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Workshop on DEI in Business: Legal & Ethical Issues at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

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Workshop on DEI in Business: Legal & Ethical Issues

Proposal deadline: February 1, 2024

Workshop: April 12, 2024 (NOTE REVISED DATE)

We are pleased to announce an academic workshop on DEI in Business: Legal & Ethical Issues which will be held on Friday, April 19, 2024 at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Legal Studies & Business Ethics (LGST) and the Wharton Coalition for Equity and Opportunity (CEO), the workshop aims to foster in-progress scholarship and connect an interdisciplinary community of scholars working on legal and ethical issues related to equity and opportunity in business.

Over the past several decades, there has been growing business interest in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives; ways to address persistent societal gaps in wealth, access to financial services, and healthcare; and efforts to mitigate or remediate technology-induced discrimination and inequality. Yet the future of some of these efforts is uncertain. Recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings, challenges to civil rights laws that currently structure private sector actions, and political attacks on businesses engaged in such efforts have made scholarship in this field even more important.

The workshop will focus on future directions for equity and opportunity against this backdrop. Each accepted paper will be assigned a discussant, who will provide feedback and lead a discussion among the author and other workshop participants.

We invite scholars who are focused on these issues from a law or ethics perspective to submit a title, abstract, and CV to by midnight on February 1, 2024. Full papers—which may be at any stage of development prior to publication, including early-stage work—will be due three weeks prior to the event on March 29.

The Wharton School will arrange accommodations and provide travel support for participants.

Program Committee: Stephanie Creary (Management), Brian Feinstein (LGST), Fareeda Griffith (CEO), Julian Jonker (LGST), Amanda Shanor (LGST), Kenneth Shropshire (CEO)