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CIHLER: DEI, Affirmative Action, and a Politically Polarized Workforce: Where We Are, Where We're Going, and What Employers Should Do

Friday, April 5, 2024 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Virtual Event

Event Overview

Just a few years ago, diversity, equity, and inclusion programs were so in vogue that employers were racing to see who could be the fastest to implement and advertise such programs.

Now, after the UNC and Harvard cases and politicians blaming everything from bank closures to military attacks on DEI, employers are asking: Can we — and should we — implement and continue our DEI programs?

In this session, Paul Wagner, principal in the employment law firm Stokes Wagner, and Holly Lawson, Noble House’s CHRO, join Professor Dave Sherwyn to discuss what the law is, what the law will likely be, what types of DEI programs can be lawful, and how employers should navigate this evolving landscape.


What You’ll Learn

  • How DEI programming is lawful or unlawful
  • What the forecast for DEI programming looks like for the near future
  • How lawyers and labor professionals recommend DEI programs be structured and instructed


Holly Lawson, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Noble Hotels and Resorts

Dave Sherwyn ‘86 (ILR), JD ‘89, John and Melissa Ceriale Professor of Hospitality Human Resources and Academic Director of CIHLER

Paul Wagner, Shareholder, CFO, Stokes Wagner, ALC

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Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER)

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Natalie Oldfield