Empowering Women of Color at Columbia Law School (EWOC) is proud to announce our sixth annual conference, in celebration of the organization’s 10th Anniversary: “Lifting As We Climb: Building Community and Advancing Diversity.”
This year’s conference highlights women of color as driving influences in corporations, law firms, and activist movements, and illuminates the challenges that women of color face in the legal field, exploring how women of color can empower society, each other, and themselves. The panels bring together academics, legal practitioners, and community advocates from around the country to address how we can innovate to shape the future that we want for ourselves, and more broadly, for society. Specifically, we discuss how women of color can advance in more conventional career paths, how we can use our JDs to forge new career paths, and how to advocate for social justice issues and utilize our professional positions to make change in our communities. With the present political and socio-economic realities, the need for women's empowerment, as well as innovation and vision for a sustainable future, is more important than ever. This year's EWOC Conference provides a timely opportunity for students and legal professionals alike, to look to the future, to hear from women who are having an impact, and to introspect about the kind of impact they would like to have going forward. By bringing together individuals from the legal field and beyond, the Conference aims to impart important knowledge, advice, and tools that Columbia law students can use in their future professional and personal pursuits, and to implement their visions for the future.
We hope that this year's Conference will remind students that there is no limit to what they can accomplish with their JDs and inspire them to think about how they can shape the future. We also hope that the Conference will further preserve EWOC's mission of supporting and championing women of color, and strengthen the commitment to empowering one another and building community. Finally, we hope that students will continue to have these conversations even after the Conference and encourage each other to be open, innovative and optimistic about the future.