The past year has upended all aspects of higher education and required counsel to revise client advice on various matters, including those related to discrimination law. This year’s virtual workshop will approach higher education discrimination law through the lens of a global pandemic, a nationwide racial reckoning, and unprecedented financial challenges. Against this backdrop, panelists will also discuss how anticipated regulatory changes and executive branch actions under the new presidential administration may impact higher education, and how evolving case law and the changing composition of the courts may influence institutional efforts to build and maintain diverse and inclusive communities.
Through themes of turbulence, transitions, and triumphs, panelists will explore:
- Historical and present-day allegations of discrimination, including issues related to systemic racism and campus climate;
- Various forms of sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct, pay equity, parental/caretaker discrimination, and athletics program closures;
- Diversity in admissions, financial aid, and hiring;
- RIFs, furloughs, and program closures analyzed through a discrimination lens;
- Religious discrimination;
- Disability, accommodation, and remote work; and
- Virtual speech and harassment.
In addition to virtual panel sessions with an opportunity for live Q&A with the presenters, virtual discussion groups will allow participants to exchange ideas, pose questions, and share experiences and solutions on a number of important topics with colleagues in an informal setting. Please join us this April from anywhere you find yourself with an internet connection to come together and learn the latest legal developments and approaches from experts and discuss areas of common concern with your colleagues!
Who Should Attend?
This program is at the advanced level. Presenters presume attendees have some familiarity and experience with higher education discrimination law. The workshop is directed to college and university counsel with responsibility for discrimination law matters in employment and student affairs. Counsel may also wish to invite administrators with significant responsibilities related to diversity and inclusivity initiatives, personnel and human resources, or student affairs. Note: Unlike our webinars, workshops are not to be shared. If other administrators on your campus are interested in attending, they must submit a registration and accompanying fee to attend.