Why is D&I important to your Law Society?
The current committee members appreciate that the legal profession is changing and that diversity is gradually increasing within it. Diversity and inclusion are essential to adapt to the changing nation. A diverse and inclusive society is essential to ensure broadmindedness, creativity and success.
Highlights of ways that your Law Society has tried to increase diversity
This year’s committee is represented by a diverse group of SHU Law and Criminology students, both male and female students from a range of ethnic backgrounds. Our Equalities and Diversity Officer has ensured that all socials/events are inclusive for all students.
Listening to our society members allowed us to develop an understanding of the type of guest speakers or events that students wanted and implement relevant changes to increase attendance at events. Instead of organising to meet at a local bar for drinks, we organised an event in the moot court on campus providing halal pizza, with no alcoholic drinks served. The committee funds covered the cost of food at the event to ensure all students were able to attend regardless of their financial situation. All events and socials since this discussion with members have been successful and the turnout has increased significantly.
Law Society President
As someone with a disability, I understand the problems that can arise due to being from a disadvantaged background. My main aim as President has been to ensure that every student is integrated into the society regardless of their race, age, gender, religion or disability.
I thoroughly enjoy attending events and socials organised by the Committee. The society’s use of social media allows me to ask any questions at any time and make suggestions for future events and socials. For the first time since starting university, I am integrated into a society and enjoy participating in all events organised.