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Informed Citizens

are Better Citizens

Fostering a Sense of Belonging

How organizations, agencies and law firms can implement strategies that encourage connectivity to increase diversity and change culture, while considering legal obligations.

The DEIB Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation invites you to hear from diversity and inclusion experts who will talk about best practices in rethinking how you address diversity and open your organization to voices from the communities of color, disability, and gender.

Whether you know it or not, your organization has an internal culture. How you communicate with one another, work as a team and make decisions can all be impacted by your internal culture. This internal culture often supports homogeneity in our decision-making, though we know that diversity of thought, background and expertise strengthens your organization.

Subject matter experts will provide insights into your recruitment and retention planning, DEI programming and tested options for changing the culture in your organization to ensure inclusion of diverse perspectives and further a feeling of belonging by all.

Topics will also include consideration of state and federal laws such as the Law Against Discrimination and the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as recent caselaw that impacts the DEI discussion.

  • When: Thursday, March 21 ~ Noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Virtual Event via Zoom
  • Free event
  • Questions? Please contact Kate Coscarelli at kcoscarelli@njsba.com

Moderator: Paula Saha, Senior Managing Director, Diversity, Inclusion & Member Engagement of the New Jersey State Bar Association 


  • Lora Fong, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for the Department of Law and Public Safety of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office
  • Andres Acebo, University President, New Jersey City University
  • Elizabeth Scott, Director of Human Resources and Community Relations, Burlington Township School District