Brief: U of L Brandeis School of Law hosts diversity talk

By on February 2, 2016
The Louisville Cardinal News

By Brianna Williams–

Diversity officers from throughout Louisville held a discussion on diversity Feb. 2 at U of L’s Brandeis School of Law.

The panel included Debra Wells, manager of inclusion and diversity at LG&E and KU Energy; John Marshall, chief equity officer for Jefferson County Public Schools and Kimberly Amrine, director of diversity and inclusion at Frost Brown Todd.

The short panel began with each panelist explaining their background and why they believe they are fit to address diversity issues in Louisville. The diversity officers spoke about their plans and ideas for diversity in the area. The topic of inclusion was heavily discussed.

“What is the difference between diversity and inclusion? Diversity is having a ticket to the party and inclusion is getting asked to dance,” said Marshall. “My job is making sure that everyone coming into work feels like they’re asked to dance.”

The goal of the diversity officer at JCPS is to strengthen students, teachers and faculty by creating an environment that promotes academic success. In the corporate organizations, the officers’ goals are similar, aiming to foster inclusion in the business world.

Susan Duncan, dean of the law school, attended the talk and was particularly excited for this discussion to take place on U of L’s campus. This talk continues the university’s efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive campus.

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