Professor Carlton Waterhouse Receives Award at Diversity and Alumni Event Hosted by Students
IU McKinney students celebrated their second annual Diversity and Alumni Dinner and Reception, hosted by the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) and the Hispanic Law Society (HLS), on March 30, 2014, at Central Library in downtown Indianapolis. The theme for this year’s event was “Fifty Years of Justice: The Evolution of Civil Rights,” in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. More than 100 guests attended the event.
(At left are Professors Florence Wagman Roisman, Carlton Waterhouse, and Monroe Little.)
Jennett Hill, ’98, senior vice president and general counsel of Citizens Energy Group, was the event’s keynote speaker, and talked about the Civil Rights movement from her perspective. She spent much of her childhood living abroad with her parents, and her parents are of two different races. Hill also spoke about the role that the Civil Rights Act has played in her career advancement and her educational opportunities.
Guests also heard from Dr. Monroe Little, associate professor of history and director of the Africana Studies Program in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. He spoke about the context under which the Civil Rights Act was passed, and about what needs to still be accomplished in order to achieve the movement’s original goals.
The event planning committee, made up of BLSA president 3L Adey Adenrele, HLS president 3L Adriana Figueroa, HLS vice president 2L Steven Nunez, and BLSA member 3L Dana DeBowels, presented an award to Professor Carlton Waterhouse. The award was made in recognition of his role in the partnership the law school has with Shortridge Magnet School for Law and Public Policy, and Professor Waterhouse’s continued commitment to diversity at IU McKinney.
(At right are Steven Nunez and Francisco Guzman.)