with the Law School Admission Council's (LSAC) Outreach Initiative is hosting the "So You Think You Want to Be a Lawyer" project in spring 2016 for interested high school students. This two-part series is open to new and returning participants and will be held on Saturday, February 27, and Saturday, March 5. Participants will discuss strategies they can use to prepare for law school while in high school and college and more. All of the programs will be interactive, allowing participants to engage in hands-on activities and meet current law students and attorneys. See the attached flyer for ways to participate and how to RSVP.

>> Download flier here