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About the Director


Pershia Wilkins is a native of Jamaica, West Indies. She previously served as Assistant Director for Student & Recent Graduate Relations in Albany Law's Career Center, and also worked in the school's Law Library. She is a graduate from Nassau Community College (A.S., Business Administration) and University at Albany (SUNY), School of Business (B.A. in Economics; M.B.A. ’12) and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.  

Wilkins is very active in the greater Albany community and is affiliated with many organizations including local political organizations; the NAACP Rosa Parks Literacy Academy; Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital District; Caring Together - Ovarian Cancer Support (Ovarian Cancer Walk/Run) and United Way of Northeastern New York.  Since January 2007, she has served on the Executive Board of Directors for The Legal Project (a private, not-for-profit organization that was founded by the Capital District Women's Bar Association in 1995). The Legal Project (with its over 50 pro bono attorneys) believes that all people regardless of income, gender, disability, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, or ethnicity should have access to legal services.  This belief reflects a deep commitment to fairness and equal justice under the law.  She is a Kate Stoneman Committee member, an ex officio member of the law school's Harassment Committee and the Faculty Diversity Committee.  She is the Primary Campus Representative for the U.S. Department of Justice's Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking Grant, "Stop Abuse Against Women." 

Conferences and Professional Development:

Annual Meeting of Law School Diversity Professionals, Minneapolis, Minn., 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 

Campus Trainings & Technical Assistance Institutes - (Required CALCASA Trainings for a $439,000 grant, received in 2007) Grant No. 2007-WA-AX-0017 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Depa​rtment of Justice, for our "Stop Abuse Against Women" Campaign, Summer 2008 (San Diego, CA); Winter 2009 (Honolulu, HI); Summer 2009 (Dallas, TX), Winter 2010 (Orlando, FL); Summer 2010 (Las Vegas, NV)

Council on Legal Education Opportunity Conference (CLEO), Atlanta, Ga., 2010, 2011   

Latino Justice Conference (Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund - PRLDEF), New York, N.Y., 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Law School Symposium, Opening Doors: Making Diversity Matter in Law School Admissions, New York, N.Y., 2009, 2011

Mid-west Association of Pre-law Advisors (MAPLA) Conference, Chicago, IL, 2011

National Black Pre-Law Conference, Houston, Texas, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011   

National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

NALP, Legal Career Professionals Conference, 2003, 2005

NALP New Professionals' Forum, 2001