Osler Diversity Scholarship Program: 2021 Winners

We are pleased to announce the 2021 winners of the Osler Diversity Scholarship Program. Congratulations to Ommu-Kulsoom Jumada Abdul-Rahman and Brian Provo.


Ommu-Kulsoom

Ommu-Kulsoom is a law student at McGill University

Ommu-Kulsoom, McGill

Ommu-Kulsoom is a law student at McGill. Her commitment to diversity & inclusion includes implementing a Readers are Leaders program in multiple communities, and serving as co-director of the Federation of Black Canadians, helping to establish the Youth Council and leading the planning of multiple events.

Excerpt from submission:

“In my role as the Co-Director of the Federation of Black Canadians, I came into the organization when the Youth Council was simply an idea and had no members and most of those involved with the FBC where from Ontario. I built it up to having a 12-member executive team that represents 8 provinces. I also led the planning of timely events for our community such as a “National Call of Healing” after the events that took place in summer 2020 with the shooting deaths of Black people in the US and Canada. It created a space for Black Canadian youth to come together to heal as well as exchange ideas and experiences. We received great feedback from attendees about the event being needed and meaningful. We have held additional events such as one about Black joy and being Black in STEM.”


Brian

Brian is a law student at the University of Windsor

Brian, University of Windsor

Brian is a law student at the University of Windsor. His commitment to diversity & inclusion includes his efforts volunteering at the Aboriginal Legal Service, serving on the executive team of the Black Law Students Association to chair the Lloyd Dean Moot Competition, and working with the Nobellum and North Preston’s Future organizations. 

Excerpt from submission:

Before law school, I served as a volunteer at Aboriginal Legal Service in their community council program, working with Indigenous offenders post-incarceration. In this program, we helped clients understand the charges against them, directing them to community resources and creating plans of action favourable to judges in their future hearings.

 I am also vice president of operations at North Preston's Future charity. NPF is the governing body of Canada's largest and oldest Black Indigenous community located in North Preston, Nova Scotia. My responsibilities in this role include being present at community meetings, lobbying the government for community funding, protecting historic land which has been in the community for 250 + years and creating new initiatives to engage youth.”


About our Diversity Scholarship Program

As part of Osler’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, in 2018, the firm established the Osler Diversity Scholarship Program for eligible second-year law students. This program provides up to two $2,500 scholarships each year to law students who, like Osler, seek to promote diversity and inclusion.

Spearheaded by Osler’s Diversity Committee, this program is designed to ensure that law students are recognized and celebrated for their diversity and inclusion efforts. Applicants were asked to demonstrate their commitment to being a diversity leader within their law school, the legal profession or the broader non-law community.

Our scholarship Selection Committee included the firm’s Managing Partner Doug Bryce, Osler Diversity Committee Chair Shuli Rodal and other Osler members from the diversity committee.

We received many worthy applications and the decision was a tough one. Our sincere thanks goes out to all the students that applied. 

To read more about past winners of the Osler Diversity Scholarship Program, see here.