Diversity News Roundup November 2012

Fall is officially upon us and the semester is coming to an end. However, as things start to wind down in the classroom don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear some insightful thoughts on social justice issues around campus and in Boston. There have been many panels on issues of diversity on campus lately. Outlaw organized a panel on transgender prisoners’ rights that featured the attorneys from the Michelle Kosilek case. The Annual Distinguished Lecture featured Professor William N. Eskridge, Jr., who spoke about the history and case law surrounding marriage equality in the U.S. I, along with members of LALSA, also attended the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at Suffolk Law School where we watched the documentary Precious Knowledge about the ban on ethnic studies classes in Tucson, AZ. The panel following the movie included Sean Arce, the founder and director of the Mexican American Studies program in the Tucson Unified School District. I know that as finals approach you may have less time to attend events, but if you need a break below are some events for you to consider.



  • Does your favorite TV show make the grade for racial diversity in its cast? This infographic breaks it down.
  • This week UPS announced it will no longer provide funding to the Boy Scouts of America because of their anti-gay policies.
  • On October 13th, the Boston Feminists for Liberation held a march against rape culture and gender inequality. Learn more about the event and organization here.
  • Crowds of students at Ole Miss and Hampden-Sydney shouted racial slurs after President Obama was reelected this month. This article recounts both incidents and how the schools are responding.
  • Last month Harvard became “the first university in the country to appoint a professor to an endowed faculty position for LGBTQ studies.” Read about this exciting position and what other area schools are doing.

Diversity Scholarship, Fellowship, and Internship Opportunities

For anyone looking to volunteer, the NAACP’s Boston office is looking for students to cover office hours and take complaints. For more information contact Brandon Greene at brandon.greene@live.com. For those of you looking to gather closer to home, there are a few upcoming student events to keep in mind. Outlaw and the Family Law Association will be presenting 8: The Play on November 28th at 6:30 pm. On December 3rd, the Honorable Cruz Reynoso, who was the first Latino to sit on the California Supreme Court, will deliver the Shapiro Lecture. And finally, I hope to see everyone at NALSA’s First Annual All-American Thanksgiving on November 19th!!



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