Exploring Racial and Social Injustice and Inequality in America

Exploring Racial and Social Injustice and Inequality in America

This session will explore and discuss the history, root causes, and modern-day implications of social and racial injustice in America, with the goal of promoting change through greater understanding of these issues.

Veronica Root Martinez (Moderator)

Moderator Veronica Root Martinez, professor of law and director of the Law School’s Program on Ethics, Compliance & Inclusion, writes about and researches issues related to corporate compliance, drawing on scholarship from the areas of professional ethics, corporate governance, workplace law, corporate social responsibility, and organizational behavior. She investigates the institutional mechanisms that firms can utilize to (i) improve long-term compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, (ii) promote ethical norms within organizational environments, and (iii) encourage the development of diversity and inclusion norms. She is one of the nation’s foremost experts on corporate compliance.

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Featured Speakers:

  • Veronica Root Martinez, Professor of Law and Director of the Law School’s Program on Ethics, Compliance, & Inclusion
  • David Hooker, Associate Professor of the Practice of Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
  • Rev. Thomas J. McDonagh, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame

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David Hooker

David Hooker is an associate professor of the practice of conflict transformation and peacebuilding. He is a core faculty member of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, an integral part of the Keough School of Global Affairs at Notre Dame.

Hooker’s expertise includes public policy and social justice, environmental justice, multi-party conflicts, negotiation, mediation, and post-conflict community building. He has worked with communities, governments, and civil society organizations community building, environmental justice, and other issues of public policy and social justice. He has managed multi-party conflicts, conducted workshops, and consulted across the U.S. and around the world.

Hooker is also a lawyer who has represented the State of Georgia as an assistant attorney general. He has taught graduate courses in negotiation, mediation, conflict resolution, conflict analysis, trauma healing, and conflict transformation at Eastern Mennonite University.

James Sullivan '93

James Sullivan ’93 is the Rev. Thomas J. McDonagh, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. He has been a visiting scholar at the National Poverty Center and a visiting professor at the University of Chicago. His research examines the effectiveness of anti-poverty programs at the national, state, and local level. He also studies the consumption, saving, and borrowing behaviors of poor households, as well as poverty and inequality measurement. His work has appeared in the top journals in the economics profession and his research is routinely covered by the popular press. In 2015, he testified at a hearing on evidence-based policy for the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2012, with fellow Notre Dame Professor William Evans, James founded the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO). LEO is a research center that works with service providers and policymakers to identify effective and scalable solutions to reduce poverty in America. James received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Race, Religion, and Reparative Justice: Black Lives Matter and International Human Rights

Presented by Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion

Alex Hsu, a postdoctoral research associate with the Ansari Institute, talks with Diane Desierto, associate professor of human rights law and global affairs at the Keough School of Global Affairs, about the call for racial justice and how it intersects with international human rights law.

Race, Violence, and Protest: A Conversation about the Ongoing Struggle for Justice

Presented by Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies


  • David Anderson Hooker, Associate Professor of the Practice of Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding
  • Ashley Bohrer, Assistant Professor of Gender and Peace Studies
  • Helina Haile ’20Master of Global Affairs, International Peace Concentration Graduate 
  • Ann Mische, Associate Professor of Sociology and Peace Studies
  • Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead ’93 M.A., Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and Host of Today with Dr. Kaye on WEAA in Baltimore

Deepfake Conference Panel III: Marginalized Populations

Presented by Technology Ethics Center

The Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center explored these questions and others during a series of panel discussions featuring leading academic, industry and policy experts. The panel featured Mary Anne Franks (University of Miami School of Law), Danielle Citron (Boston University School of Law), and Sam Gregory (WITNESS).

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