Reem Yehdego’s volunteer work with a community legal centre inspired her to pursue studies in the Australian legal system.
RMIT really encourages its students to engage in the workforce. Volunteering helped me mature intellectually and built my character.
Why did you choose to study the Bachelor of Legal and Dispute Studies at RMIT?
I have always been deeply interested in human rights and wanted to do something that would make a change to society.
For the past five years, I have been volunteering at the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre (FKCLC), working in an advocacy role on a police accountability project that deals with legal cases of brutality and racialised policing.
I enrolled in the Bachelor of Legal and Dispute Studies because the degree offered courses in sociology and law, which helped me better understand the social impacts of law. The degree gave me the skills I needed to empower, enrich and amplify the voices of people that have been lost or silenced in issues that I engage with.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
My greatest achievement has been co-designing and organising the first People’s Hearing into Racism and Policing in Melbourne. Held at the Melbourne Town Hall, the hearing allowed people to unapologetically feel and express emotion and tell their stories of violence and racial profiling without the fear of backlash. This process was both empowering and inspiring to storytellers, listeners and facilitators and greatly contributed to the promises made by Victoria Police in the release of their Equality Is Not The Same report in 2014.