Paul L. Caron

Monday, January 25, 2021

Push For Greater Diversity At Law School With Only Four Black Students And One Black Professor

Vancouver Sun, Black Law Students Push For Increased Diversity at UBC Law School:

Allard (2017)Rebecca Barclay Nguinambaye always had a keen interest in social justice — and she was lucky enough to have the family support and mentorship that made a career in law seem possible.

“It’s not the reality for many students,” Nguinambaye said at UBC’s Peter A. Allard School of Law.

Nguinambaye, one of a handful of Black law scholars among approximately 600 students in Allard’s program, wants to ensure other Black students have access, opportunity and support to pursue careers in law.

The 27-year-old is the co-president (with Dinah Holliday) of the Black Law Students’ Association at Allard, and this year the duo — who make up half of Allard’s four Black law undergrads — is organizing the first Black Pre-Law Conference to invite Black undergraduate students to consider law school.

The BLSA, a national organization founded in 1991, provides community, networking opportunities and advocacy. ...

Allard has one Black tenure-track faculty member, said Nguinambaye.

“Like many law students, I had a keen interest in social justice,” said Nguinambaye. As a member of a marginalized group, she said, those issues were magnified. “I was interested in helping others and identifying areas of improvement in society and law, to some extent, it encourages a critical lens and advocacy”

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