“Home Away from Home” Harrisburg Minority Networking Social Held
Harrisburg Correspondent - Published: October 4, 2010
Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons and the Harrisburg Dean’s Diversity Board hosted a networking social for Widener Law minority students and alumni on Tuesday, September 28, 2010. The event was called, ‘Home Away From Home,” and was held at the Hilton Harrisburg from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The event aimed to help minority students become acquainted with minority faculty, alumni, and professionals in the Harrisburg area. Over two dozen minority students attended the event.

Many students offered positive feedback about the event. Second year student Halak Mehta said, “The Minority event was a unique experience because it brought together many different individuals whose passion for law was very similar. Former Widener alumni were able to share their experiences and challenges faced in law school and offer advice to us about how to actively engage in the job searching process. The diversity board and legal community were great mentors in providing useful information about what to expect inside the classroom and outside in the real world.”

First year student Martin Banks Jr. felt the night was a success as well; “New initiatives were discussed and I believe the altruistic idea of diversity resonates in the hearts and minds of our esteemed Diversity Board. I am delighted and proud to be included in this process. I truly thank Dean Ammons for her vision regarding diversity and for the recruitment and volunteerism of the supporting team members.”

Members of the Dean’s Diversity Board present at the event included Pedro Cortes, Esq., the Honorable Jeannine Turgeon, Monica Cliatt, Esq.,’99, Karen Durkin, Esq. ’79, and Peter Speaks, Esq. Faculty in attendance in addition to Dean Ammons included; Harribsurg Vice Dean Robyn Meadows, Professor Michael Cozzillio, Professor Tonya Evans, Professor Randle Pollard, and Professor Starla Williams. Several Widener alumni were in present, including Clarissa Freeman, Esq. ’08, Bina Singh ’09, and Robert Torres, Esq. ’93.

Several members of the Keystone Bar Association – an association for minorities in Harrisburg – also attended the event. The members in attendance were; Rodney Akers, Esq., David Alexander, Esq., and Jenni Henley Allen, Esq.