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A Powerful Pivot:
The Robert E. Slota, Jr.
Summer 1L Diversity Program
Forges New Paths

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fter a busy winter of planning and recruiting, the Robert
E. Slota, Jr. Summer 1L Diversity Program was poised
for another exciting 8 weeks of internships, mentorships,
courtroom observations, workshops and social activities. With a
group of impressive students, a slate of committed host firms, and
more generous sponsors than ever before (see sidebar), the 12th
year of this important program was shaping up for a smooth sailing
summer of opportunity. And then...
As final details in the placement process were coming together,
plans (as well as the world, of course) came to a screeching halt,
suddenly at the mercy of an unprecedented global pandemic and
resultant lockdowns. With but a few weeks to catch its breath
and regroup, the program planning team, led by Jimmy Chong
and Lauren Hughes, co-chairs of the MBA Diversity Committee,
Evelyn Devine, vice-chair, and Nancy Walsh of tbd NOW, along
with MBA leadership, made a commitment to still provide the
same level of support and instruction to their impressive group of
diverse students in spite of the challenges.
Anticipating that many host firms might find themselves
unable to follow through on their internship programs at this
difficult time, and knowing the MBA would be unable to host the
traditional supplemental portion of the program as in the past, the
team made a quick decision to (a) give host firms the freedom to
cancel, modify or continue with their original internship plans,
and (b) create an online program in which any diverse 1L student,
regardless of internship status, could participate. The team also
agreed to still provide the $1,000 scholarship/stipends to the 7
students to whom it had previously committed. These stipends
were funded through the Diversity Committee, supplemented by
generous 1L program sponsors, and were awarded to the following
students:
Eve Balistra (Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law)
Fahina Chowdhury (Temple University Beasley School of Law)
Nicoli Goncalves (Widener University Delaware Law School)
Fethullah Gulen (Temple University Beasley School of Law)
Ashley Hyman (Temple University Beasley School of Law)
Cheyenne Desamour (Temple University Beasley School of Law)
Tanvi Walia (Widener University Delaware Law School)

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To further support the students, as well as to ensure their
engagement and investment in the program, the MBA and the
MBF (through their new Diversity in Justice and Education Fund)
provided them the opportunity to apply for scholarships upon
completion of the program. Award winners were announced at the
program's closing event on July 15th:

$500 MBA Scholarship Award
Eve Balistra
Alexsis Conway

$1000 MBA Scholarship Award
Fahina Chowdhury
Dharvi Goyal
Kacey Johnson
Taylor Williams

$500 MBF Scholarship Award
Lu Bai
Gabrielle Seay

$2,000 MBF Scholarship Award
Tracey Baker


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