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NDNU Presents "Diversity Speaker Series: Dismantling Systemic Racism"

Belmont, CA, February 19, 2008 — Angela Oh, world-renowned commentator on race relations, will discuss the opportunities and challenges that diversity presents as she continues NDNU’s “Diversity Speaker Series: Dismantling Systemic Racism,” February 26.

Oh, a nationally-recognized attorney, public lecturer, and community leader, is of counsel to the Century City law firm of Bird Marella in Los Angeles, CA. Formerly a name partner and trial attorney at Beck DeCorso, Barrera & Oh, she has represented individuals and entities in all facets of state and federal court litigation. During her years in public service and private practice, Oh has built a reputation as an effective advocate and negotiator, drawing upon a wide breadth of experiences in the community, legal, and political arenas.

In 1997, she was appointed by President Clinton to the President’s Initiative on Race. When her appointment ended in 1998, she turned her focus from law to a national discussion about race.

“Angela Oh has spent the past 20 years as an attorney and teacher, examining race relations, and developing leadership opportunities for diverse communities,” said Richard Watters, NDNU’s Director of the Center for Student Leadership. “She provides new insights into race, gender and spirituality from an Asian-American perspective.”

The Diversity Speaker Series was developed for NDNU and the community to address and provide dialogue regarding systemic racism.

Watters hopes the series will create a larger and more public forum for the discussion of dismantling systemic racism. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the Belmont community will be exposed to knowledgeable, well respected, and experienced individuals that can inspire and motivate change.

Oh has served on select commissions and boards, including the Federal Judicial Nominations Committee for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, the Federal Magistrate Judge Selection Panel for the Central District of California, and the California Commission on Access to Justice. She currently serves on the Boards of Washington, D.C. based Women’s Policy, Inc., and the Western Justice Center Foundation.

Her lectures have taken her all over the world including China, Korea, the Middle East, Northern Ireland, and the United Kingdom. In 2000, she was appointed Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of California, Irvine where she continues to teach a course on Race and American Law and Leadership for the 21st Century. In 2002, she finished a collection of essays entitled Open: One Woman’s Journey, published by UCLA’s Asian American Studies Department.

Oh is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Public Health degrees. Her Juris Doctorate is from King Hall, the University of California, Davis School of Law. In addition, Oh is an ordained Priest, Zen Buddhist-Rinzai Sect.

The lecture will take place in the Ralston Hall Mansion Ballroom. Tickets cost $20 general admission, $10 students and seniors. NDNU students may attend for free. The series is sponsored by NDNU's Center for Student Leadership. For more information, call (650) 508-3718 or e-mail: csl@ndnu.edu.