New Fellow in Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations Brings Life Experiences to His Work

Published: October 2nd, 2006

Category: Feature, News

For Lee Glover, a long-held interest in race relations was only deepened after studying abroad in South Africa last year.

“It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had,” says Glover, a third-year student in the Levin College of Law. “It affected me in a very personal way. It was an incredible opportunity to see how people really live there.”

Lee GloverToday, Glover is back in law school, where he recently was awarded a fellowship at the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations.

Originally from Port St. Lucie, Glover earned his undergraduate degree in legal studies from the University of Central Florida in 1994. His interests in law school are in civil rights and employment discrimination law.

He also worked last summer at the law school’s Virgil Hawkins Civil Clinic, which allowed Glover to gain a lot of practical, hands-on experience working under a supervising attorney on real cases for indigent clients.

Glover said he initially learned about the Center for the Study of Race and Relations when the center’s director, Dr. Katheryn Russell-Brown, spoke at one of his classes.

“I have always been interested in race and race relations,” says Glover, who hopes to work following graduation in Atlanta, where his family now resides. “I have had a very diverse group of friends and have always been interested in reading about sociology and history. So Professor Russell-Brown just sparked an interest that was already there. So when I saw the fellowship opening I thought the chance to work under her would be a great opportunity for me to do what I love, and network as well.”

Glover is also involved in the American Constitutional Society and is on the executive board of the Black Law Students Association. “My goal is to learn as much as I can from the people I work with. There are a lot of misconceptions about race, and they need to be talked about in an open forum so many of those may be laid to rest. I believe the center provides that forum.”