Legal education at McGill is a powerful source of knowledge that is transferrable to the real world. Law and community engagement are the mechanisms through which I seek to bring about positive change in my community.
In collaboration with my classmates and young leaders across Montreal, I am continuously working to move Montreal towards being inclusive and equitable. I decided to launch a petition to hold a public consultation on systemic racism and discrimination to not only mitigate inequality but to celebrate diversity, to ignite a paradigm shift in the minds of government and corporate leaders. I recognize that inclusion, equity and justice are pursuits, not destinations. It will take a lifetime of work and a commitment to training and educating the next generation if we are to build a Canadian society in line with our constitution.
My involvement at McGill and in my city is the way I give back to the institutions that are moving our society towards inclusion and equity.”
My legal education at McGill continues to be a source of empowerment. My work with Montreal’s public consultation was fueled by contributions from McGill Law professors, most notably Professor Adelle Blackett. Professor Blackett actively supported and counselled me throughout the process and provided her expertise in employment law during the consultations on employment discrimination.
Moreover, Professor Shauna Van Praagh and Professor Mark Walters are notable influences in how I approach policy and my vision for an inclusive Montreal in line with the Canadian Constitution. The support and sense of community is further emphasized by Dean Robert Leckey of the Faculty of Law. Dean Leckey’s support of the public consultation reflects his attention to what students are accomplishing and his leadership on issues like constitutional rights, social justice and equality.
I feel privileged to be able to learn from some of the best professors in the world here at McGill University. My involvement at McGill and in my city is the way I give back to the institutions that are moving our society towards inclusion and equity. Giving back to McGill is giving back to the university that gave me one of the best opportunities I can imagine: the opportunity to learn from the best and act on that knowledge for and with my community.