EdUp Legal Podcast, Episode 72: Conversation with TaWanda Stallworth, Dermot Groome, and Anu Gupta
EdUp Legal Podcast with Host Patty Roberts
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In today's episode, we welcome three guests to discuss Penn State Dickinson Law's leadership and antiracist education: TaWanda H. Stallworth, MDiv, program manager for the Antiracist Development Institute, Professor Dermot Groome, and Anu Gupta, founder and CEO of Be More and a systems designer for the Antiracist Development Institute. The Antiracist Development Institute came out of several Penn State Law faculty resolutions that included adopting an antiracist approach to legal education in June 2020. The Institute built on the foundational work of Dean Conway and four Black women Dean colleagues who started the Law Dean's Antiracist Clearinghouse Project in 2020. Listen as she discusses the Clearinghouse and the Institute in detail in episode 57. Professor Groome explains why the faculty decided to create a race and equal protection in the law course and explains its development and implementation. Program Manager Stallworth tells us about the new initiative of a multi-volume series called building an Antiracist Law School, Legal Academy, and Legal Profession. She shares with us the vast collaboration behind the multi-volume series and the support it has received within and outside the academy. Systems designer Anu Gupta shares how thinking about racism as a system's problem that needs system solutions will help inspire more comprehensive reform. They share the development of course content and the multi-volume series, which helps form and shape the course content. They tell us that the goal of antiracism is a world where all of us are equal and can belong with dignity and humanity. To get involved, check out their website. In the end, they share their predictions for the future of legal education in the coming decade. Professor Groome tells us the importance of teaching students about racism in the legal system. Program Manager Stallworth tells us she anticipates that more people will learn about the problems associated with questioning the merits of Black women. Finally, systems designer Gupta shares his vision for the future of legal education and how antiracism will be discussed beyond issues involving race and equal protection of the law, and integrated in the more traditional courses such as corporations, torts, and contracts.
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