Center on Race and Social Problems

2007 Summer Institutes

Summer Institutes 2007

During the summer of 2007, the Center sponsored three institutes focused on ethnic disproportionality in school discipline, race and mental health, and educating and employing law students and attorneys of color.

June 12  Attracting, Retaining, and Advancing Law Students and Lawyers of Color in the Pittsburgh Region

  • Challenges facing the legal profession in the recruitment, mentoring, retention, and promotion of law students and lawyers of color
    Speakers: Peter Alexander, Southern Illinois University; Arin Reeves, The Athens Group; Eugene E. Harris, Allegheny County Bar Association 
  • Best practices for recruiting, mentoring, retaining, and promoting law students and lawyers of color
    Speakers: Helise Harrington, Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal; Cathy Bissoon, Cohen and Grigsby; Carl Cooper, formerly of Reed Smith 
  • Creative ideas for moving forward
    Moderator: Sandra Jordan, School of Law, University of Pittsburgh
    Speakers: Michelle I. Ritter, PPG Industries, Inc.; Marilin Martinez-Walker, Thorp Reed & Armstrong; Kevin Deasy, School of Law

July 13  Racial and Ethnic Disproportionality in School Discipline 

Guest Ph.D. Students from Other Social Work Schools

  • Keith Chan, MSW, Doctoral Student, Boston College School of Social Work
  • Liz Gershoff, Ph.D., Assistant professor, University of Michigan School of Social Work
  • Derrick Gervin, MSW, Doctoral Student, Clark Atlants University School of Social Work
  • Morna McEachern, MSW, Doctoral Student, University of Washington School of Social Work
  • Courtney Robinson, MEd, Doctoral Student, University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work

July 27  Race and Mental Health 

Guest Ph.D. Students from Other Social Work Schools

  • Venera Bekteshi, MPA, Doctoral Student, Boston College School of Social Work
  • Rosalyn Denis Campbell, Doctoral Student, University of Michigan School of Social Work and Department of Sociology
  • Carrie Elliot, MSW, Doctoral Student, University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work
  • Lovie Jackson, MSW, Doctoral Student, University of Washington School of Social Work
  • Garrick White, MSW, Doctoral Student, Clark Atlanta University School of Social Work