Creating Equitable Paths for the Future

By Victoria Husher-Price, Fellow Class of 2015
University of Denver

As a senior undergraduate student at the University of Denver, I realize how important Law School...Yes We Can (LSYWC) is in creating pathways for success in college and in pursuit of a JD. Throughout my time as an undergrad, I navigated through a variety of obstacles. As a student of color at a predominately white institution, I was faced with not only the pressure to succeed academically but also a variety of racial incidents on campus that impacted my everyday life, especially, through my leadership roles in organizations. While other students on campus were able to focus on and prioritize academics, students of color at my university were constantly faced with injustices that drained out time and energy.

My participation in LSYWC gave me the proper tools to adapt from high school to college academics, allowing me to create strong study habits and excel in my courses. Also, the program allowed me to stay on track in preparing for law school. LSYWC gave me preparatory opportunities for the LSAT that I would not have been able to obtain otherwise. The LSAT prep course that the program offered allowed me to improve my LSAT score in a way that will significantly improve my chance of admittance to law schools across the country.

Most importantly, throughout the years this program has ignited my passion for creating equitable academic opportunities for students of marginalized backgrounds. I strive to make college more accessible for underrepresented students. I am inspired by opportunities like LSYWC to help students succeed in college and prepare for their futures. This program and the networks and connections that have come from it have given me the confidence to tackle these issues. I currently work at the University of Denver Office of Admissions, serving as the Fellow for College Access and Group Visits. I plan all group visits that come to the university and help with college prep programs. I was just named a finalist for Student Employee of the Year at DU. My goal is to create an environment in which students can envision themselves at DU and have the resources and support on campus to thrive once they are on campus.

I have also had the pleasure to hold several leadership positions within organizations that have allowed me to collaborate with administrators to help improve the institution. Currently, I sit on the Undergraduate Student Government as an off-campus Senator and Chair of the Diversity Committee. This year I was able to pass a bill that created a Senator position for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence. Without my involvement in LSYWC and the opportunities it has provided, I would never have been able to excel at the University of Denver, creating a lasting impact for years to come.