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Conversations on Equity and Justice

The Office of the Dean and the Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity are sponsoring an event series titled “Conversations on Equity and Justice.”

Closing the Equity Gap: A Conversation with Impact Investors Freada Kapor Klein, PhD’84, and Mitch Kapor

On Mar. 30, Interim Dean Maria Madison hosted a wide-ranging conversation with impact investors Freada Kapor Klein, PhD’84, and her husband Mitch Kapor about their new book, “CLOSING THE EQUITY GAP: Creating Wealth and Fostering Justice in Startup Investing.” Madison opened the conversation with a discussion of the couple’s respective careers and reflections on their individual “superpowers.” Mitch, a personal computing pioneer and founder of Lotus Software, has a knack for predicting technology trends. Freada, a workplace equity expert who completed her dissertation at Heller on sexual harassment, brings a rigorous intersectional lens and a dedication to equity to their partnership.

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Reproductive Freedom: Legal Rights, Political Context, and Opportunities for Action featuring Julie F. Kay, J.D.

On International Women's Day (Mar. 8) Interim Dean Maria Madison welcomed women's rights attorney and activist, Julie F. Kay, J.D. for a discussion on reproductive freedom. Kay is an in expert human rights; her initiatives increase support for access to reproductive rights and religious freedom, advance gender equality, and work to prevent family violence and promote women's economic security. This event was co-sponsored by the Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.

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The Power of Civic Engagement: The History and Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement

Brandeis alumnus Dr. Roy DeBerry ’70, MA’78, PhD’79, is an accomplished community organizer, human rights activist, author, and the co-founder of the Hill Country Project. This conversation, co-facilitated by Interim Dean Maria Madison and Professor Sara Shostak, explored the success of the Civil Rights Movement. its contemporary global impact, legacies of segregation, and one community’s journey for freedom. The audience heard powerful testimonies of Benton County, Mississippi residents from DeBerry's book, "Voices from the Mississippi Hill Country."

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Pursuing Racial Justice: A Conversation about Freedom, Democracy, and Human Rights

The inaugural event in this series featured Dr. Carol Anderson, the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and winner of the 2022 Gittler Prize, on Oct. 26, 2022. Anderson joined Interim Dean Maria Madison for an engaging dialogue about the pursuit of racial equity, the barriers to achieving it, and the preservation of human rights in the face of obstruction. They explored the historical legacies of racism, examples of resilience and progress, and avenues to chart a way forward.

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