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Braiding Diversity into Justice

Braiding Diversity into Justice is an annual event first offered in the Kitchener-Waterloo area in 2018. Its goal is to connect marginalized and/or racialized young women (cis and trans) between the ages of 16 and 20 with women working in the legal sector. Gender fluid and non-binary youth are also welcome. There is a place for everyone in the legal profession regardless of socio-economic status, disability, migration, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, or religion. Find inspiration from diverse women who are successful legal/justice sector professionals.

Braiding Diversity into Justice 2022 will take place on March 31, 2022, virtually from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Braiding Diversity into Justice event will take place by Zoom. In order to participate in this event you will need access to a computer, mobile, or tablet device with connection to the Internet.

This year’s Braiding Diversity event will include a motivational keynote from Jordana Goldlist, founder, JHG Criminal Law. Jordana Goldlist overcame struggles with addiction and homelessness as a teenager, and went on to graduate from law school and start her own criminal law practice. She discusses her unique story in this TEDx Talk called “Who Judges The Judge?” 

“If you think you don’t belong in the legal profession, you are exactly the type of person who needs to be here.” — Jordana Goldlist

Now available: Braiding Diversity Founders Scholarship  

This scholarship is available to any grade 12 or undergraduate University or College student in Ontario, pursuing post-secondary studies related to the many careers in the justice system at an Ontario University or College. The applicant must be a young person belonging to a group that has traditionally been marginalized (ie. experienced discrimination and social, economic, or political exclusion due to race, ethnicity, migration, socio-economic status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability or religion). The applicant must have attended a Braiding Diversity into Justice event in Kitchener, Ontario (online or in person), and must be a current or past resident of the Waterloo Region.

This scholarship has been created to assist a student who demonstrates academic excellence, a commitment to their studies, and who is in financial need. Members of the Braiding Diversity into Justice Planning Committee will review all applications and select the recipient. One scholarship will be offered per year. Apply by May 24, 2022 at 5pm.

Apply here

Media: 

 
CBC: “Waterloo region youth ready to take on law after diversity event.”

CBC: “40 girls, youth to visit Kitchener courthouse, learn about careers in law.”

The Record (2021): ‘You do belong’: Judges encourage young women of diverse backgrounds to pursue dreams in law

SNAP’d: “Braiding Diversity Into Justice.”

Braiding Diversity 2022 – Chief Justice Strathy letter

Chief Justice Morawetz – Braiding Diversity 2022 Letter of Support

Chief Justice Maisonneuve – Braiding Diversity 2022 Letter of Support

Letter from Minister of Justice Lametti – Braiding Diversity 2022

 

2022 Registration

 
Registration open: Tuesday, February 1st

Deadline to send application in: Tuesday, March 15th

Register by Monday, March 7th to receive a free Braiding Diversity into Justice T-shirt.

Spaces are limited. Registration will be closed once the event reach full capacity.

If you plan to join the event on a tablet or phone, we recommend you download the Zoom app in advance: https://zoom.us/

Important: Students registering for Braiding Diversity into Justice must request a permission form from their teacher authorizing them to miss the classes they would regularly attend during the online program. Students who are 18 years of age or older on March 30, 2022 may sign the form themselves and return it to their teacher. Students under the age of 18 on March 30, 2022 must have a parent or guardian sign the form and return it to their teacher. All forms must be submitted by March 15th.

Students must also coordinate with their teacher to agree on the location, such as the school library or a conference room, where they can participate in the Braiding Diversity into Justice program. 

If you are a teacher registering to accompany your students during the event, please email info@ojen.ca with “Braiding Diversity Teacher” in the subject line and we will assist you.

Braiding Diversity 2022 Flyer

Braiding Diversity 2022 Program Agenda

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Braiding Diversity into Justice Trailer

 

 

About Braiding Diversity 2022 

 

 

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