Faculty News for Professor Elvia Arriola

Elvia ArriolaElvia R. Arriola
Professor of Law

B.A., California State University, Los Angeles
J.D., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., New York University
Email: earriola@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 753-7251 

Professor Arriola Reappointed to ABA Commission

Professor Elvia Arriola has been reappointed for another year to the American Bar Association's Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI), effective at the end of the commission's annual meeting in August 2015.

Arriola Joins Organization Supporting Schools in Kenya

Professor Elvia Arriola has joined the Board of Directors of the Illinois-based nonprofit, Friends of the Jane Adeny Memorial School (JAMS), as of October 2014. JAMS is a school offering transformative learning experiences to underserved village girls in Kenya.

Professor Elvia Arriola Appointed to American Bar Association Commission

Professor Elvia Arriola was appointed for a three year term as a member of the ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association, held in Boston, Massachusetts from August 7-11, 2014.  The mission of the SOGI Commission is to promote full and equal participationin the practice of law by persons of differing sexual orientation and gender identities.  Among the established works of the ABA SOGI Commission is the Best Practices Guide for Promoting LGBT Diversity.

Professor Elvia Arriola Interviewed by Major Brazilian Newspaper

Professor Elvia Arriola was interviewed via e-mail by the international news division of Correio Braziliense, one of Brazil's major newspapers.  She was asked about the April 15, 2014 ruling of the Supreme Court of India recognizing the rights of hijras, or transgenders, in that country.  The article was published on April 16th.

Professors Arriola and Boudreau Receive Ally Awards

Arriola to Participate in Panel Discussion on Civil Rights

Professor Elvia Arriola will speak as part of "Exploring Civil Rights: A Panel Discussion" on Wednesday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center Capitol Room.  This panel discussion will focus on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. The panel will include three distinguished NIU scholars: Professor Arriola; Dr. Laverne Gyant, Director of the Center for Black Studies; and Dr. Dianne Rodgers, Associate Professor of Sociology.  The event is sponsored by the NIU Department of History and Women’s Studies Program.  Please note: this is an update to an earlier announcement regarding this event.

Professor Arriola to Give Presentation at NIU

Professor Elvia Arriola is scheduled to give two presentations in the coming months on the main NIU campus in DeKalb.  She will serve as commentator to a presentation by Patrice Florvilus, a human rights attorney working in Haiti, as part of the speaker series by the NIU Anthropology Department.  The series is accompanying an exhibit at the NIU Anthropology Museum entitled "Fragments: Haiti Four Years after the Earthquake."   The presentation will take place Tuesday, February 25, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the Center for Black Studies.

Professor Arriola to Participate in Civil Rights Activism Conference

Professor Elvia Arriola will speak at "Looking Back, Moving Forward: Commemorating 50 Years of Civil Rights Activism 1964-2014," at Syracuse University, March 20-23, 2014.  The conference is action-oriented and will pay particular attention to events that occurred during 1964 including Freedom Summer; the murders of civil rights activists; passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act; and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize. 

Professor Arriola Part of Roundtable on Race and Class in Legal Academia

Professor Elvia Arriola will be on the roundtable at the annual Latina/o Critical Legal Theory Conference. The discussion is entitled "Presumed Incompetent: Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia, Possibilities for a Movement."  The conference is being held in Chicago, IL from October 3-6, 2013.

Professor Arriola Featured on National Radio Broadcast

Professor Elvia Arriola participated in a March 27, 2013 national broadcast conversation for Univision Radio on the topic of the gay marriage cases pending before the Supreme Court.

Professor Arriola Speaks on International Free Trade Panel

Professor Elvia Arriola was a panelist at "Who Benefits from Free Trade?," a symposium produced by the Centre Europe Tiers-Monde, based in Geneva, Switzerland, and held Nov. 1-3, 2012.  She sat on a panel addressing the impact of NAFTA on Mexico. Her co-panelists included a representative from the United Nations' program on Trade and Development, and a representative of the Canadian National Union of Postal Employees.

Professor Elvia Arriola speaks on free trade at a symposium in Geneva, Switzerland.

Professor Elvia Arriola Pens New Essay

Professor Elvia Arriola has written an essay for a new book entitled Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia.  Reviewers of the book include Gloria Steinem and Mari Matsuda.  The book is scheduled for publication in May 2012 from Utah State University Press.