Diversity Events

Current and Upcoming Events

And the Awards Go to...

photo of doctor valerie harper Dr. Valerie Harper, Registrar, Duquesne University School of Law

Dr. Valerie Harper was nominated and awarded the 2020 Duquesne University Diversity and Inclusion Award on November 23, 2020, during the annual Duquesne University Staff Awards program. The Diversity and Inclusion Award recognizes a staff member who has demonstrated, through positive interactions with others, respect and value for diversity and inclusion within Duquesne University and the broader community. Please be sure to congratulate Dr. Harper!

photo of Darious Singleton 3 L Darious Singleton, 3L, Duquesne University School of Law

Third year law student Darious Singleton was recognized for his work in the community on May 27 at the 18th Annual Washington Health System Teen Outreach Awards. The event, held virtually, honored Singleton with the Social Justice Award for promoting diversity, altruism, courage, respect and faith in humanity. "During my undergrad at Washington and Jefferson College, I was a member of multiple organizations centered around race, gender and sexual orientation and advocacy for issues that affected those communities," said Singleton. He noted that his long-running commitment to equality and social justice for marginalized people was the reason he wanted to study law. As featured in the Duquesne Lawyer Magazine

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Duquesne University Social Justice Reading Club

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion at Duquesne University and Duquesne University Counseling Services are offering a weekly virtual support group for African American students.

Upcoming Diversity CLE Programs

Past Events
Gisele Barreto Fetterman to be Honored at Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

The ACBA Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration is set for Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. on Zoom. Each year during the event, the ACBA Hispanic Attorneys Committee presents the El Sol Award to a person who exemplifies distinguished service to the community at large by being an exemplary advocate and contributing his/her time and talents toward the betterment of the local Latnix community. This year, the ACBA will honor Pennsylvania Second Lady Gisele Barreto Fetterman. The event is free for all members and non-members, but registration is required. 

Historical Overview of Race and Voting in the United States
Presented by Professor Wilson Huhn

This program is about systemic racism; specifically, the laws and court decisions that historically and to this day are used to suppress and dilute the votes of persons who are members of racial minorities. We will cover the denial of citizenship to persons of color; the battles that led to the adoption of the 15th Amendment; the annihilation of voting rights during the Redeemer Movement; the decisions of the United States Supreme Court initially upholding and then at long last striking down the use of white primaries, poll taxes and malapportionment; the adoption of the Voting Rights Act in 1965; the initial enforcement of the Voting Rights Act; the chipping away at the Voting Rights Act; and current schemes of voter suppression and vote dilution.

Saturday, September 26, 2020
School of Law Virtual CLE
10:00-11:00 am
Students may attend at no cost but must register in advance to receive the participation information

Members of the Homer S. Brown Division, Asian Attorneys Committee, and Hispanic Attorneys Committee:

The Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition ("PLDIC") invites you to attend an important complimentary webinar for lawyers of color on September 15 featuring Ritu Bhasin, a dynamic diversity, equity and inclusion global leader.

The Internalization of Racial Bias: What Happens in the Workplace
1-3 p.m.

Ritu will explore the neuroscience of how racial bias and trauma are linked and outline practical strategies to allow our diverse lawyers to thrive both personally and professionally.
In order to create a safe space for sharing experiences, we request that only lawyers who self-identify as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Color attend this webinar.

This program is the first in the PLDIC's ten-month series of programs entitled Towards a Culture of Inclusion. With questions or for more information about the PLDIC, please contact Susan A. Yohe, PLDIC Executive Director, at susanayohe@icloud.com or visit the PLDIC website at https://pghlegaldiversity.org/

Dean Barton's Video Message, June 12, 2020

Please view The Prayer Service for Justice and Peace that was held in the Duquesne University Chapel on Monday, June 8, 2020. Fr. Bill Christy, Director of Campus Ministry and University Chaplain, officiated the moving service. He was joined by Dr. Jeff Mallory, Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion and Student Advancement, and Dr. Anthony Kane, Assistant Director of Residence Life. The service was created from the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Requiem for Black Children of God. During the powerful Reading of Names, we recognize that we must continue to say the names of George Floyd and far too many other victims of racial injustice.

Partnership with Xavier University of Louisiana, the nation's only Catholic school among the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (April 2020)

The inaugural Spilling the Tea on Law School Program on September, 14th, 2019 at the School of Law brought together over 30 diverse high school, college, and graduate students. Young people, law students, legal educators, and lawyers discussed law school and the legal profession as it relates to the diverse needs of the community. View photos from the event and stay tuned for next year's program!