Professors Chris Goodman and Tanya Cooper Conduct Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshops -- California Department of Social Services State Hearings Division
Professors Chris Chambers Goodman and Tanya Asim Cooper conducted two, three-hour workshops on diversity, equity, and inclusion for the California Department of Social Services State Hearings Division in May and June. The workshops for administrative law judges and support staff included topics such as the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion; implicit bias; micro-inequities and micro-aggressions; white fragility and privilege; intersectionality; talking about race; the role of implicit bias issues in state hearings, public interactions, and credibility assessments; and concrete strategies for minimizing the impact of implicit bias.
Each workshop included over 100 participants. Professor Goodman delivered the content and Professor Cooper facilitated the breakout session discussions.
At Pepperdine Caruso Law, Professor Goodman teaches Evidence, Constitutional Law, Trial Practice, Racial Injustice in the Law, and Comparative Anti-Discrimination Law. She writes on equal protection topics, including implicit bias, affirmative action, preferences, and diversity, as well as ethical constraints on lawyers using artificial intelligence. Besides teaching in the clinical program, Professor Cooper teaches Race, Racism and the Law, and co-facilitates SEED (Seeking Education Equity and Diversity) seminars for faculty and staff. She writes on racial bias in child abuse and neglect law and domestic violence.