Jacquelyn Branscomb Contributes to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

On July 24, second-year evening student Jacquelyn Branscomb wrote an article, and was featured in a separate article, discussing the impact and implications of the law school's renaming on diversity.

Jacquelyn Branscomb
Jacquelyn Branscomb

Excerpt from The Problem Behind GMU Law School Name Change, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, July 24, 2016. By Jacquelyn Branscomb.

I love my classmates and the staff at school. Now that the name change is official, my goal as a student (and in the future, as an alumnus) is to help make this law school a better, more diverse and inclusive school regardless of the name. We have a great opportunity to make this school better. The slogan seen throughout the school and on our website is “Learn. Challenge. Lead.” I want this to apply not only to the students of GMUSL, but to the Law School itself.

As a student I am asking my school to:

Learn more about your students and alumni and more about diversity and inclusion in order to better prepare your students (and law school) for the future.

Challenge yourself to be more diverse and inclusive, and to find ways to incorporate diversity into our legal education, in order to better prepare your students to serve the diverse clients of Virginia and America.

Lead your faculty, staff, and students in understanding the importance of diversity and inclusion both at school and in the legal profession in general.

Read Ms. Branscomb's full article.

Excerpt from GMU Law School Renaming a Possible Roadblock to Diversity, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, July 24, 2016. By Jamaal Abdul-Alim.

“I have mixed feelings about it but law school is expensive,” Branscomb told Diverse in reference to her scholarship to study law at Mason, where tuition for law school students is about $25,000 for in-state students and about $41,000 for out-of-state students.

Branscomb ultimately accepted the [Linwood Holton] scholarship. She declined to disclose the amount but said her rationale was that the money would not only help pay her way through law school but help enable her to fight to improve diversity as well. Branscomb is of mixed Filipino and African-American heritage.

“I figured, why not use the money to improve diversity at the school? Because I feel like I have a different political background than most people at the school,” said Branscomb, who is a board member of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and a member of the Black Law Student Association at Mason.

Read the full article.