From the Nominator
Six students of color at our Campbell University School of Law shared their very personal experiences about race, inequality, and the lack of diversity in the justice system for our cover feature. They shared stories of harassment from law enforcement, facing racism, growing up with incarcerated family members, and their ultimate decisions to choose the justice field to change the system. Each story touches on a program or initiative launched by the law school, such as the reformative justice program, or initiatives to increase diversity in the school. Each student sat down for a one-hour interview via Zoom for the feature, and took part in a photo shoot in downtown Raleigh, NC, a month later (at a time when businesses were still boarded up after BLM marches).
The story was a bold step for this magazine. Our audience is getting more diverse, but many of our most prominent alumni attended Campbell when it was 80-90 percent white. Campbell is still considered one of the more conservative schools in the country today, yet the administration fully supported this story.
From the Judges
We enjoyed this piece on its own, and the perspectives were delightful to read.