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Braiding Diversity into Justice

For many marginalized and vulnerable young people, a career in law may feel out of their reach. Braiding Diversity into Justice and other OJEN career modeling programs help young people “see themselves in law” by introducing them to legal professionals with whom they share similar backgrounds or experiences. The goal of these programs is to show that 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.

Braiding Diversity into Justice began as an initiative of the Waterloo OJEN Committee in 2018. It was designed as a single-day, in-person event, however it can be modified for remote delivery and the time can be adjusted as required. In the Waterloo context, registration has historically been open to young women (cis and trans) between the ages of 16 and 20 who are interested in pursuing a career in justice. The program can be adapted for any audience depending on the needs and interests of youth in your community.

The program showcases a variety of legal professionals, emphasizing the different careers in justice and the non-linear pathways to reach them.

If you are not a part of a Local OJEN Committee, email, and OJEN will connect you to the OJEN Committee in your area.

If you are part of an OJEN Committee and have any other questions about the program, email

Braiding Diversity Programs 2023-2024

Braiding Diversity into Justice Trailer



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