Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law and Director of the Meltzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, NYU School of Law
Kenji Yoshino is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law and the Director of the Meltzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. A graduate of Harvard (AB summa cum laude), Oxford (MSc as a Rhodes Scholar) and Yale (JD), he speaks on issues of diversity and inclusion, antidiscrimination law, and constitutional law.
Kenji Yoshino is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law and the Director of the Meltzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. A graduate of Harvard (AB summa cum laude), Oxford (MSc as a Rhodes Scholar) and Yale (JD), he specializes in constitutional law, antidiscrimination law, and law and literature. He received tenure at Yale Law School, where he served as Deputy Dean before moving to NYU.
Yoshino has published in major academic journals, including the Harvard Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal. He has also written for more popular forums, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Yoshino is the author of three books. His fourth book (co-authored with David Glasgow), Say the Right Thing: How to Talk About Identity, Diversity, and Justice, was published by Simon and Schuster in February 2023.
Yoshino has served as the President of the Harvard Board of Overseers. He currently serves on the Oversight Board for Meta, the Board of the Brennan Center for Justice, on advisory boards for diversity and inclusion for Morgan Stanley and Charter Communications, and on the board of his children’s school. He has won numerous awards for his teaching and scholarship, including the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, the Peck medal in jurisprudence, and the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
He lives in Manhattan with his husband, two children, and a Great Dane.
This talk is based on Kenji's first book COVERING as well as a collaboration he did with the consultancy Deloitte. It looks at the phenomenon of “covering” — the strategy through which individuals downplay a stigmatized identity to blend in at work. Kenji shows through both quantitative data and qualitative data that such covering occurs across all groups (with even 45% of straight white men reporting that they cover), and that it is harmful to both individuals and organizations. Kenji then explores solutions about how individuals can bring more of their authentic selves to the workplace.
Becoming an Ally to All
One of the major obstacles to effective allyship is the fear of saying the wrong thing. Join Professor Kenji Yoshino, faculty director of the Meltzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at NYU School of Law and co-author of his book, Say the Right Thing: How to Talk About Identity, Diversity, and Justice, for guidance on how to overcome this obstacle. Professor Yoshino will share a tool known as the “empathy triangle,” which helps allies reflect on their role, support people affected by bias, and respond to those who engage in non-inclusive behavior. This conversation will offer a highly practical, shame-free, and nuanced approach to issues that we all increasingly confront in our day-to-day lives.