DIVERSITY, EQUITY, and INCLUSION

Upcoming Events

Looking for events highlighting diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in Massachusetts? Check out our interactive calendar!

Resources – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Indigenous Peoples Day Resources – MLAC
Black Americans, suffering disproportionately from COVID-19, face a mounting mental health crisis – Boston Globe
Black-owned restaurants to support in the Greater Boston area – Boston.com
Black American Experiences during the Covid-19 Pandemic – Harvard Library
Covid-19’s Impact on People in Prison – Equal Justice Initiative
Ripple Effect: Behind Bars During COVID – WGBH Boston
Pandemic’s front line work falls on women, minorities – CBS News
A New Study Shows Just How Badly Black Americans Have Been Hit by Covid-19 – Politico
Financial and Health Impacts of Covid-19 Vary Widely by Race and Ethnicity – Pew Research Center
Covid-19’s Race and Class Warfare – Opinion – New York Times
The Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation – American Public Health Association
Black Women Have Long Faced Racism in Healthcare. COVID-19 is Only Amplifying It – The Appeal
The Science of Why Coronavirus Exposes Racism and Xenophobia – Forbes
Talking About Coronavirus Centering Language Around Inclusion, Empowerment, and Justice – The Opportunity Agenda
Why I don’t feel safe wearing a face mask – Boston Globe – Opinion
Coronavirus will overwhelm our civil legal aid system – Seattle Times – Opinion
Maintaining Mental Health During the Coronavirus Pandemic – The Steve Fund
How can employers stop discrimination during the coronavirus pandemic? – ABA Journal
Coronavirus: Protect Yourself and Stand Against Racism – Facing History and Ourselves
Emotional Well-Being and Coping During COVID-19 – University of California, San Francisco
Six Age-Appropriate Books and Resources for Teaching Kids about COVID-19 – KQED


Mission

To create a diverse, representative and collaborative environment within legal services in order to provide accessible, welcoming and culturally competent services to clients of all backgrounds and their communities.

History

The Massachusetts Legal Services Diversity Coalition was established by MLAC in 1990 to raise awareness of diversity issues and provide technical assistance on diversity to legal aid programs across the Commonwealth.

In 2010, MLAC’s Diversity Coalition director took on coordination of the Retention Task Force, which was created to examine disproportionate impact of the economic downturn on attorneys of color in the civil legal aid system. The Task Force finalized its recommendations in spring 2012. Its final report can be found here .

Statewide Diversity Council

The Statewide Diversity Council is a collaboration between MLAC and the legal aid organizations that it funds to identify and address issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion within civil legal aid in Massachusetts.

Contact

For more information contact Tonysha Taylor, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at ttaylor@mlac.org, or Bria Gambrell at bgambrell@mlac.org.

Past Events

Disrupting Cycles of Inequity: Expanding Racial Equity in the Legal Profession. July 18, 2019

Legal Services & Affinity Bar Mixer
The Boston Bar Association and the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation held the first Legal Services & Affinity Bar Mixer on October 3, 2019 at 16 Beacon Street, Boston.

This interorganizational event strengthened relationships between affinity bar association attorneys and staff in the legal services community and provided an opportunity for individuals to expand their professional networks.

Disrupting Cycles of Inequity: Expanding Racial Equity in the Legal Profession

The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation’s first statewide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion professional development conference.

July 18, 2019 at Simmons University in the Linda K. Paresky Center.

Additional Articles and Resources


Advancing the Mission of Legal Services: An Examination of Structural and Insitutional Biases
In September 2013, antiracist expert Tim Wise and several other speakers presented a conference on the racial issues facing legal aid programs in Massachusetts. View their speeches here:

Tim Wise | Impact of Racism: Massachusetts Legal Services Attorneys and Clients of Color
Camille Holmes | Legal Services Perspectives on Racial Justice, Diversity and Inclusion [coming soon]
Jason Reece | Structural Analysis of Racial Disparities: Opportunity Mapping [coming soon]

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