'Propelling Change Forward': School of Business' Equity Series Tackles Compelling Workplace Topics – UConn Today – UConn

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This year’s Equity Now series will focus on racial and gender equity, voter disenfranchisement, and workplace privacy violations
The objective of the series is to give people the tools to identify when diversity challenges exist and what can be done to address them (Adobe Stock).
In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and other calls for social change, there’s a tremendous appetite for knowledge and guidance among business professionals, students, and alumni in a vast variety of industries.
“In the midst of this social revolution I thought, ‘How can we at the School of Business make a difference and bring these issues to a wide audience?’’ says business law professor Robert Bird, who has organized a four-part speaker series on diversity and equity topics.
“BLM, the murder of George Floyd, and other events increased awareness that discussions of diversity, equity, and inclusion should be front and center,’’ he says. “This year’s Equity Now speaker series gives people the tools to identify when diversity challenges exist and what can be done to address them.’’
Now in its second year, the Equity Now series has attracted top legal experts from across the nation and hundreds of attendees. This year’s presentations will focus on racial and gender equity, voter disenfranchisement, and workplace privacy violations.
Bird, who is the Eversource Energy Chair in Business Ethics and a recent past president of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, says the speakers are among the best in the nation. All are legal scholars who are at the forefront of their disciplines and are eager to share informative and practical knowledge.
“The greatest leaps in justice, diversity, and equity have come from legal mandates,” Bird says. “Statutes and court decisions are powerful mechanisms that propel forward social change.’’
“This is a defining initiative for UConn,’’ Bird says. “So much more can be done to promote equity in a diverse environment. The first step is learning more about diversity, equity, and legal mandates and how they are deeply intertwined.’’
Pre-registration for the 2021 Equity Now speaker series is required and can be done by visiting the Equity Now homepage. Each presentation will be approximately one hour.
The speaker series presentations are as follows:
Presented by professor Goldburn P. Maynard Jr. of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. His research focuses on issues of wealth distribution and inequality. The presentation begins at 6 p.m.
Presented by professor Leora Eisenstadt, the Murray Shusterman Research Fellow at Temple University. She is the academic director of the newly founded Center for Ethics, Diversity and Workplace Culture at Temple’s Fox School of Business and a scholar focused on discrimination, employment law, sexual harassment retaliation, and whistleblowing.
Presented by professor Margaret Hu, associate dean for Non-JD Programs and professor of law and international affairs at Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include the intersection of immigration policy, national security, cybersurveillance and civil rights. Previously, she served as a senior policy adviser for the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice.
 Presented by professor Liz Brown of Bentley University. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, her award-winning research explores the intersection of employment law, technology, and equity. She is also the president of the Employment Law section of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business and formerly represented Fortune 100 companies as a litigator. Brown is also the former executive director of an angel investor network focused on women entrepreneurs.

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