ยป Diversity and Social Justice Forum Spring 2021 Symposium

'This is America: A Reflection on a Year of Awakening'

February 17-19, 2021
Noon - 1 p.m. PT
Hosted virtually via Zoom

This year's virtual symposium looks back at 2020 to discuss the movements, injustices, and racial inequities that occurred, with a focus on the U.S detention centers and the hundreds of families separated, the problem of police brutality, and how we can collectively respond to racism.

February 17: Disparate Treatment in U.S. Detention Centers

This panel is designed to engage in meaningful dialogue regarding the injustices faced disproportionately by migrants in U.S. detention centers, especially at the U.S. border, and addressing the underlying inequities embedded in U.S. laws and agencies that perpetuate disparate treatment in detention centers.

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Panelists

  • Zahra Billoo, Director of Affairs at the SF-Bay Area Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
  • Khaled A. Beydoun, Professor of Law at Wayne State University Law School
Moderated by Marisa Cianciarulo, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Fowler School of Law

February 18: Police Brutality

The panel focuses on the problem of police brutality and its role in systemic racism. We saw the tragic deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and so many more at the hands of police brutality. Join experts who have actively been working on civil rights cases and combating police brutality.

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Panelists

  • EmilyRose Johns, Senior Associate, Siegel, Yee, Brunner & Mehta
  • Walter Riley, Civil Rights Advocate and Attorney
  • Katie Tinto, Director, Criminal Justice Clinic, UCI Law

Moderated by Tamara Alexander, Co-Director, Fowler School of Law Mediation Clinic

February 19: Keynote Speech

Monica Bell, an Associate Professor of Law & Sociology at Yale Law School, will deliver the symposium's keynote on the subject of "Racism Response Funds: A Collective Response to Racist Acts."

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Monica Bell

Keynote Speaker


Monica Bell
Associate Professor of Law & Sociology at Yale Law School

Professor Bell's areas of research include law and sociology, law and inequality, policing and the criminal legal system, welfare and public benefits law, housing law and residential segregation, and race and the law. Her scholarship aims to center the voices and experiences of people who experience the effects of the law and its implementation. Professor Bell's scholarship has appeared in numerous journals, including the Yale Law Journal, American Journal of Sociology, NYU Law Review, and Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She has also published writing in popular outlets such as the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Washington Post, and The Appeal.