Major(s): Government, Sociology

What is your current role? What was your journey in arriving there?
I am currently pursuing a Juris Doctorate (JD) at Rutgers Law School – Newark alongside a Master of Public Affairs and Politics (MPAP) at the Bloustein School of Public Policy at Rutgers University. I have been an active member of the Association of Black Law Students and the Minority Student Program, demonstrating his commitment to fostering diversity and inclusivity within the legal community. Within these roles, I enjoy elevating, supporting, mentoring, and advocating for Black and Brown students.

I embarked on this journey as a pre-med student. However, mypath took a profound turn when I encountered the complexities of Organic chemistry, prompting me to reevaluate my career aspirations. Eager to find a vocation that not only showcased my strengths but also ignited my passion, I transitioned to a double major in Sociology and Government. This change in direction served as the foundational stepping stone for my realization that law school was the natural progression in my academic and career evolution. My unwavering commitment to honing my skills and using them to affect positive change in society stands is a testament to my dedication to making a meaningful impact in the world. My transformative journey epitomizes the profound influence of education and the pursuit of justice.

What do you enjoy about your work? What do you struggle with?
As a dedicated student, I enjoy engaging in organizing and participating in various forms of movement lawyering. My role, as an active student, involves holding the administration accountable for their commitment to protecting, supporting, and uplifting marginalized communities often showcased in their promotional materials. My passion lies in ensuring that the voices of black and brown law students are not only heard but also genuinely represented in administrative initiatives and decision-making processes. This commitment reflects my unwavering dedication to fostering equity and inclusivity, and it drives my aspiration to be an agent of change in the quest for a more just and representative educational environment.

The legal industry, like many others, grapples with significant challenges related to diversity and inclusion. This issue is deeply rooted and multifaceted, making it imperative for us to confront and address it. At its core, the lack of diversity in the legal profession hampers the industry’s ability to represent and serve a diverse and complex society effectively.

First and foremost, the legal field faces a persistent diversity gap, particularly among leadership and partnership roles. Historically underrepresented groups, including people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with disabilities, often find limited opportunities for advancement. The lack of diverse perspectives within legal organizations not only perpetuates inequality but also undermines the profession’s capacity to understand and advocate for the needs of an increasingly diverse clientele.

Moreover, there is a concerning shortage of attorneys actively seeking to reform the current legal system. While some legal professionals work tirelessly to drive change, many are either unaware of the extent of the problem or are reluctant to challenge the status quo. This complacency stems from the comfort of predictability and the privilege that often accompanies a JD. In many cases, attorneys, particularly those in more privileged positions, may be hesitant to risk their own security or challenge a system that has benefited them.

However, addressing the diversity and inclusion challenge in the legal field is not just a matter of altruism or moral duty; it’s essential for the profession’s long-term vitality and relevance. Diverse perspectives and experiences bring innovation, creativity, and a deeper understanding of complex legal issues. By fostering a more inclusive legal community, we can better represent our clients, promote fairness, and work towards a more just and equitable society.

To affect lasting change, the legal industry must actively encourage diversity and inclusion at all levels, from law schools to law firms and the judiciary. Legal professionals should be encouraged and supported to advocate for change, both within their organizations and in the broader legal community. By addressing the diversity and inclusion challenges, we can build a stronger, more responsive, and more equitable legal profession that better serves the diverse needs of our society.

How did your time at Wesleyan influence your career choice/journey?
Wesleyan has been a transformative part of my educational journey, providing me with invaluable tools and nurturing my confidence to explore and embrace new horizons. The university’s unique learning environment not only encouraged but celebrated a culture of experimentation and growth. It taught me the importance of being willing to fail, as it is through those experiences that we truly learn and evolve. Wesleyan empowered me to pursue the skills and practices that genuinely resonated with me, allowing me to delve into uncharted territories with a sense of purpose and curiosity. This nurturing environment instilled in me the self-assurance to step out of my comfort zone and embrace the richness of learning, knowing that it is in the pursuit of passions and the acceptance of occasional setbacks that we discover our true potential. Wesleyan’s commitment to fostering a culture of intellectual and personal exploration has undoubtedly shaped me into a more resilient, creative, and confident individual.

Do you have any advice for students thinking about entering your industry?
For pre-law students and those aspiring to pursue a legal career, it’s essential to understand that becoming an attorney is not only attainable but also well within your reach! YOU CAN DO IT! You don’t need to be the most outstanding student or the most brilliant intellect to make it in the legal field. YOU ARE ENOUGH! I, too, was not the most stellar student, but I always strived to do my best and let the pieces fall where they may. It’s important not to be discouraged by the achievements or testimonies of others because your journey is uniquely yours. Success in the legal profession is often a reflection of perseverance, resilience, and a commitment to your goals. So, believe in yourself, put in the effort, and remember that your path to becoming an attorney is entirely achievable, regardless of your background or academic history.


Updated February 27, 2024

Work Experience
  • Law Student
  • Rutgers Law School - Newark
Advocacy & Social Justice, BIPOC, Exploring, Government & Policy, Law
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