Starting June 2020, we will begin hosting special FHCR workshops webinars. These workshops will seek to take a look at how some of the hard questions of equity and human rights that we deal with every day are being affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

For resources and recording on past workshops please click here.

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From the Courthouse to the Streets: Lawyering in the Time of Black Lives Matter

The FHCR Conference joins with Western New England University School of Law Center for Social Justice to present this workshop.

Additionally, this workshop is sponsored by The Law School Admission Council (LSAC), the Hurricane Maria Assistance and Relief Institution Alliance Corp and the Office of Provost Yi Li at John Jay College.

Each day’s headlines only serve to again underscore the many ways in which the unprecedented events of the last few months have served to alter the nature of public discourse on questions of equity and human rights, and on how they can be made real in the 21st century.  In particular, attorneys can find themselves wanting to take a new look at what it means to address these issues in these times of uncharted change.


The panel for this workshop will include:

  • Kyler Broadus, Esq., Trans Rights activist and founder of the Trans People of Color Coalition

  • Dr. Jodie Roure, Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice – CUNY Director, Diversity Prelaw Pipeline Programs

  • Tyler Crawford, Esq., Director of Mass Defense, National Lawyers Guild

  • Carlton Williams, Esq., Movement Lawyer

  • Professor Jennifer Levi, Director of GLAD’s Transgender Rights Project, Professor of Law, Western New England University


Language Access Law Amid COVID-19

In this free, hour-long online workshop, Attorneys Iris Coloma-Gaines and Andrea Park of the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute will  discuss how COVID-19 has impacted language accessibility and what must be done to insure the rights of LEP populations, both now and in the future. They will discuss best practices and trends that have emerged as a result of COVID-19.

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Know Your Rights (Employment)

In this free, hour-long online and interactive employment rights workshop, hear from Patricia Colarossi and Shequila Birdsong from DOL Wage and Hour and Michael Rojas and Electra Yourke from the EEOC about what you should know about the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and other EEO laws during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 


The Color of Life in a Time of Crisis Workshop: Thinking Through Racial Disparities During COVID-19

In this free, online interactive workshop, the panelists who will explore the many ways in which racial disparities play out in today’s America will include:

· Dr. Davarian Baldwin (Trinity College): The Urban Contours of Racial Disparity Under COVID-19

· Dr. Matthew Clair (Stanford University): Mass Criminalization, Health and Racial Injustice

· Dr. Neenah Estrella-Luna (Salem State University): Latinx Communities in the Time of COVID: Essential, Invisible and Expendable

· Professor Anthony Farley (Albany Law School): Necropolitics and COVID-19

· Dr. Lingyan Yang (Indiana University): Sinophobia, A Dividing Idea for Post-Pandemic America and the World

Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry 

The Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference is pleased to again join with the Western New England University School of Law Center for Social Justice, along with the Springfield Public Forum, to announce that Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry - the successful campaign for marriage equality in the United States – will be speaking on Thursday, September 10th as the inaugural speaker for the Center for Social Justice’s Gervino-Ward Series.


Wolfson, a recipient of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World designation, will be joined by WNEU School of Law Professor Jennifer Levi, director of GLAD’s Transgender Rights Project, who will moderate the Q&A-style virtual event.  The Gervino-Ward Series has been made possible by a donation to the Law School by alumna Elena Gervino, her wife Kathleen Ward, and their daughters. 

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How to Write a Language Access Plan

In this free, hour-long, online workshop, John Fisher, Fair Housing Coordinator for the Massachusetts regional housing nonprofit Way Finders, will review the regulatory basis for this requirement and outline the basic considerations that should be addressed when creating a LAP.

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COVID-19 and Anti-Asian Sentiments

As of today, more than three million people in the world have been diagnosed with Coronavirus; and in United States alone, more than 125,00 people have died from this disease.  Coronavirus or COVID-19 has changed the way we live, and its place of origin has led some people to develop biases toward people of Asian ancestry. 


Please join the Fair Housing Civil Rights Conference for this virtual workshop and learn how government agencies are responding to discrimination against Asians due to COVID-19.  Hear the live testimony of a high school student on her personal COVID-19, Anti-Asian experience and her perspective on this issue.  The panel for this workshop will include:  Sunni Thomas-George, Chairwoman of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination; Karina Lam, student; Susan Rhodes, Regional Director for the U.S. Health and Human Services; Susan Forward, Regional Director for the U.S. Housing and Urban Development: and Kenneth An, Director for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Boston Area Office.