Black Student Law Association Hosts Discussion with Community Leaders

Grand Rapids BLSA Community Impact Event

Pictured (front row) Kenyata McGill, BLSA president; Jada Manggrum, BLSA treasurer, ; and community members Nyong Etuk, Barbara McGill, and Chauntia Williams. Pictured (back row) Reuben Ndjerareou, LINC UP community liaison; Tracey Brame, WMU-Cooley Law School assistant dean; Donna Shirley, Bryan Blakely, new Kent County Black Caucus commission chair; Toresa Blakely, empowerment speaker; and WMU-Cooley Law School students Sorinna Griffin, Julian Williams, and Nikita Hyne.

On June 8, the WMU-Cooley Law School’s Black Student Law Association (BLSA) hosted a community leaders’ discussion at the Grand Rapids campus. The discussion, led by BLSA President Kenyata McGill, included topics on housing, gentrification, education, leadership, goals, and initiatives on how to support the Grand Rapids community.

Community leaders in attendance included Lynette Mills, president of the National Professional Women's Network; Reuben Ndjerareou, community liaison for LINC UP; Toresa Blakely, empowerment speaker; Bryan Blakely, commission chair of the New Kent County Black Caucus; and Jerry Bishop, pastor of local church Life Quest Ministers.

Bishop discussed how he believes millennials have lost their way because the foundation of values has deteriorated.  Bishop stated, "Where there is no vision, people perish. We need the community to focus on philanthropy.”

McGill discussed how WMU-Cooley Law School’s BLSA realizes there are challenges in the community and that the organization will continue to strive to make a positive impact. She stated, “I may not change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will.”


About Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School: Western Michigan University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School affiliated in 2014, combining the status of a nationally-ranked, public, comprehensive research university with the commitment to practical legal education of an independent, non-profit, national law school. WMU-Cooley is accredited by both the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The law school has provided nearly 20,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world, and enrolls classes in January, May, and September at its Lansing, Auburn Hills, and Grand Rapids, Michigan campuses, and its Tampa Bay, Florida campus. WMU and the law school continue to operate as independent institutions with their own governance structure and separate fiduciary responsibilities.



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