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Friday, March 19 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
From Margin to Center: Putting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into Practice

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Organizations across the country have added the role of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer/Chief/Director
to their organizational chart. What do you need to know before hiring a DEI officer or advocating for this
position? In this presentation, you’ll hear from DEI professionals at three different public defender offices, learn
how this role can operate in your office, pitfalls to avoid, and how to champion the cause of equity and
inclusion within smaller offices.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Ponder

Danielle Ponder

Professor, SUNY Brockport, Department of African American Studies
Danielle Ponder is a musician and attorney. A native of New York she performs internationally with her band She is a Professor in the Department of African American studies at The State University of New York College at Brockport, where she teaches Legal Rights of the Disadvantaged... Read More →
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Chrishana White

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Brooklyn Defender Services
Chrishana White (she/her) is a proud Black, queer, Brooklynite. She is the Director of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team at Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) and aims to lead with authenticity, integrity, and intention.She began her career working as a public defender at BDS... Read More →
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Charles Fox

Director of Diversity and Development, The Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County, Inc.
Charles Fox is the Director of Diversity & Development for the Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County, Inc. He has been in this position for about a year and a half, developing training, workshops and strategies to promote equity and inclusion within and outside of the organization... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 12