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Kayla Smith

Law student, millennial thought leader. Striving to provide access to justice for marginalized communities.

Kayla Smith is currently in her second year at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law. She holds a Joint-Honours Bachelor of Social Science in Political Science and Public Administration in the French Immersion Program from the University of Ottawa. She is an Executive Member of the Black Law Students’ Association of Canada, and sits on her law schools’ Admission
Committee, Student Government, Faculty Council, Women and the Law club and on the Equity and Diversity Committee.

While completing her undergraduate degree, Kayla worked at Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada, and was an active volunteer on Parliament Hill at both the Senate and House of Commons. Prior to law school, Kayla interned at Imagine Canada, where she published a blog on millennial giving and appeared before a Senate Committee to discuss her research.

In 2016, Kayla was awarded the BLSA Cares scholarship for how she planned to give back to the Black community through her law degree. As a distinct community member, Kayla was recognized as a 2017 National Scholarship Recipient of the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) for speaking out against social justice barriers faced by people of colour. In 2018, she was awarded a Windsor Law Social Justice Fellowship, which allowed her to complete an internship at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, where she focused on racial justice.

Kayla enjoys blogging, singing on her church’s youth choir and dabbling in poetry and spoken word. She hopes to use her legal education to further her goal of providing access to justice for marginalized communities.