[VIRTUAL] Enhancing Diversity and Stopping Harassment: Tools for Change
Civil rights advocate Chai Feldblum HLS '85 talks about how to achieve real societal change.
Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 6:00 - 7:00pm ET
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Chai Feldblum, HLS ‘85, will draw on her experiences as a Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and as a partner at the law firm of Morgan Lewis, to talk about how a combination of law and social change mechanisms can be deployed to advance progress in these areas. The conversation will include conceptual ideas around culture change, practical tips for advancing DEI in the workplace, and insights into the hurdles that current anti-discrimination laws pose to aggressive actions to move the needle on diversity.
Chai Feldblum is a long-time civil rights advocate and scholar. Chai played a leading role in drafting and negotiating the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and later the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. As a law professor at Georgetown Law in Washington, DC for 18 years, Chai created a Federal Legislation Clinic where she and her students helped non-profit organizations advance their legislative social justice goals.
From 2010 to 2019, Chai served as a Commissioner of the Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) where she helped advance employment civil rights, including for LGBTQ people (establishing their protection under sex discrimination laws), people with disabilities, and women. She also led a proactive effort to prevent harassment in the workplace. For two years, Chai was a partner at the law firm of Morgan Lewis, where she helped employers work proactively to create safe, respectful, diverse and inclusive workplaces.
In 2021, Chai became a free-lance civil rights advocate and scholar. She assists with legislative and regulatory work regarding civil rights, particularly for LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities and women. She also serves as Vice Chair of the AbilityOne Commission, a federal agency devoted to the employment of people with significant disabilities.
Harvard Club Members: Free
Friends, Family and Collegeues of the speaker - Free