Knoxville, Tenn. — Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law hosted a panel discussion on diversity issues and initiatives in higher education institutions on October 26, 2016.
The event was presented by the LMU Law Faculty Diversity Committee with the assistance of the OUTLaw Student Group. Guest speakers included Executive Director of the Tennessee Equality Project Chris Sanders, LMU Director of Multicultural Student Services Cathy Eldahan and Dr. Joann Hall, a professor of nursing at the University of Tennessee.
The panelists discussed topics including the debate over “Safe Space” and “Safe Zone” programs; the creation of gender-neutral restrooms; and the impact of federal and state funding on decision-making processes in higher education. The panel also focused on the ethical and legal responsibilities of colleges and universities grappling with issues of diversity and inclusion.
Nearly 120 people, including 99 LMU Law students, attended the event, which was an installment of LMU Law’s professionalism series. During the event, Sanders invited students to engage with policy by attending legislative sessions and becoming active in the legal community. Eldahan encouraged students to communicate with other students, faculty and administration so that institutions can address specific campus needs. Hall urged students to use their writing skills to draft policies, articles and papers raising important issues in diversity.