As a first class to break records when it comes to the number of graduating students who made a gift to their school and all future UCLA students, the Class of 2018 has established a scholarship to benefit the likes of Allyne Andrade e Silva and Leslie Joya. The newly established UCLA Class of 2018 Scholarship fund is supported by contributions from the law school community and the Class of 1975.
Thanks to their own accomplishments, Allyne Andrade e Silva and Leslie Joya are this year’s (and first-ever) recipients of the newly launched Class of 2018 Scholarship. As an LL.M. candidate, Allyne Andrade e Silva ’19 is currently specializing in Critical Race Studies, while Leslie Joya ’21 is a first-year student at UCLA Law, where she is enrolled in the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy.
Both Andrade e Silva and Joya are committed to human rights advocacy and have first-hand experience with legal services and non-profit organizations. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Andrade e Silva has been witnessing racial inequality since she was a child. Leslie Joya had similar experiences in Los Angeles, where she was working with Immigrant Justice Corps and aiding working-class families.
Before she came to UCLA, Andrade e Silva has earned a master’s in human rights and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Sao Paulo, while Leslie Joya is a ‘14 graduate of Harvard University.
At UCLA, the Class of 2018 scholarship will be presented every year to exemplary students who, like Andrade e Silva and Joya, demonstrate a commitment to underserved communities despite their own financial struggles, but are also among the first generation in their families to pursue higher education.