Posted on August 24, 2017
My name is Lanasa Clarkson and I am the Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) intern for the Fall 2017 semester. I am currently a junior at College of Charleston double majoring in Political Science and African American Studies.
After undergrad, I plan on enrolling into law school and becoming a civil rights attorney. For as long as I could remember, I’ve wanted to be a lawyer, however, it wasn’t until after coming to college that I realized how often the rights of individuals were blatantly ignored. This disregard of civil rights is what sparked my interest in civil rights law.
Lecia Brooks from the Southern Poverty Law Center played a significant role in my decision to practice civil rights law. During my freshman year, I had the opportunity to attend a luncheon with Ms. Brooks that focused on mass incarceration, economic justice, and immigrant justice. After leaving this event, I realized fighting for the civil rights of others was something that I would like to do in the long term.
I am excited to be working as the intern with the RSJI this semester because I am passionate about assisting in the education of race and social justice. I’m looking forward to closely working with the RSJI staff in the launching of the Charleston County Racial Disparities Report because the data results will show that structural racism, poverty, and residential segregation exist within the Charleston community. I am also looking forward to the learning and growing opportunities that this internship will provide.