University of Alberta alumnus Justyce Yuille selected as Marshall-Motley Scholar
Honors U of A graduate Justyce Yuille, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, African and African American Studies, and Criminal Justice, cum laudein 2020, is one of 10 students selected nationally to participate in the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program.
Funded by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program was launched last year to create a pipeline that “will equip the South with the next generation of civil rights attorneys trained to provide legal defense of unparalleled excellence in the pursuit of racial justice”.
In return for a full legal scholarship and professional development opportunities, Marshall-Motley Scholars commit to dedicating the first eight years of their careers to the practice of civil rights law in service to Black communities. from South.
“During her time at the University of Arkansas, Justyce distinguished herself academically, organizing her studies in such a way that she gained a broad understanding of the complicated relationship between race, social justice, and justice. legal system, preparation that will serve her well as she studies law,” said Acting Chancellor Charles F. Robinson.
A PASSION FOR RACIAL JUSTICE
Yuille credits her passion for racial justice to her faith and her family, who have long been community leaders and changemakers.
“My grandmother Hazel Bogard is 97 and during the civil rights movement she was president of the NAACP chapter in Little Rock,” Yuille said. “She moved into Bishop Street –– a white neighborhood –– and the Ku Klux Klan surrounded her house and tried to force her out of town. But she persevered, and that inspires me to continue the fight for racial justice.
Yuille served as the first vice president of the U of A chapter of the NAACP, as well as the first African-American chief justice in campus history for the U of A Associated Student Government. She interned at the Terrorism Research Center and the Fulbright Advisory Center and was a Black Alumni Society Fellow from 2018-2020. Active in the Jane B. Gearhart Full Circle Food Pantry, Razorback Food Recovery, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. , she was awarded the Volunteer of the Year by the Black Students Association and the Black Alumni Scholars in 2019.
After graduating from the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, Yuille was selected for a prestigious internship with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in 2020, which offered a front row seat to the story during the summer of civil unrest after the murder of George Floyd. She was also a marketing and research intern at the Woman’s National Democratic Club Educational Foundation.
Additionally, Yuille was an AmeriCorps teacher for Great Oaks Charter School in Wilmington, Delaware, where she taught English and social studies to 125 students. Currently, she is a research and communications intern for Issue One, a cross-partisan political reform group based in Washington, DC. FEC vs. Ted Cruz for Senate. She is also an intern for Nate Fleming’s campaign for the District of Columbia Council At-Large.
“Justyce was an outstanding student here on campus, and I am thrilled to see her selected for this prestigious honor,” said Lynda Coon, Dean of Honors College. “We look forward to following her career as a legal champion for racial justice.”
Yuille has not yet decided which law school she will attend but has committed to choosing a school in the South.
“Eventually, I would like to become a judge,” she says.
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