Why is D&I important to your Law Society?
Kingston University is a cultural melting pot and having individuals from different backgrounds and upbringings enable us to look at situations from a unique and new perspective. Since our university and society appeals to diverse groups, our members can assist other students who were once in their position. The legal field is one where advice is greatly appreciated, and we want our members, no matter their background to know that they have the opportunity to obtain the legal career they aspire to.
Highlights of ways that your Law Society has tried to increase diversity
Kingston University Law Society has actively ensured that diversity and inclusively is embraced in all aspects of our society. We currently have an all-female committee, a first in recent years. Each event is selected to ensure that members from all types of backgrounds can benefit from them. In an effort to make the society more inclusive, from 2018, we have opened our events to non-law students who are interested in a career in law. This was achieved by doing more cross campus advertising instead of only targeting law students. Last year, our society hosted the inaugural Law Fair which was attended by law firms and non-law organisations. This provided students with the opportunity to network with companies beyond the legal sector – a welcomed initiative by those who attended.
President of Kingston University Law Society, 2019-2020
As the daughter of two immigrants, I was able to understand what kind of difficulties and concerns arise with regards to individuals social and civic childhoods, especially regarding ethnic minorities. Since becoming the President of the Law Society, I have made sure that as a committee, we do everything in our power to provide equal opportunities for each and every member of our society. We offer events that are beneficial to all students regardless of their backgrounds. Diversity and inclusion is one of the core beliefs of our Law Society.
Former President of Kingston University Law Society, 2018-2019
One of the ways we set out to diversify the society was by running events that were not law specific. Our partnership with a mental health charity, allowed us to focus on an issue faced by many students. Our commitment to members led to our Law Society winning ‘Best Academic Society’ from our Students’ Union.