The NCDRL Pre-Conference Diversity Training Sessions on Monday, May 6 were led by some of the top experts, educators, trainers, and leaders in their respective fields who have focused their research and professional careers on the understanding and development of best practices in the realms of diversity, equity and inclusion. The training featured Ritu Bhasin, LL.B. MBA, an internationally-recognized expert in diversity and leadership development, president of a leading diversity and inclusion-focused consulting firm, bhasin consulting inc., and the author of The Authenticity Principle: Resist Conformity, Embrace Differences, and Transform How You Live, Work, and Lead. Five additional trainers had signature roles on May 6. Each registrant for the training received a certificate denoting their participation in and successful completion of Diversity Training for the day. Directly following Monday's training sessions, some registrants took part in a Special Dinner with a distinguished keynote speaker, Nichole Francis Reynolds, Esq. She serves as Master Card's Vice President for Public Policy, U.S. Markets. This provided attendees with the opportunity to continue discussions from their preceding sessions and network with their peers from across the region and nation.
Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. James L. Moore, III, called Day Two of NCDRL to order at 8:30 a.m. on May 7. The Conference Charge and 18 workshops followed. Lunch opened with Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Bruce A. McPheron, offering official university greetings. Then Frank H. Wu, Esq., served as closing keynote, and the grand dialogue moderated by ODI's Assistant Vice Provost, Robert L. Solomon, Esq. with all attendees brought closure to the 25th NCDRL.
Wu is currently the Prosser Distinguished Professor at University of California Hastings College of Law. He previously served as Chancellor and Dean at UC Hastings, receiving unanimous early renewal after being voted the most influential law school dean in the nation. Professor Wu is dedicated to civic engagement and volunteer service. In April 2016, he was elected by the members of Committee of 100 as their Chair. The Committee of 100 is a non-profit membership organization working on twin missions of promoting good relations between the US and China and the civic engagement of Chinese Americans. Wu is also the author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White and co-author of Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment.