Marsha Ross-Jackson, Assistant Dean for Student Professional Development, Executive Director of the Institute for Law and the Workplace, and Senior Lecturer introduced the event. She said discussing unconscious bias is an important way to follow up on pushing for more representation and awareness of diversity issues.
If we have more people from underrepresented groups in any field but haven’t addressed what may not make it an inclusive, welcoming environment, we haven’t solved any problems, she said.
Bias training also helps with recognizing issues outside your own field or workplace: in how clients are treated, the issues they face and where other people may be basing assumptions that affect your work.
Margot Klein, Senior Attorney, Valorem Law Group (moderator)
Michelle Silverthorn, Diversity & Education Director
This program on etiquette for networking events was co-sponsored by the BLSA and offered as a part of Chicago-Kent’s annual Diversity Week programming. Our panelists included adjunct professor Jenifer Robbins, Kevin Watlaski and students Rodalton J. Poole and Odell Mitchell III.
Find photos and excerpts from the tips shared by our panelists below.