C+V Community Talk in Partnership with Heritage Months: Securing Justice: Q&A & Call to Action after MLK Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated as a day of service and a reflection on the injustices to the Black community. These injustices are still happening today, which is not the future that Dr. King envisioned when he gave his “I have a Dream” speech in 1963.

Our panel will reflect on Representative Leslie Herod’s speech from January 17th and have a Q & A to analyze what we can do as individuals and a community to inspire change. Join us to reflect and discuss a call to action at DU and beyond and to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Learn more about our panelists below!

Thursday, January 20, 2022 | 11:30am-12:30pm

New this year! For our Heritage Months partnership events, community members can gather for a Community Viewing of the webinar in-person and post-event debrief after the event in Community Commons - Room 3701 (North).


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Featuring Panelists:

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Jenipher Bonino
Partner-O'Connor Law Firm; Sturm College of Law Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of Denver 

  • Learn about Jenipher

    Attorney Jenipher R. Jones, is a civil rights lawyer, legal educator, and administrator at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She is now a partner at the O'Connor Law Firm, LLC, which includes The LEVITATE. Institute, an endeavor aimed at promoting the positive emotional well-being and growth of law students and lawyers. She graduated from, HBCU, Bennett College for Women with a B.A. in Political Science with honors. She then attended law school at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law with membership to the Loyola Maritime Journal Law Journal, The International Legal Honor Society of Phi Delta Phi, and clinical study.

    Jenipher began her career in civil and human rights as a Fellow at the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship of Harvard University at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Jenipher has worked on law enforcement accountability issues, including a clerkship at the civilian law enforcement oversight agency, the City of New Orleans Office of the Independent Police Monitor (OIPM), and a landmark federal consent decree involving the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD). She has also practiced at the National Employment Litigation Unit (NELU) of the United States Postal Service handling class action employment discrimination matters.

    Most recently, at a civil rights law firm, Jenipher litigated complex civil litigation cases involving prisoners’ rights, law enforcement misconduct, and employment discrimination. She has been published in both domestic and international publications. Jenipher has also advocated for the rights of prisoners in the United States before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, The United Nations Association, and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

    A member of the Executive Committee for the American Association of Law Schools (AALS), Balance Section and Scholarship Committee, she promotes diversity and wellness in the legal profession, particularly among law students and lawyers of color.

    Jenipher is also active in the community and serves on the Board of Directors for The Blue Bench of Colorado and Co-Chairs the National Lawyers Guild Mass Incarceration Committee. Both a civil rights and integrative law lawyer, she is a graduate of the Center for Action and Contemplation’s Living School and is trained as to both contemplative and interfaith practices.

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Nigel Daniels
Student, University of Denver

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Andriette Jordan-Fields (Moderator)
Black Community Experience Coordinator, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,University of Denver

  • Learn about Dr. Jordan-Fields

    Andriette Jordan-Fields, a Womanist Ethicist, is the Black Community Experience Coordinator at the University. She received her PhD from the Joint PhD program from the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology. Prior to the Black Community Experience Coordinator position, she was the Interim Director at the University of Denver Cultural Center.  

    Jordan-Fields served as assistant director for admissions at Iliff School of Theology where she introduced new systems, transformed organizational structures and upgraded outdated policies and procedures with cutting-edge technologies.  

    In professional, as well as instructional settings, advanced inclusiveness and realization of self-worth for participants is key. She taught “Identity Power and Difference” at Iliff School of Theology and at the University of Denver School of Social Work which increased awareness of the multidimensional aspects of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and socioeconomic status. She introduced students to diverse cultural events, which broadened awareness of their own misconceptions and stereotyping. High evaluations showed how much students appreciated instruction and discussion around such issues as racism, islamophobia, sexism, homophobia/heterosexism, and other systematic forms of exclusion, discrimination and oppression. 

    To summarize, Dr. Andriette Jordan-Fields is a stand for all people relating to each other as equals transcending racial, cultural social, socio-economic and religious barriers. 

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Doshia Woods
Head Women's Basketball Coach, University of Denver

  • Learn about Coach Woods

    Doshia Woods enters her 2nd season at the University of Denver. Woods committed to rebuilding a culture that allows for her team to grow as players and people. Her emphasis can be seen and heard via various podcast as well as tv interviews speaking of her Life 4.0 program. One she developed to provide a space to talk about mental health and social justice issues with her program.

    On the court, Woods has implemented an uptempo style. During the 20-21 season the Pioneers lead the Summit league in most three pointers made a game with 9.2. 

    The Topeka, Kansas, native has been a guest on various podcasts about leadership and team culture. A featured speaker for the 2021 The Power of Positive Summit presented Jon Gordon, Woods discussed her transition from assistant to head coach. Additionally, Woods serves on various committees including the University of Denver athletics department DEI, DU’s Black Community Advisory Board, and Tulane University Alumni Council for the school of professional advancement. 

    Read more about Coach Woods